Rum in the sun: summer tipples for every taste

Check out our guide to the Caribbean spirit, plus a few fabulous cocktail recipes for good measure

Rum in the sun: summer tipples for every taste

A taste of the tropics, rum is ideal for slow summer sipping - here's a masterclass on the different types, plus a few tipples to try...

classic white rum

A versatile, crystal-clear rum, it tastes clean and crisp with hints of sugar, lime and banana. It's perfect in a Mojito, or poured over ice and topped up with Jamaican grapefruit soda for a Rum and Ting.


Put 1 lime, cut into wedges, 10-20 mint leaves and 2tsp white sugar into a sturdy glass. Muddle with the end of a rolling pin. Add a handful of ice then pour over 50ml Captain Morgan White Rum or 50ml Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum. Stir well, top up with Schweppes Soda Water and garnish with more mint leaves.

Spiced rum

These rums blend caramel flavours with warming spice - think ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg - and a spark of orange zest. Try in a sweet-yet-tangy Cuba Libre, or keep things spicy but simple with ice and a ginger ale mixer.

Cuba Libre

Half-fill a highball glass with crushed ice and pour over 50ml Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum or 50ml Dead Man's Fingers Spiced Rum. Cut two slices from a lime and reserve, then squeeze the juice from the rest into the glass. Top up with Coca-Cola. Add paper straws and garnish with the reserved lime slices.

Dark spiced rum

Almost black in colour, these rums have a smooth taste with a touch of treacle, boldly spiced with cloves, cinnamon and cardamom. They work well in a Rum Sour - or just sip one neat or over ice and enjoy the complex flavours.

Rum Sour

Pul 30ml The Kraken Black Rum or 30ml Ableforth's Rumbullion! into a cocktail shaker with 30ml lime juice, 1tsp white sugar, 1 egg white* and ice. Shake vigorously then strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a twist of lime zest.

Golden aged rum

Barrel-ageing gives these golden rums a smooth yet vibrant caramel quality, with notes of vanilla, apricot, oak and honey. The ideal base for a sparkling Rum and Blood Orange, or mix with a good splash of tart cranberry juice over ice.

Rum and Blood Orange

Half-fill a tumbler with crushed ice. Add 50ml Bacardi Añejo Cuatro 4 Years Aged Gold Rum for 50ml Mount Gay Eclipse Barbados Rum and 100ml Schweppes Sparkling Blood Orange. Garnish with slices of lemon, lime and orange.

Looking to spice up your summer with some of our tasty rum cocktails? Make sure to stock up on everything you need to rustle up these tipples at home online or pop into your local store.

*Use eggs that have the British Lion quality mark.