11 easy cocktail recipes for a perfect World Rum Day

Never a better excuse than the weekend to mix up some delicious cocktails. And it’s World Rum Day on 9 July too!

Dr. Strange Cocktail, Head Mixologist Avril Gonsalves, Butterfly High

A dr strange rum cocktail like no other.
A Dr Strange rum cocktail like no other.

Ingredients

  • 45 ml White Rum
  • 30 ml Kokum syrup
  • 10 ml sweet n’ sour
  • 4-5 mint leaves

Method 

  • Build in a mule mug using the white rum as a base. Stir.
  • Garnish with KitKat chocolate and a mint spring. Serve.

Pine Spice Masala, 145 Cafe and Bar founder Ishaan Bahl

Pine spice masala, a rum cocktail perfect for the day.
Pine Spice Masala, a rum cocktail perfect for the day.

Ingredients 

  • 60 ml white rum
  • 90 ml pineapple juice
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • 15 ml cumin spice syrup
  • Pinch of chat masala
  • Pinch of black salt
  • Soda
  • A hand full of coriander leaves

Method

  • Add all the ingredients to a shaker, and shake well till combined. Pour in a glass and top up with soda.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and lime slice.

Mojito, Mihir Desai, Bar Bank Powai and Juhu, Mumbai

What better rum cocktail than a classic mojito?
What better rum cocktail than a classic mojito?

Ingredients

  • 3 mint leaves
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • Club soda, to top
  • Mint sprig to garnish
  • Lime wheel to garnish 

Method

  • Lightly muddle the mint with the simple syrup in a shaker.
  • Add the rum, lime juice and ice, and give it a brief shake, then strain into a highball glass over fresh ice. Alternatively, you can use pebble ice instead and gently swizzle it all together.
  • Top with the club soda.
  • Garnish with a mint sprig and lime wheel.

Red Alert, Tavern – TLS, Pritesh Kathuria, Co-Owner & FNB Curator

Old monk is the most nostalgic rum out there for most indians.
Old Monk is the most nostalgic rum out there for most Indians.

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Old Monk
  • 30 ml beetroot
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • Coffee beans, for garnish

Method 

  • In a shaker combine all the ingredients together and mix well. 
  • Pour it into a glass and garnish it with coffee beans.

Luna, Rahul Gurav, Juliette 

Juliette's rum cocktail combines the best of citrus.
Juliette’s rum cocktail combines the best of citrus.

Ingredients 

  • 45 ml Mount gay silver
  • 22.5 ml fresh pineapple juice
  • 15 ml fresh citrus
  • 5 ml sugar syrup
  • 3 slices of cucumber, to muddle 
  • 2 sticks thyme
  • 10 ml Mount gay spiced rum (for the float)

Method

  • In a shaker add cucumber and muddle it. Add thyme and other ingredients then shake and strain in a rocks glass.
  • Top with crushed ice. Float the spiced rum on top, and garnish with cucumber ribbon, thyme and cherry on top. 

Xec – Xec, Mayur Mallik, Sr. Bartender and head mixologist, Maai, Goa

Step up your rum cocktails.
Step up your rum cocktails.

Ingredients 

  • 60 ml dark rum
  • 12.5 ml spiced syrup
  • 20 ml tamarind liqueur
  • 30 ml orange juice
  • Orange peel & burn cinnamon stick, for garnish

Method

  • In a shaker, pour tamarind liqueur, spiced syrup, orange juice, and dark rum. 
  • Add ice to a shaker and hard shake the mixture. Then pour in a mudra glass.
  • For garnish, use burnt orange zest and a cinnamon stick.

Golden Zen, Anand Iyer, Head of Operations, Mumbai

The golden zen does exactly what it promises.
The Golden Zen does exactly what it promises.

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Bacardi white
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • 15 ml galangal extract
  • 2 dashes of bitters 
  • 2-3 basil leaves
  • Ginger foam, on top

Method

  • In the shaker, tap the basil leaves, then add 2 dashes of bitters.
  • Add galangal extract with lime juice and lastly put in the rum. Shake it vigorously, then pour it into a small tin.
  • Take the pre-chill tulip glass and dust with caster sugar. Pour in the drink and top up with ginger foam.

Monsoon Bloody Mary, Jimmy’s Cocktails

A bloody mary perfect for world rum day and monsoons on the whole.
A bloody mary perfect for World Rum Day and monsoons on the whole.

Ingredients 

  • 60 ml rum
  • 90 ml Jimmy’s Bloody Mary mix
  • 1 pinch freshly chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 pinch chaat masala
  • 1 pinch black salt
  • 1 freshly cut cucumber slice

Method

  • In a shaker glass filled with ice, pour the above ingredients and shake well. 
  • Strain into a tall glass filled with ice and garnish with a freshly cut cucumber slice and fresh mint sprigs.

Cloudy Rum Punch, Jimmy’s Cocktails

Cloudy rum punch by jimmy's cocktails.
Cloudy Rum Punch by Jimmy’s Cocktails.

Ingredients 

  • 60 ml rum
  • 90 ml Jimmy’s Gin Cherry Sour Mix
  • 10 ml fresh lime juice
  • Ginger ale

Method 

  • In a tall glass filled with ice, pour the above ingredients and top with ginger ale. 
  • Stir well and garnish with a fresh ginger slice.

El Presidente, Havana Club 7

El presidente havana club 7.
EL PRESIDENTE Havana Club 7.

Ingredients 

  • 40 ml Havana Club 7
  • 20 ml Sweet Vermouth 
  • 10 ml Triple Sec 
  • 5 ml Grenadine Syrup

Method

  • Throw (Cuban roll) all ingredients and fine strain in a coupe glass.
  • Garnish with an orange twist.

Cancha

Cancha - havana club 7.
CANCHA, Havana Club 7.

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Havana Club 7 
  • 20 ml Honey Water 
  • 20 ml fresh lime juice 
  • 50 ml sparkling water

Method

  • Build, add an ice cube and stir lightly.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge.

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