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
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
Kula Dark Rum
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
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
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
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