Is your Instagram feed is currently filled with images of turquoise blue waters, swaying palm trees, and umbrella-lined shorelines? Same. If social media is any indication, seemingly everyone you know is vacationing in an impossibly lush and tropical destination this summer.
Quench your Instagram-induced wanderlust with a tropical rum concoction.
Ahead, we're sharing the best rum cocktails to sip on when you'd rather be on a white-sand beach. Just because you're not packing your bags for paradise doesn't mean that you can't get a little taste of a tropical vacation, right? From a pineapple punch to a hibiscus rum smash to a minty mojito, these rum cocktails are so good they'll transport you to the Caribbean. All that's missing is a tiny umbrella garnish.
Frozen Pineapple Campari Rum Punch
Level of Difficulty: Easy. Just add all the ingredients for this frozen punch recipe to a blender.
Hero Ingredient: The pineapple, which lends a sweet, tropical flavor to this sippable punch.
Serving Tip: "I love finishing off my drinks with a couple of lime wedges and edible flowers," divulges recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
Tropical Strawberry Hibiscus Rum Smash
Level of Difficulty: Moderate. Mixing up this tropical-inspired cocktail recipe includes making a hibiscus tea (which means finding dried hibiscus flowers). But once you've gathered all the ingredients, it comes together easily.
Hero Ingredient: The mango juice. For equally tropical vibes, you could swap in pineapple or passion fruit juice, notes recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
Serving Tip: Top off this cocktail with a hot pink flourish by slowly pouring the hibiscus tea into the glass last before serving.
Rhubarb Mint Mojito
Level of Difficulty: Moderate. You'll need to get out a saucepan to make the rhubarb mint simple syrup for this minty mojito recipe.
Hero Ingredient: The rhubarb. This subtly sweet seasonal fruit gives this rum cocktail its pink hue.
Serving Tip: "Use a vegetable peeler to peel one stalk of rhubarb into fine ribbons," suggests recipe creator Sarah of Broma Bakery. "Curl into a spiral to shape the rhubarb, then use as a garnish along with more mint and a few lime wedges."
Minty Mojito Margaritas
Level of Difficulty: Moderate. This mojito margarita recipe calls for making homemade mint simple syrup, so allow for an extra 20 minutes of prep time when you want to whip up this rum cocktail.
Hero Ingredient: Grand Marnier. This orange-flavored liqueur ties the flavor profiles of the rum and tequila together in this two-in-one cocktail recipe.
Serving Tip: Garnish with a mixture of coarse salt and sugar on the rim of each glass before serving.
Blackberry Lilac Mojito
Level of Difficulty: Moderate. The lilac simple syrup is easy to make but needs to cool completely before you can mix up these blackberry lilac mojitos, adding to the needed prep time.
Hero Ingredient: The blackberries. This quintessential summer fruit has met its true purpose in this rum cocktail recipe.
Serving Tip: Add a sprig of fresh lilac to each glass before sipping.