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Easy - How to Make a Pina Colada and other Cocktails with Rum

Updated on August 26, 2014

The Rum Special

It's smooth and sweet, and other than water, boats, guns, food, water and other daily essentials (etc etc) it was the only thing the navy and pirates agreed on, probably. Rum cocktails are a great way to start a night out. As part of the cocktail recipes series, here be the Rum special.

Where vodka does little to nothing in the way of flavouring and gin, tequila and whiskey figure strongly into the taste composition of cocktails utilising them, Rum is distinct in that it works nicely in many mixes.

Again in contrast to vodka, which is used in many tropical cocktails because it doesn't interfere, rum is often used to enhance the driving essence of the brew. Take the Mojito, where the rum seems a perfect platter to serve the mint upon, or the June Bug Annhilator, where the coconut flavoured rum perfectly compliments the array of exotic flavours. Shake away!

Check out the 3 EASY Cocktails: Vodka Special HERE,
the Gin Special HERE
the Whiskey Special HERE
and the Tequila Special HERE

For the full list of cocktails covered in the EASY Cocktails series with links to the right pages go HERE.

Mai Tai

This kicking fruit bonanza combines not one, but two different rums. It also contains a drop of Amaretto (which is like a Bakewell in a bottle). A cocktail for those with a bit of a sweet tooth.

Required Ingredients;

  • White Rum
  • Dark Rum. For both rums I recommend Havana Club, as I would with many recipes
  • Amaretto
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Juice from a wedge of Fresh Lime
  • Ice

Fill your Boston Glass with ice and measure in all the ingredients as follows;

  1. 2 Parts White Rum
  2. 2 Parts Dark Rum
  3. Juice of Wedge of Lime
  4. 5 Parts Pineapple Juice

Firmly attach your Shaker to your Boston Glass and shake well for 3 seconds.

Fill a Tall Glass with Ice and strain the mix from your Boston Glass into it.

Add a very small dash of Amaretto

Garnish with a Cherry and a wedge of Lime.

Serve with a straw

Photo Credit: D Sharon Pruitt
Photo Credit: D Sharon Pruitt | Source

Your favourite fruit flavoured Daquiri

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There is no one cocktail simply called a Daiquiri, it is actually a whole family of drinks usually consisting mostly of Rum and Lime. There are many versions of different Daiquiris, I have one fail safe way to make a range of blended fruit flavored versions. You WILL need a blender for these.

Required Ingredients;

  • White (or Gold or Spiced) Rum. Bacardi is fine, use the rum of your choice
  • Juice of Half a Lime
  • Fruit Liqueurs
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Ice

Chill a Martini Glass
Put half a glass of ice into your blender, along with

  1. 2 Parts Rum
  2. 2 Parts Fruit Liqueur
  3. Half a glass of fresh fruit
  4. Juice of Half a Lime

Fruits to use- Strawberry, Raspberry, Peach or Banana
Use one fruit, and the corresponding Liqueur i.e Raspberry and Raspberry Liqueur

Blend until smooth

Pour contents into the Chilled Martini Glass

Garnish with pieces of fruit of your choice.

Serve with a straw

Pina Colada

How do you make a creamy fruit cocktail? Easy! You make a Pina Colada

Required Ingredients;

  • White Rum. Again Bacardi is fine, but the smoother the rum the better, Havana Club also works just fine
  • Cream of Coconut Liqueur
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Ice

Chill a Hurricane Glass
Fill your Boston Glass with ice and measure in all the ingredients as follows;

  1. 2 Parts White Rum
  2. 2 Parts Cream of Coconut Liqueur
  3. 5 Parts Pineapple Juice

Shake thoroughly, the cream needs to blend with the pineapple juice.

Fill the chilled Hurricane Glass with the whole mix.

Garnish with a pineapple slice.

Serve with a straw

More Rum Cocktails


June Bug Annhilator is here, and
West Indy Yellowbird here


Each mix is designed to make one cocktail, though it can make as many as you want really, just bear in mind that if there are 7 parts in one mix, and only 5 in another, they are both designed to fill a glass the same way. If this isn't described well or clear enough I'll gladly answer any questions.

If you haven't tried a Rum cocktail before, the time is now, and these are great recipes to start with, hope you like 'em and cheers!


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