Rum is a versatile spirit which is perfectly sweet and spicy at the same time. It is quite affordable as well, so your new year house party shouldn’t cost you a lot this time! Due to its versatility and popularity, you can try making these quick cocktails at home this year.

The 4 Basics:

Rum (obviously),  lemon / orange, cinnamon sticks, sugar cubes / honey 

Have a strainer and a lighter handy too. 

  1. Daiquiri

Daiquiri is an extremely simple drink, well known for its freshness.This drink is a perfect balance of sweet and sour and it can be adjusted according to your preferences. All it requires is three ingredients: 

  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 sugar cube

Gather all your ingredients and put it together in a shaker filled with a few ice cubes. Shake it well and pour it into a chilled glass. It isn’t usually garnished but you can always add a lemon wedge! 

2. Cuba Libre 

This drink is similar to your basic rum and coke mix but people often find that combination a little too sweet. There is an addition of just one more ingredient and you have a whole new drink! 

  • 1 ounce fresh juice 
  • 2 ounces dark rum 
  • 4 ounces coca cola

You only need to add these ingredients to a glass with a few ice cubes. The lemon lightens up the drink and cuts through the sweetness of the drink. 

3. Mojito

This is probably the most popular rum drink there is. It is minty and refreshing! All you need is: 

  • 4 to 5 leaves mint
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 2 ounces rum
  • Club Soda 

In a glass add the mint leaves, some sugar and lime juice and mix it together with ice. Pour in the rum and add your soda water. You can garnish it with mint leaves or a lemon wedge. Your mojito is ready!

4. Grand Rum Toddy 

The grand rum toddy is basically combining rum with a sweet citrus flavour which gives a lively hot cocktail as a result. You need the following basic ingredients for this drink: 

  • 1 1/2 ounce dark rum 
  • Orange peel 
  • 1/4 ounce lime juice 
  • 6 ounces hot water
  • Cinnamon/ cloves

In a preheated glass, add the rum, lime juice and the cinnamon stick/ cloves. Give this mixture a good stir. Add the hot water to this and finish it off with squeezing the orange a little and adding the peel as a garnish! 

PS: You can also have this drink to cure your coughs and colds! 

5. Belladonna 

This is your ideal alcohol fruit punch mix. It is fruity and is great mixed in a big punch bowl for everyone to sip on! Here is what you need: 

  • 1 ounce of dark and white rum each 
  • 1 ounce orange juice 
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice 
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice

Add all the liquids in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain it into a tall glass. You can also mix this in a big bowl. That’s all you need to make this quick rum fruit punch! 

Now that you know different ways to have your Old Monk/ Bacardi Whites, get going! Tell me what you try and how you like it in the comments below.