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5 DIY Rum Cocktails Worth Trying Instead Of Rum 'n' Coke

By Somdutta Mazumder

Updated - May 4, 2020 3 min read

Right this very moment as we speak, the status of The Great Wall of China as the longest structure ever built by human beings, is becoming increasingly doubtful. What's replacing it? The mile-long human queues currently gathering in front of all the recently opened liquor shops in Indian cities. Jokes apart, it's not difficult to empathise. After all, for those of us fond of sipping on a glass of dark rum as a way of calling it a day, there couldn't be a happier piece of news to start off the week with. 


Well, now that you can actually score a bottle of your favourite rum without getting into unlawful practices, it's officially time to finally celebrate your adored drink. If only bars had opened, we wouldn't be having this conversation. But since a DIY recipe is still your best shot at sipping on a tastefully done cocktail, we thought it best to give you all the information you need. If you woke up with happy tears this morning at the thought of finally drinking your favourite rum, here's a list of 5 easy to make and amazing to taste rum cocktails, other than the customary Rum 'n' Coke. 


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1. Dark 'n' Stormy 


About The Cocktail 

A high-ball cocktail with just three ingredients, a Dark 'n' Stormy tastes even better than how it sounds. Gosling's Black Seal Rum is the specific liquor that's prescribed in all traditional recipes, but really, any dark and delightfully spicy rum will do the trick just as well. FYI, the cool name came from this cocktail's origin story that can be traced back to the Caribbean sea and its bustling population of sailors. 



  • Dark Rum
  • Ginger Beer
  • Lime For Garnish (Optional)


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2. Caribeno


About The Cocktail 

With the warm months of summer in tow, this easy to make rum cocktail is the perfect tropical drink to top off your evenings with. The taste of this drink is close to that of a traditional Daiquiri, but with the flavour inclining more towards coconut than lime. This rum cocktail is refreshing, and not to mention, coconut water sounds much healthier than Coca Cola, no? 



  • Light Rum
  • Coconut Water
  • Fresh Lime Juice
  • Simple Sugar Syrup (For Taste)


Image Courtesy - Heritage Distilling 


3. Bishop 


About The Cocktail 

A classic cocktail that combines two of the most widely adored beverages, the Bishop's history can be traced back to the 1935 print of a renowned bartending guide. The refreshing, fruity rum drink caters to all kinds of flavour preferences and comes with a pleasant fruity Sangria-esque taste. There are several variations of the Bishop that you can tinker with, but most recipes will have common foundation ingredients. 



  • Light Rum
  • Red Wine
  • Lime Juice
  • Simple Sugar Syrup (For Taste) 


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4. Mandarin Mojito


About The Cocktail 

A more refreshing, tangy twist on the traditional Mojito, this one is a treat for all lovers of summer rum cocktails. A Mandarin Mojito makes for one of those nostalgic cocktails that instantly lift up your spirit. This recipe is especially great if you have a summer stock of Mandarins lying around the house, since you won't have to go looking for artificial mixers!



  • White Rum
  • Mandarin Juice
  • Lime Juice
  • Chilled Sparkling Water or Club Soda
  • Simple Sugar Syrup (For Taste)
  • Mint Leaves (Optional Garnish) 


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5. Belladonna


About The Cocktail 

Perfect for self-diagnosed victims of wanderlust, this summer rum cocktail is like a holiday in a glass. The fruity rum punch is super easy to make with one part of all the listed ingredients, simply shaken into a cocktail. This rum drink rose in popularity during the early 2000s, but continues to be a preferred option for people who love sipping on tropical rum drinks while pretending they're on a virtual vacation. 



  • Dark Spiced Rum
  • Light Rum
  • Orange Juice
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Cranberry Juice


Image Courtesy - Bacardi

Lockdown getting you down? It's time to lift up your spirits! 


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