9 Refreshing Rum Cocktails That Anyone Can Make

Because a good drink should be both easy and refreshing.

August 16th marks National Rum Day, an industry holiday designed to encourage the liquor-drinking masses to indulge in some sweet, sweet Caribbean nectar. To be honest, rum is an odd spirit. Unlike vodka or whiskey, it’s hardly enjoyable on the rocks, and classic mixed drinks like the cuba libre tend to be heavy on sweetness and light on taste.

With this in mind, we reached out to our friends at Gosling’s Rum and Bully Boy Distillers for the simplest, tastiest rum cocktails they could think of. Enjoy!

Bull Moose

1 ½  oz. Boston Rum

2 oz. white grapefruit juice

2 oz. tonic water

Combine ingredients over ice in highball glass

Planter’s Punch

3 oz. Boston Rum

1 ½ oz. simple syrup

¾ oz. lemon juice

Add crushed ice to highball glass until half full


Top with crushed ice

Garnish with a mint sprig

Black Beauty

1 ½oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum

3 fresh blackberries

3-4 fresh mint leaves

½ oz fresh lime juice

½ oz simple syrup

2oz Soda water

Muddle blackberries with mint, simple syrup and lime

Add Black Seal Rum

Shake and strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass

Top with soda water and garnish with a lime slice and a fresh mint sprig

Bloody Gosling’s

2oz Black Seal Rum

4 oz Tomato Juice

Spices (Fresh Horseradish, Celery Salt, Black Pepper, Lea & Perrins Worcestershire, Tabasco)

¼ oz Fresh Lemon Juice

Build in Boston Shaker, quick shake

Strain over fresh ice in a highball glass

Garnish with a lemon slice and celery stalk

Cajun Lemonade

2 oz. of Bully Boy White Rum

¾ oz.  Pimm’s

½ oz. simple syrup

¼ oz. lemon juice

Stir ingredients together in highball glass

Add crushed ice

Top with 7UP

Float three drops of Tabasco


1 ½ oz. Bully Boy White Rum

4 oz. Orange Crush

Slice of lime

Stir ingredients together in lowball glass

Add ice cubes

Garnish with lime

Rum Swizzle

1 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum

1 oz Gosling’s Gold Rum

1 oz pineapple Juice

1 oz Orange Juice

1 dash of Grenadine

1 dash of Angostura Bitters

Pour ingredients over crushed ice in lowball glass

Stir vigorously until foam appears

Sally’s Tea

1 ½ oz. of Boston Rum

4 oz. iced tea

1 oz. lemonade

Add six mint leaves

Stir ingredients together in lowball glass

Add ice cubes

Dark & Stormy

1.5 oz Gosling’s Dark Rum

1 can Gosling’s ginger beer

1 lime

Mix Gosling’s ginger beer and rum

Run lime around rim and drop in (optional)

Photos by Gosling’s Rum