The 10 Best Rums for making Rum and Cokes

The Rum and Coke, aka Cuba Libre, has been a simple bartending staple for the better part of a century. Popularized in Cuba before sweeping across the globe, the Rum and Coke is easy to make, relatively inexpensive, and oh-so delicious.

Generally speaking, Rum and Cokes are made with white rum and feature a splash of lime juice. But confining yourself to one style of rum could lead to your rum cocktail becoming one-note, and no one wants that. That’s why we put together a list of the 10 best rums for rum and cokes, so your simple mixed drink can taste like an award-winning cocktail.

Best White Rum

“White,” “silver,” “light,” this is the rum class of many names. But it’s defined by its lack of color and sweet flavors. White rums are used and revered the world over for crafting all sorts of cocktails.

SelvaRey White Rum

Believe it or not, this crystal clear spirit is a blend of three and five year old rums. SelvaRey White Rum is redefining the category. Charcoal filtration removes the color, but leaves the vanilla and tropical fruit flavors. Coming from the mind of Bruno Mars, this white rum elevates the simple Rum and Coke to new heights.

Roulaison Traditional Pot Distilled Rum

A nod to New Orleans’ historic rum culture, Roulaison Traditional Pot Distilled Rum brings rum back to its pre-industrial roots. Made with time-tested traditions, Roulaison Distilling’s white rum brings a wide range of complex fruit flavor to a Rum and Coke. Pineapple, pear and bruised bananas pave the way for a lingering smoky finish.

Best Dark Rum

Generally aged much longer than its white and gold counterparts, Dark Rum tends to have much richer flavor, showcasing notes of molasses, caramel, and hints of spice.

Kula Dark Rum

Rum doesn’t get much darker, or richer, than Kula Dark Rum. This beautiful bottle comes to your bar cart all the way from Hawaii. Kula Dark Rum is a blend of Kula’s organic rum and aged rums from all around the world. Together, the blend showcases deep depths of flavor with notes of molasses, dark caramel and oak that’ll play beautifully with the cola in your Rum and Coke.

Ten to One Dark Rum

Ten to One Rum likes to call their Dark Rum the bourbon drinker’s rum. A blend of rums from Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Trinidad, Ten to One Dark Rum is aged in old bourbon barrels. Notes of banana peel, vanilla, cedar and tobacco will change that Rum and Coke from a mixed drink to a premium cocktail. 

Best Spiced Rum

Spiced rum gets its name and signature golden-brown hue from the addition of spices. Cinnamon, pepper and cloves are among the most popular flavoring agents added to this class of rum.

Muddy River Distillery Carolina Spiced Rum

Muddy River Distillery specializes in making incredible craft rum. But for the longest time, they didn’t make a spiced rum, and their fans demanded it. So they listened and created Carolina Spiced Rum. Two years of tinkering resulted in a spiced rum with warm notes of vanilla and cinnamon, great for layering flavor in your Rum and Coke.

Captain Morgan Spiced Rum

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more classic spiced rum than Captain Morgan. Made with a secret blend of Caribbean rums, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum is filled with subtle notes of vanilla and caramel. And those notes will give your Rum and Coke, and plenty more rum cocktails, a flavorful flourish.

Best Cheap Rum

“Cheap” might have some negative connotations. But there’s no bad rum here. For us, “cheap” refers only to the price point — some other folks might call these a steal!

Port of Entry Rum

End of Days Distillery welcomes you to “The Port City” with their Port of Entry Rum. This white rum is delightfully complex. It’s sweet, it’s buttery, it’s rich. In other words, Port of Entry Rum is delicious. But it’s never overpowering. This small batch rum complements your cola and lime juice perfectly.

Chicago Spirits Silver Rum

Six different rums converge in Chicago to make one fantastic drink. Chicagoland Spirits blends different style rums from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Martinique, Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados and Guyana. Chicago Spirits Silver Rum is fresh and fragrant, adding a splash of bright melon and sugarcane flavor to your Rum and Coke.

Best Affordable Rum

“Affordable” means something different to everyone. But these rums give you, and your cocktails, the best bang for your buck.

Virago Four-Port Rum

Every bottle of Four-Port Rum from Virago Spirits is a trip around the Caribbean. Rums from Barbados, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Panama — all aged up to eight years — are blended together for a premium rum that is well-worth sipping neat. But, with its balance of spice and earthiness, Four-Port Rum works wonders on your Rum and Coke.

Wicked Dolphin Gold Rum

To give their rum its golden hue, Wicked Dolphin rests their rum in ex-bourbon barrels for three years. On the other side of its rest, Wicked Dolphin Gold Rum is luminous. Harmonious notes of tropical fruit, vanilla and caramel run throughout this delicious rum. If you want to add flashes of tropical flavor to your Rum and Coke, this is the bottle to buy.

Need a glass for that tequila?


  • 2 oz. Rum
  • 0.5 oz. Lime Juice
  • Cola, to taste


  • Pour ingredients over ice
  • Enjoy!