Classic Rum Cocktails

If you’re looking for a recipe to dull the pain of summer’s end, you’ve come to the right place. Simply mix one part rum to two parts pineapple juice, then toss in some orange juice and cream of coconut. Shake, pour over crushed ice, garnish with fresh grated nutmeg and the pain will melt away. That delicious libation is aptly named the painkiller.

Another delicious coconut cocktail is the cable car, which can be made with a heavy shot of Captain Morgan spiced rum, a short shot of curacao, some lemon juice and simple syrup. Shake things up and add some flair by rimming your cup with a mix of cinnamon and sugar.

Keep the good vibes of summer rolling with a mai tai, made with two ounces of light rum, to a half ounce each of triple sec and lemon juice. Top it off with one and a half ounces of lime juice and a spoonful of amaretto. You can garnish this one with an edible flower for a real island feel.

For the only kind of hurricane we wish for, try this mardi gras staple…two ounces each of light rum, dark rum and passion fruit juice. Add an ounce of orange juice, half ounce of lime juice and dashes of simple syrup and grenadine. A frilly toothpick spear through a cherry and orange slice is a lovely garnish.

Mojitos are made by muddling the juice of a lime wedge with two tablespoons of sugar. Then add ice, a sprig of mint, two ounces of light rum and some club soda.

Daiquiris are simply one and a half ounces of white rum, half that of lime juice and a dash of simple syrup. Just blend with ice and your choice of fruit for the ultimate smoothie!

For a heavy hitter, try a Long Island iced tea. Mix an ounce each of light rum, vodka, tequila, gin and sour mix with a splash of coke. Then garnish with a lemon wedge because it is, after all, iced tea!


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