12 Spiced Rum Cocktails to Add Some Spice to Your Life

October 13, 2023 by Anna-Bet Stemmet

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Spiced rum cocktails represent the sweet spot where centuries-old tradition meets the vibrant resurgence of craft mixology. As the demand for unique and flavourful spirits grows around the globe, spiced rums have stepped up to enjoy a moment in the spotlight, offering a wide spectrum of aromas — from sweet and vanilla-forward to spicy and smokey. Keen to join us on this spirited adventure? Anchors away, matey! 

1. Spiced Rum Mojito

Mojito cocktail with mint and lime garnish

A Mojito made with spiced rum adds a new twist to the classic. A gorgeous spiced rum like Maison La Mauny Spiced comes to the party with a warm, rich flavour that complements the zesty lime and mint we all know and love. It’s a little sweet, a bit spicy, and altogether refreshing. In short, it’s everyone’s favourite Mojito with a cosy, comforting kick. 

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2. Lime Daiquiri

Close-Up of classic Lime Daiquiri served in a coupe glass and garnished with a wedge of lime

A Lime Daiquiri with spiced rum combines the zing of lime with the depth of the infused spirit. The tartness of lime remains the star, supported by a warm, slightly sweet undertone. The result is a crisp, citrusy cocktail with a hint of spice, perfect for those who appreciate a simple yet flavourful drink. 

3. Drunken Monkey Cocktail

Two Drunken Monkey cocktails on a table outside on a tropical veranda overlooking the ocean on a sunny day

The Drunken Monkey cocktail is powerful and goes down easy – steady as she goes! Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add 90ml orange juice, 45ml spiced rum, 15ml coconut rum, and 4-5 drops of bitters. Shake for 30 seconds. Pour a teaspoon of maraschino cherry juice (from a jar of cherries) into a tall glass with ice. Strain the mixed drink into the glass and give it a stir. Garnish with a lime slice, pineapple wedge, or cherry. Grate fresh nutmeg over the top and enjoy. 

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4. Bahama Mama

A backlit Bahama Mama cocktail standing on table on a veranda overlooking the ocean at sunset

Caribbean cocktails always add a dash of joy to any get-together, and the Bahama Mama is one of our favourites. Built on a spiced rum base, it layers orange juice, pineapple juice, and grenadine on top to create a sensational boozy sipper.   

5. Cuba Libre

Two Cuba Libre cocktails garnished with fresh lime

One of the most popular Caribbean cocktails around the globe, the Cuba Libre is so simple to make that it’s a little silly. Rum and cola are best buddies, and you can make a Cuba Libre with your choice of rum. Simply pour one part spiced rum and two parts cola into a glass filled with ice. Add a squeeze of lime juice, then drop the wedge into the drink. It’s as easy as that! 

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6. Rum Punch

Rum punch cocktails

Rum Punch is a classic tropical cocktail that has been enjoyed for centuries, and for good reason. It’s the perfect drink for hot summer days, beach vacations, or any occasion that calls for a little bit of paradise in a glass. And the best part? Rum punch is perfect for batching, making it an excellent choice for parties and gatherings with friends and family.

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7. Piña Colada

A Pina Colada cocktail on a table next to a deck chair overlooking the ocean on a sunny day

A delicious tropical treat that tastes like pineapple and coconut, the time-honoured Piña Colada goes creamy like a smoothie when you blend it and is gorgeously rich and delicious over ice. Adding spiced rum to the mix adds depth of flavour that takes it to a new level of YUM. 

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8. Hurricane

Hurricane Cocktail on a wooden board garnished with orange wedge and maraschino cherry

Traditionally featuring light rum, dark rum, lime juice, orange juice, passionfruit purée, simple syrup, and grenadine as ingredients, the Hurricane cocktail is one of the best beach drink recipes for a hot day. Swop out the dark rum for home-made spiced rum to give it a little aromatic zing and dial up the swagger.  

9. Old Cuban

Old Cuban cocktails with mint and lime garnish

The Old Cuban is an elegant drink typically made with a combination of aged rum, fresh mint and lime, simple syrup, bitters, and a splash of Champagne. Mix this classy clinker with spiced rum for your next dinner party or as a signature drink for a special occasion. 

10. Zombie

Two Zombie cocktails with lime wheel garnish

The Zombie cocktail features an alluring blend of fruity and tropical flavours that packs a powerful punch. With a combination of zesty citrus juices and grenadine as a base, this delicious cocktail is ready to receive an exotic update with the addition of spiced rum. Are you game? 

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11. El Presidente

El Presidente Cocktail

An El Presidente cocktail made with spiced rum delivers a balanced blend of flavours. The inherent sweetness of the spiced rum harmonises with the dry vermouth, while Grand Marnier adds a citrusy touch. The result is a smooth, medium-bodied drink with a subtle warmth from the spiced rum, offering a delightful fusion of sweet and citrus notes without being overly complex. 

12. Dark ‘n Stormy

Dark & Stormy Cocktail

The Dark ‘n Stormy cocktail recipe has been around for more than a hundred years, but still makes waves around the globe today. Super simple to pour, yet gorgeously zesty and refreshing, it’s a great rum-based seaside sipper that’s tailor-made for hot summer days. Try it with spiced rum to give it a little extra zing. 

BONUS! How to make your own spiced rum at home

Side view of a home mixologist pouring holding a bottle of orange liqueur next to a surface filled with cocktail making tools and a refreshing cocktail garnished with an orange twist

Commercially available spiced rums are nice to use, but we double-dare you to make your own. This way you can fine-tune the flavour profile to your exact liking. Homemade spiced rum also makes a great gift over the holidays. Here’s our go-to recipe:  


  • 1 bottle (750 ml) of good-quality rum 
  • 1 vanilla bean 
  • 1 cinnamon stick 
  • 3 whole cloves 
  • 1 star anise 
  • 1 orange peel (use a vegetable peeler to get a thin strip) 
  • 0.25 cup brown sugar (adjust to taste) 


Prepare the ingredients. Split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Break the cinnamon stick into a few smaller pieces. Crush the cloves slightly to release their flavour. Then, combine all the spices, orange peel, and brown sugar in a bowl. 

Add the spices to the rum. Pour the dark rum into a clean, airtight glass container or bottle. Add the prepared spice and sugar mixture to the rum, place the vanilla bean halves into the mixture, and seal the container tightly. 

Let it infuse. Store the container in a cool, dark place for at least 3 days, shaking it gently every day to mix the ingredients. 

Taste and adjust. After 3 days, taste the spiced rum. If it’s not spicy or sweet enough for your liking, let it infuse for an additional day or two, tasting periodically. Remember that the flavours will continue to meld and develop over time, so letting it sit for a week or two will enhance the taste. 

Strain the rum. Once you’re happy with the flavour, strain the spiced rum through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove the spices and other solids. 

Bottle and enjoy. Pour the strained spiced rum back into the original bottle or another clean bottle. Store it in the refrigerator or a cool, dark place. 

Please note that the quality of the ingredients you use will greatly affect the final product, so choose good-quality rum and fresh spices for the best results. 

There you have it—an amazing spiced rum recipe and 12 cocktails to try at home with this tasty, infused spirit. Happy pouring! For more easy inspiration like this, sign up for our newsletter. It’s the best way to get the tastiest cocktail recipes delivered right to your inbox. 

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