17 Summer Rum Cocktails for the Best Staycation
So many of our favorite vacation cocktails are made with rum, including mojitos, daiquiris, mai tais, pina coladas, and more. It's the liquor of summer. No matter where you are, these rum cocktails will make you feel like you're on vacation. So grab your paper umbrellas and and get to shaking, stirring, and blending these fun summer rum cocktails.
The Real Mojito
Possibly the most famous of all rum cocktails is the classic mojito. This simple, Cuban cocktail is a blend of fresh mint, lime, sugar, rum, and club soda. Reviewer Carrie says, "The great thing about this aptly named recipe is that it is so authentic. It tastes as it should — not too sweet, with some granulated sugar left at the end."
Coconut rum, vodka, and pineapple juice mingle to make a drink that’s meant for poolside sipping. Reviewer Chrissy DeCosmo Fessler says, "Very refreshing on a hot summer night!"
Best Strawberry Daiquiri
A strawberry daiquiri is a classic vacation drink that's made with frozen strawberries, lime juice, lemon juice, rum, and lemon-lime soda. "A perfect balance of berry, citrus, and rum," says reviewer CRYSTAL-LYNN.
Pina Colada III
Pineapple and coconut were meant to be together, and with a little rum you have the perfect summertime trio. "I used canned pineapple in the blender instead of juice and omitted the sugar and it was amazing," says reviewer ghatcher25. "So far the best piña colada that I've made at home. I'll never buy a store mix again."
The Hawaiian Islands' most famous cocktail never disappoints. "Fabulous, easy...love the addition of coconut rum. Brings me back to sitting by the pool in Hawaii," says reviewer tcannava.
Mojitos by the Pitcher
"I have served this to people who have sworn that they dislike mojitos and they love it," says recipe creator malgal. "I believe it is the fresh ingredients and the use of sugar, instead of simple syrup, muddled together that makes this cocktail refreshing and delicious. It takes a little bit of work but the results are well worth it. Serve over ice." This pitcher recipe is great for serving a crowd.
This stress-relieving blend of vodka, rum, peach schnapps, orange juice, and cranberry juice will help take the edge off after a long day. "The peach schnapps gives it a sweet, the cranberry and oj gives it sour. A good balance, not too sweet and not too sour," says reviewer peggyned.
The REAL Long Island Iced Tea
This is our most popular LIIT recipe, and for good reason. "I will gladly verify that this is the original PROPER recipe for long island iced tea," says reviewer Rob.
"Yes, it's yummy and authentic," says reviewer Barbara Sullivan Berheimer. "But watch out, especially when serving to guests. It doesn't taste as boozy as it is. This tropical drink is best served in a hurricane glass."
Fresh strawberries give a pretty pink hue and fruity flavor to a classic cocktail. Some reviewers suggest cutting down on the sugar called for in the recipe. "This was very light and refreshing! Especially for a summer day," says reviewer sh267582.
Tanning Bed Drink
This cocktail requires just three ingredients: coconut rum, pineapple juice, and a maraschino cherry. "One of my favorite standbys," says reviewer Cammie. "Great on a summer day. Occasionally, I add a splash of Amaretto which give it an excellent taste and ups the alcohol content!"
Malibu Bay Breeze
A Malibu Bay Breeze is similar to a Tanning Bed Drink, just with the addition of cranberry juice for an ombre appearance. "I love Malibu Bay Breezes and have been looking for a good recipe," says reviewer Lamom23. "This one is the best! Made a gallon of it and took to a party. Almost all the ladies there switched to drinking it and kept talking about how good it was."
Blue Hawaiian Cocktail
"Invented in Hawaii in the 1950s, the Blue Hawaiian will have you crooning like Elvis." Cream of coconut gives this drink a rich and creamy texture, that's both decadent and refreshing.
Dark 'n' Stormy Cocktail
This is a popular drink within the sailing community, and it's also the national drink of Bermuda. Dark rum and ginger beer combine for a refreshing, no-fuss cocktail. "This might just be my new favorite drink," says reviewer Sarah Jo.
This cocktail offers a little something for everyone. Recipe creator VANESSA44 says, "A cocktail made with vodka, rum, tequila, triple sec, raspberry liqueur and cola."
Cocojito (Frozen Mojito)
"A yummy frozen mojito with a slight coconut sweetness," says recipe creator AngS. "Add more cream of coconut for a sweeter drink. Add more rum for a stronger one! Enjoy!"