3 Ridiculously Good Rum Cocktails That Are Perfect for Summer Boozing

Mix up these rum-spiked delights to take the party up a notch.

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JIm Meehan shaking up some seriously cool cocktails. 

Tired of the same old daiquiris, Rum & Cokes and Dark ‘N Stormys? Here’s three cool new rum cocktails courtesy of Jim Meehan, a renowned bartender, booze educator and author of the The PDT Cocktail Book and Meehan’s Bartender Manual. 

The Portland-based mix maestro and global ambassador for Banks Rum shared three top-notch cocktails of varying complexity that are a solid bet for summertime fun.

Five Island Flamingo


· 2 oz. Banks 5-Island Rum

· .75 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

· 3 oz. Pink Grapefruit Soda (Preferably Ting)

Method: Add the Banks and lime juice to a mixing glass then add ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with Grapefruit Soda and garnish with a lime wheel.

Meehan says: “This pink-hued highball was named after the iconic bird of the same color, an elegant mascot of tropical paradise. It’s a compelling alternative to a Rum & Coke: quite possibly the most popular and least interesting rum drink of all since the Coke tends to mask the flavor of the rum.”

Green Tea Punch


· 1 Liter Banks 5-Island Rum

· 375ml Sencha Tea

· 375ml Mint Tea

· 300ml Lime Juice

· 250g Demerara Sugar

· Garnish: Grated Nutmeg

Method: Brew the tea, then stir in the sugar until it dissolves. Add 4 cups of ice to chill and dilute the mixture, then add lime juice and rum. Chill before serving. When ready to serve, add to a punchbowl filled with one large block of ice. Serve in punch cups filled with ice, and garnish with grated nutmeg.

Meehan says: “Punch is ideal for summer parties as all the prep can be done before the party so you don’t have to hire a bartender to work the event. It’s communal, fostering team-building (a goal for all summer get-togethers) and lower in alcohol that most cocktails, which helps mitigate overindulgence.” 

The Paddington


  • 1 1/2 parts Banks 5-Island Rum
  • 1/2 part Lillet Blanc
  • 1/2 part grapefruit juice, fresh
  • 1/2 part lemon juice
  • 1 barspoon orange marmalade
  • 1 dash absinthe (St. George)
  • Garnish: grapefruit twist

Method: Add a dash of absinthe to a coupe or cocktail glass. Swirl to rinse, discard and set aside. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake. Strain into absinthe-rinsed glass and garnish with a grapefruit twist.

Meehan says:  “The Paddington cocktail, which has been on our menu since 2008, is a hybrid of Constantino Ribalaigua Vert’s rum-based Daiquiri #3 and Salvatore Calabrese’s orange marmalade-sweetened Breakfast Martini that relies on the herbal bite of the absinthe to temper the sweet grapefruit notes. We serve it year-round, but sales surge in the summer when guests clamor for refreshing, rum-based sours and swizzles.”