The 15 Best Rum Cocktails to Sip on This Summer

Esmeralda fizz rum cocktail

Sugar & Cloth

Is your Instagram feed filled with images of turquoise blue waters, swaying palm trees, and umbrella-lined shorelines? Same. Ahead, we're sharing the best rum cocktails to sip on when you would 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 15 rum cocktails (including one popsicle cocktail) are so good they'll transport you straight to sandy shores. All that's missing is a tiny umbrella garnish.

Here are our picks for the best rum cocktails to try tonight.

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Arugula Pineapple Daiquiri

Pineapple arugula daiquiri

Salt & Wind

Level of Difficulty: Easy. All you need to make Salt & Wind's arugula pineapple daiquiri are 7 ingredients and 5 minutes of hands-on time. You'll need white rum, angostura bitters, agave, pineapple, baby arugula, and ice. Puree the pineapple, muddle the arugula, and combine.

Hero Ingredient: Baby arugula lends this cocktail unexpected oomph.

Serving Tip: The pineapple puree can be made up to a day in advance.

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Red Grapefruit and Rum Spritzers

Red grapefruit spritzer cocktail

Spoon Fork Bacon 

Level of Difficulty: Easy. This citrus spritzer only requires three ingredients; which, according to Spoon Fork Bacon makes for a quick pre-dinner party apéritif.

Hero Ingredient: Red grapefruit makes this cocktail extra zesty.

Serving Tip: Garnish with a lemon wedge.

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Cucumber and Ginger Mojito

Cucumber ginger mojito

 Salt & Wind

Level of Difficulty: Easy. Salt & Wind's riff on the classic mojito swaps ginger beer for club soda, and adds cucumber.

Hero Ingredient: Ginger beer adds a slight bite to this Cuban cocktail.

Serving Tip: Garnish with reserved cucumber spears and fresh mint.

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Planters Punch With Hibiscus Syrup

Planters punch cocktail

Cooks With Cocktails

Level of Difficulty: Moderate. The duo behind Cooks With Cocktails makes their version of this rum punch with hibiscus syrup (made with dried hibiscus flowers) instead of grenadine, which, depending on where you live, may be difficult to source.

Hero Ingredient: Hibiscus syrup and a splash of sparkling wine on top makes this cocktail dazzle. You'll also need dark rum, and citrusy juices like pineapple and orange juice.

Serving Tip: Garnish with orange, lime, and lemon slices.

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Bootleg Cocktail

Bootlegger cocktail

Garnish With Lemon 

Level of Difficulty: Easy. Garnish With Lemon shows us how to make a Bootleg cocktail (which, they write, is a local Minnesotan classic), with only five ingredients.

Hero Ingredient: Fresh mint lend this citrusy cocktail added refreshment, alongside frozen lemonade and limeade, club soda, and rum.

Serving Tip: This cocktail is versatile enough to be made with gin (which Garnish With Lemon prefers), and vodka.

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Mango Colada

Mango colada cocktail

Muy Bueno Cookbook

Level of Difficulty: Moderate. Take the time to hunt down coconut cream, mango (or guava) puree, and fresh mango if possible; though frozen mango works well too.

Hero Ingredient: Mango offers a different yet familiar twist to the classic piña colada (made with pineapple), thanks to Muy Bueno Cookbook's mango colada recipe.

Serving Tip: Garnish with a pineapple wedge and maraschino cherries.

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Frozen Pineapple Campari Rum Punch

Tropical Strawberry Hibiscus Rum Smash

Half Baked Harvest

Level of Difficulty: Easy. Just add all the ingredients for this frozen punch recipe to a blender.

Hero Ingredient: 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.

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Tropical Strawberry Hibiscus Rum Smash

Frozen Pineapple Campari Rum Punch

Half Baked Harvest

Level of Difficulty: Moderate. Mixing up this tropical-inspired cocktail recipe from Half Baked Harvest includes making a hibiscus tea (which means finding dried hibiscus flowers). Once you've gathered all the ingredients, it comes together easily.

Hero Ingredient: 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.

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Rhubarb Mint Mojito

Rhubarb Mint Mojito

Broma Bakery

Level of Difficulty: Moderate. You'll need to get out a saucepan to make the rhubarb mint simple syrup for this minty mojito recipe from Broma Bakery.

Hero Ingredient: Rhubarb is a subtly sweet, seasonal fruit that 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."

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Minty Mojito Margaritas

Mojito Margaritas

How Sweet Eats

Level of Difficulty: Moderate. This mojito margarita recipe from How Sweet Eats 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.

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Blackberry Lilac Mojito

Blackberry Lilac Mojito

Half Baked Harvest

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 from Half Baked Harvest, adding to the needed prep time.

Hero Ingredient: 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.

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Pomegranate Pineapple Rum Sour

Pineapple pomegranate rum sour

The Charming Detroiter 

Level of Difficulty: Moderate. You'll want a cocktail shaker to create the froth needed for this rum sour cocktail from The Charming Detroiter, thanks to an egg white. Shake well!

Hero Ingredient: We can't decide between the egg white (see froth vibes: Above), or the pineapple and pomegranate juices, and angostura bitters, which make this cocktail slightly sweet and tart.

Serving Tip: Serve in a chilled glass.

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Esmeralda Fizz Sparkling Rum Cocktail

Esmeralda fizz rum cocktail

Sugar & Cloth 

Level of Difficulty: Moderate to difficult, but only if you don't already have a well-stocked bar. For this Esmeralda Fizz cocktail from Sugar & Cloth, you'll need peach brandy, absinthe, and angostura bitters; ingredients that the occasional imbiber may not already have.

Hero Ingredient: If possible, use freshly squeezed orange juice to level up this fizzy cocktail (thanks to a Champagne or sparkling wine topper).

Serving Tip: Garnish with a few orange slices, and fresh mint sprigs.

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Watermelon Papaya Rum Smoothie

Watermelon papaya rum smoothie

Sugar & Cloth 

Level of Difficulty: Moderate. Chopping up and freezing fruit like watermelon and pineapple is fairly easy, though locating papaya might take more than one trip to the grocery store or farmers market. But it's totally worth the hunt to make this fruity, boozy watermelon papaya rum smoothie from Sugar & Cloth.

Hero Ingredient: Coconut milk adds creamy, tropical consistency, writes Sugar & Cloth.

Serving Tip: Garnish with a pineapple slice, and mint sprigs.

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Painkiller Cocktail Popsicles

Painkiller cocktail popsicles.

Salt & Wind

Level of Difficulty: Easy. Make Salt & Wind's boozy painkiller cocktail popsicles with coconut milk, orange juice, rum, sugar, flaked coconut, and a cinnamon stick. Follow the recipe directions and freeze for at least 3 1/2 hours.

Hero Ingredient: Flaky coconut give this frozen cocktail a textured twist.

Serving Tip: Pineapple juice is doable in a pinch, though "having a tad bit of the pulp of the pureed pineapple prevents" that layer from getting icy, which happens when you use juice, explains Salt & Wind.

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