These 8 Simple Rum Cocktails Basically Say “Summer Is a State of Mind”

Updated 04/20/19

There are few things in life that scream vacation louder than a refreshing rum cocktail. Just picture landing on a Carribean island, checking into your hotel, and immediately being offered a complimentary cocktail. Chances are it's a piña colada, a rum punch, or maybe even a simple shaken daiquiri. So if you're itching to get away but simply can't find the time, try one of these simple rum cocktails to mentally transport yourself to a white-sand beach somewhere.

These cocktails have it all. They're fresh, fizzy, sweet, tangy—and all around delicious. From a blackberry mojito to a cantaloupe daiquiri or even a minty grapefruit caipirinha, these simple rum cocktails will deliver a summer state of mind, no matter whether you are perched high on a rooftop on a sunny Saturday, lazing around a beach somewhere, or simply enjoying a happy hour in your own backyard. 

So grab a few ingredients and test out your mixology skills with these simple rum cocktails. We promise you they're easier to make than they look. 

Frozen Brunch Punch

Simple Rum Cocktails — Frozen Brunch Punch
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

This refreshing frozen rum punch from Half Baked Harvest is made in large batches, leaving more time for brunching. It's fresh, fruity, and filled with delicious pineapple. "Fill a pitcher with Campari, rum, orange juice, and lime juice," says blogger Tieghan Gerard. "From here, you can either chill the mix until ready to serve or blend it up into a frozen bliss. When you’re ready to blend, you’ll add lots of pineapple, tons of ice, and a pinch of ginger. Then, blend and done."

Skinny Piña Colada With Coconut Water

Simple Rum Cocktails — Skinny Piña Colada With Coconut Water
Courtesy of Hello Glow

This refreshing cocktail by Hello Glow is the ultimate classic tropical cocktail, minus all the sugar and calories. This three-ingredient piña colada can be shaken or blended with ice. The best part: It's one-fourth the calories of the traditional version. "Not only is coconut water delicious, it’s low in calories, cholesterol free, aids in digestion, and is extra hydrating thanks to all the minerals it contains," explains Stephanie Gerber of Hello Glow. "It also happens to be a helpful hangover remedy."

Blackberry Lilac Mojito

Simple Rum Cocktails — Blackberry Lilac Mojito
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Who doesn't love a good mojito on a hot summer day? Though the classic recipe is good on its own, this blackberry mojito from Half Baked Harvest gives it a refreshing twist by adding blackberries and fresh lilac, which Gerard turns into a syrup. This ingredient isn't necessary to the recipe, but she says it adds a special touch. "If you don't have access to fresh lilacs, you can swap in dried lavender or just sweeten your drink with a spoonful of sugar or a drizzle of honey," she adds.

Cantaloupe Daiquiris

Simple Rum Cocktails — Cantaloupe Daiquiris
Courtesy of How Sweet Eats

Daiquiris can get a bad rep, but it's largely misconstrued. This simple cocktail is much more sophisticated than the large frozen cups found on Carribean cruises. The proof: This elegant cantaloupe daiquiri cocktail from Jessica Merchant of How Sweet Eats. The classic recipe combines rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice. That's it. But in this version, Merchant adds fresh cantaloupe juice, maraschino cherry juice, and a splash of seltzer. "To make the cantaloupe juice, blend 2 cups cubed cantaloupe melon in a blender until pureed and smooth," she explains.

"Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer that is sitting on a bowl, pushing any extra liquid out with a spoon."

Tropical Strawberry Hibiscus Rum Smash

Simple Rum Cocktails — Tropical Strawberry Hibiscus Rum Smash
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

This refreshing-looking rum smash by Half Baked Harvest may look tricky to make, but it's actually quite simple. "The bottom layer is a mix of mint, lime, mango juice, coconut water, and rum," explains Gerard. "Then, that top red layer—that’s the hibiscus tea." Though she explains how to make the hibiscus tea from fresh blooms, a store-bought tea would work equally well and make the process much simpler.

Grapefruit Mojitos

Simple Rum Cocktails — Grapefruit Mojitos
Courtesy of Melanie Makes

For a refreshing twist on a classic mojito, try adding grapefruit, like in this version from Melanie Makes. "Fresh mint and limes are muddled together before being drowned in grapefruit juice, simple syrup, white rum and club soda," explains the recipe. Melanie Bauer also recommends making simple syrup in large batches to keep in the fridge, making the whole cocktail-making process a whole lot easier: "Simple syrup is simply a combination of equal amounts of sugar and water heated in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved completely.

 After it cools, you can store the liquid in the fridge so it’s at the ready whenever you’d like to use it."

Persimmon Spiced Rum Old Fashioned

Simple Rum Cocktails — Persimmon Spiced Rum Old Fashioned
Courtesy of Hello Glow

With persimmon season fast approaching, it's only natural we'd want to include the yummy fruit in our libations. This cocktail recipe by Hello Glow takes a traditional old-fashioned and upgrades it with puréed persimmon. Why puréed? It makes the whole process simpler: "For this Spiced Rum Old Fashioned, I decided to use the purée because muddling it in a glass is a bit messy and requires a shaker with a strainer," explains Gerber. "The purée is easier and what’s more, you can keep it in the freezer in single serving portions—an ice cube tray works great for that." 

Minty Grapefruit Caipirinha

Simple Rum Cocktails — Minty Grapefruit Caipirinha
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Classic caipirinhas are great, but this one from Half Baked Harvest is even better. In this recipe, Gerard took Brazil's national cocktail and substituted the teaspoon of sugar for tangy grapefruit. "As a substitute to sugar, I found that using freshly squeezed grapefruit juice added just the right amount of sweetness," she explains. "That said, if you prefer a sweeter drink, feel free to add a teaspoon or two of white sugar or possibly honey."

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