7 Rum Cocktails You Don’t Need a Shirt, Shoes, or a Problem to Make

It seems fitting, more than most food holidays, that National Rum Day falls during the dog days of summer on August 16. When you’ve been scorching away all summer long, what could bring much more relief than a big ol’ bowl of rum punch? Very few things, and we could list them on one hand. So for National Rum Day, grab the Captain Morgan, and let’s get to whipping up some delicious rum cocktails.

Always consume alcohol with care, and don’t forget the lime juice to add some zest to these rum drinks. Most of these drinks are measured in ounces. Don’t fret! Simply grab a mason jar and doing your measuring using the ounce notches on the glass.

1. Morgan Mule

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This recipe, all things considered, is so easy that you can make it with everything in your pantry right now. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum meets its match in this ginger-based tradition that’s best served with a lime wedge on the side.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

  • 4 oz. Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer

  • Mint Spring

  • Lime

Directions

Muddle mint and lime in the bottom of a tall glass.

Add ice, Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum and ginger ale or ginger beer.

Garnish with a mint spring and lime wheel. Stir and serve.

2. Morgan Mule Gelatin Shots

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Maybe you want to go non-traditional to celebrate National Rum Day, and who can blame you? It seems like it’s just what Captain Jack Sparrow would do. Never one to choose classic cocktails over new twists, get to whipping up a batch of these bright green shots!

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

  • 8.5 oz. Ginger ale

  • 1.5 oz. Fresh lime juice

  • 2 envelops of lime gelatin (approx. 5.5 teaspoons)

Directions

Prepare lime gelatin on the stovetop according to package directions.

When boiling, remove from heat and stir in the Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, ginger ale, and lime juice.

Pour into small plastic cups or use limes as your vessels. Chill 8 hours or overnight until set.

3. Loco & Coco

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This 2-ingredient cocktail will make you never order something as complex as a Long Island Iced Tea ever again. The best part? Adjust the ratios and this easily turns into a delicious punch bowl recipe that’ll keep your guests happy and you away from the bar, unless you need one, too.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut

  • 4 oz. Coconut water

Directions

Combine Captain Morgan LocoNut and coconut water into a shaker with ice.

Shake and strain into a rocks glass with ice.

4. The Miami Vice

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Who said Captain Morgan was only for drinks? These faux Otter Pops taste just like the Caribbean arrived in your freezer overnight so head out in the sun with one of these in hand! To get fancy, add fresh fruit like lime or strawberry slices to the sleeves before freezing.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut

  • 1.5 oz. Coconut water

  • .75 oz Captain Morgan White Rum

  • 1.5 oz. Strawberry Daiquiri Mix

  • .75 oz Water

Directions

Combine Captain Morgan LocoNut and coconut water. Stir to combine.

Separately, combine Captain Morgan White Rum, strawberry daiquiri mix, and water. Stir to combine.

Fill a plastic freezie sleeve halfway up with strawberry daiquiri mixture. Freeze for 20 minutes. Top with LocoNut mixture and freeze overnight before serving.

For those freezie sleeves, we swear by this set that comes with a handy funnel, 50 sleeves, and 5 holders for only $11.95!

5. Mai Tai

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The Mai Tai may very well be the tropical drink that comes to mind when you think of island getaways, despite its birthplace being Los Angeles. So don’t just save it for vacation, when you can whip it up in your own kitchen so easily!

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
  • 1 oz. Captain Morgan White Rum
  • 1 oz. Orange juice
  • 1 oz. Lime juice
  • .5 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1 drop pure almond extract
  • Sprinkle of brown sugar
  • Dash of grenadine
  • Maraschino cherries, for garnish
  • Orange slices, for garnish

For the full directions, follow through here.

6. Coconut Lime Rum Popsicles

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As said earlier, why drink when you can popsicle? These fun and boozy pops are perfect to prep now and have for those steamy Happy Hours after work.

Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can of full-fat coconut milk
  • 3 tsp. lime zest
  • 1 cup limeade
  • 1 cup Captain Morgan white rum
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp honey

For the full directions, follow through here.

7. Pitcher Hurricane Cocktail

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A long-time favorite, this old fashioned rum punch recipe was made for big batches and good friends. Top off your punch bowl with club soda for fresh fizz.

While it doesn’t call for it, we always love a dash of cranberry juice that pairs so nicely with light rum. It’s almost like you’re in New Orleans!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Captain Morgan White Rum
  • 4 cups Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
  • 4 cups passionfruit juice
  • 1.5 cups pineapple juice
  • 1.5 cups orange juice
  • .5 cup lime juice
  • .25 cup grenadine

For the full directions, follow through here.

How will you spend National Rum Day? We have a feeling you’ll be making these recipes all year long.

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