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11 Tropical Rum Cocktails to Drink

I’ve spent years mixing drinks, and I can tell you, nothing beats the refreshing zing of tropical rum cocktails. They blend smooth rum with vibrant fruits like pineapple and mango and exotic touches of coconut and ginger. Each sip transports you to sunny shores, even if you’re just in your backyard. I love how these drinks balance sweetness and tang, topped with a splash of summer in every glass. Trust me, this roundup is a treasure trove of flavors you’ll want to explore.

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Pina Colada Cocktail

Piña Colada

This luscious milkshake of a rum cocktail is so good, Jimmy Buffet wrote a song about it! Pina Coladas blend coconut milk or cream of coconut with pineapple juice and rum to create one of the most famous tropical rum cocktails in the world. I like to garnish a pina colada with a triangle of pineapple and a maraschino cherry.
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rum runner cocktail with ingredients at the background

Rum Runner Cocktail

Originating in the 1950s at a local Florida Tiki Bar, the Rum Runner Cocktail packs a double dose of rum, using both light and dark rum. It also contains banana and blackberry liqueur, making the rum runner cocktail both sweet and highly alcoholic. The pineapple juice and grenadine add a bit of tang, but more than one of these, and you’ll regret it the next day!
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Boozy Refreshing Rum Bahama Mama Cocktail with ingredients

Bahama Mama

This colorful drink looks like those dreamy Caribbean sunsets. Bahama Mamas use a whopping three types of rum to a mixture of pineapple and orange juice. The final touch is a splash of grenadine which creates a bottom layer of red that fades into orange, and finally yellow. The combination of coconut rum with pineapple and orange is heavenly!
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painkiller cocktail with ingredients


Originating in the 1970s from the owners of the Soggy Dollar Bar on the British Virgin Islands, the Painkiller will turn any frown upside down. It’s a novel twist on a pina colada, using a splash of orange juice and substituting coconut cream for cream of coconut, which is essentially coconut and cane sugar syrup. I think it’s less creamy but sweeter and more coconutty than a pina colada.
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classic mojito cocktail on a table in the sun

Classic Mojito

One of Cuba’s many mixology gifts, the mojito is the most refreshing and famous tropical rum cocktail in my opinion. While there have been countless variations, there’s nothing like the classic 5-ingredient mojito. Muddling mint lime juice and sugar makes the perfect refreshing infusion for rum, and it’s a fun activity for amateur mixologists.
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Classic Lime Daiquiri Cocktail with a Garnish


Named for a Cuban beach and iron mine, the Daiquiri originated during the turn of the 20th century, becoming popular in America during the 1940s. In its most basic form, the Daiquiri is a simple three-ingredient recipe consisting of rum, sugar, and lime juice blended in a shaker with tons of shaved ice. The shaker has been exchanged for frozen cocktail machines at all-inclusive resorts. Still, it's easy enough to create without fancy machinery.
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Traditional Mai Tai

San Francisco restaurateur Vic Bergeron created the Mai Tai in the 1930s to impress special guests from Tahiti. It has since become the universal Tiki drink. The Mai Tai is an elaborate concoction of exotic ingredients like curacao and orgeat syrup. It also contains white and aged rum. The nuttiness from the orgeat syrup only enhances the rum’s richness, making for a decadent taste of the tropics via California.
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bushwacker cocktail


Originating in 1975 at a pub on the Caribbean Island of St. Thomas, the Bushwacker is another creamy coconut cocktail, made even creamier with the addition of milk. Not only do you get a rich blast of coconut, but the Bushwacker adds chocolate and coffee to the mix with Kahlua and crème de Cacao. Who needs an ice cream sundae when you can order a Bushwacker. You even top it with whipped cream and a cherry.
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Rum Punch

Tropical Rum Punch

The ultimate jungle party pitcher, Tropical Rum Punch is a simple recipe that combines pineapple and orange juice with grenadine and gold rum. This recipe adds a few dashes of orange bitters to counter the sweetness from all that juice. I make this in large quantities and serve it in a fishbowl at parties.
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Tropical Bay Breeze

Another multi-colored tropical concoction, the Tropical Bay Breeze is a combination of coconut rum, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice. The acid from the cranberry and pineapple juice makes this cocktail refreshingly tart. It’s important to use no-sugar-added cranberry juice, otherwise, this cocktail will be too sweet. This is an easy cocktail to make into a pitcher without losing the cool color separation effect.
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goombay smash

A Bahamian favorite, the Goombay Smash uses white, dark, and coconut rum with pineapple and orange juice. The distinguishing ingredient in a Goombay Smash is apricot brandy. Usually “smash” refers to muddling ingredients, but this simple recipe entails throwing all ingredients into a glass. Perhaps the “smash” in this case refers to your level of inebriation after consuming a glass.
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A vibrant tropical rum cocktail. The cocktail, in the foreground, is served in a large, curved glass, brimming with a colorful drink in shades of blue, green, and yellow, evoking the essence of tropical beaches. It's garnished with a slice of pineapple, a maraschino cherry, and a small paper umbrella. Beside the glass, on a wooden bar top, there's a cut open coconut and a small bowl of tropical fruits like mango and papaya. The background features a lively beach scene, with palm trees, white sands, and a clear blue ocean under a bright sunny sky.

11 Tropical Rum Cocktail Recipes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 2 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tropical rum cocktails, tropical rum drinks
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
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Written by Paul Kushner

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