12 Lip-Smacking Spiced Rum Cocktails

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 Don’t know what flavors go well with spiced rum? These 12 ideas for lip-smacking spiced rum cocktails can help give you an idea. Unlike other rum types, spiced rum is extremely versatile, letting you enjoy it on its own or in a cocktail. 

Even in a cocktail, you can enjoy this rum warm or cold. Now, as intimidating as it may appear to be, it’s pretty easy to pick the right mixers for a spiced rum cocktail. Haven’t a clue how? Check out these 12 top picks for the best spiced rum-based cocktails for tips.

1. Classic Rum & Coke



  • 2 fl. oz Spiced rum
  • 4 – 6 fl. oz Coke
  • Maraschino cherry or lime wedges, for garnish

Rum and coke remain one of the most popular mainstream cocktails. While it is usually interchanged to Cuba Libre, other mixologists simply use two instead of the two ingredients for the cocktail. 

Using spiced rum complements the caramelly and rich coke flavors for a refreshing all year round drink. 

Opt for more subtle rum flavors, like Captain Morgan Spiced Rum as other more spicy options may crash with the spices in the cola to make it too sweet or ultra spicy.

Combined 2 ounces of spiced rum and 4 to 6 ounces of coke in a highball filled with ice. Garnish with maraschino cherry or lime wedges.

Also check: 20 Best Tropical Rum Cocktails

2. Spiced Rum Cider



  • Spiced rum
  • 4 cups Spiced apple cider
  • Half cider
  • 3 Cinnamon sticks
  • 3 Star anise
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1.5 fl. oz. Spiced rum
  • 0.5 cup hard cider
  • 2-3 dashes of lemon bitters
  • Extra cinnamon sticks and star anise, for garnish
  • Clove

Unlike other rum varieties, spiced rum can be enjoyed both cold and warm. During the fall season, nothing beats a decadent spicy fall cocktail.

The spiced rum cider combines a perfect blend of fall flavors – spiced rum, spiced apple cider, half cider, and beautiful fall spices. This fall cocktail can be enjoyed how you want, cold or warm. Here, we’ll share the cold version recipe.

This cocktail even uses homemade spiced apple cider for more authentic flavors. To make the spiced cider, combine 4 cups apple cider, 3 cinnamon sticks, 3 star anise, a pinch of nutmeg, and clove in a mason jar. Seal the jar and let it sit in the refrigerator for about an hour. Give it a good shake when ready to use. 

To make the cocktail, fill up a glass or glass mug with ice and pour over spiced rum and about 1.5 cups of homemade spiced apple cider. stir the mixture and top with hard cider and lemon bitters. Garnish with cinnamon and star anise. 

3. Classic Mojito with a Spicy & Fruity Twist



  • Pineapple juice (canned or boxed)
  • Fresh ginger
  • Fresh mint leaves
  •  Fresh lime wedges
  • Spiced rum
  • Soda water or club soda
  • Pineapple wedges (fresh or tinned)
  • Butter
  • Brown sugar

Traditionally, a classic mojito is made using white or silver rum. However, with the right flavors, you can ditch the light rum for a spicier option.

Going for flavors like pineapple and ginger creates a perfect combination with spiced rum. So, what better way to enjoy this crisp tropical cocktail than with a twist?

The spiced rum can be used to whip up sweet and spicy pineapple ginger mojito blended with pineapple juice and lime. 

To make the cocktail, simmer pineapple juice and ginger in a small saucepan until reduced for about 5 to 10 minutes. Make the caramelized pineapple garnish by dusting pineapple wedges with brown sugar and frying them with butter until caramelized.

In a highball or lowball glass, muddle mint leaves, fresh ginger, lime juice, and lime slices to your liking. Top with pineapple juice, spiced rum, and soda water. Add crushed ice and garnish with mint and caramelized pineapple. 

4. Cuba Libre



  • Ice
  • 1 part Fresh lime juice
  • 5 parts spiced rum
  • 12parts Mexican coke
  • A few dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Fresh lime wedges, for garnish

Also known as rum and coke, this Cuban cocktail comes with a few extra ingredients to boost its flavors. Using spiced rum in this cocktail adds an extra layer of spicy flavors to awaken the cocktail.

To make the cocktail, layer a highball with ice rock. Combine 1 part fresh lime juice, 5 parts spiced rum, 12 parts coke, and a dash of Angostura bitters in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into the highball glass and garnish with lime wedges.

5. Pineapple Rum Punch



  • Ice
  • Pineapple juice (canned or boxed)
  • Ginger ale
  • Spiced rum

Using the tropical pineapple fruit in this rum punch creates an authentic Caribbean drink flavor, reminiscent of the sandy beaches and warm weather.

On the other hand, using spiced rum offers spices that complement and wake the pineapple flavors up. The best part of this delicious cocktail is that it only uses 3 ingredients. 

To make a single glass, fill a highball with ice, and add pineapple juice and ginger ale. Slowly top with spiced rum using the back of a bar spoon to create a layer of fun tropical colors. Serve garnished with a maraschino cherry and a straw.

If you are making punch for a crowd, add pineapple juice, ginger ale, and spiced rum to a large pitcher. Stir and chill the mixture till ready to serve. To serve, pour over a highball filled with glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

6. Dark & Stormy



  • Ice
  • Ginger beer
  • Lime wedges
  • Spiced rum

Dark and Stormy cocktails are synonymous with dark rum. However, the dark and spicy notes make spiced rum an excellent rum mixer for this classic cocktail.  The spicy flavors of the rum blend to wake up the ginger beer for a fiery yet refreshing drink. 

To make the cocktail, fill a highball with ice and top it with ginger beer, leaving some space for the rum, depending on the boozy kick you want.

Squeeze the juice of half a lime wedge and slowly pour the rum over the back of a bar spoon. Make sure the tip of the spoon touches the top of the ginger beer to create a beautiful layer. Garnish with lime and serve!

7. Rum Swizzle



  • 3 fl. oz. spiced rum
  • 3 fl. oz. white rum
  • 6 fl. oz. orange juice
  • 6 fl. oz. pineapple juice
  • 0.5 fl. oz. Grenadine
  • 4 drops angostura bitters
  • 2 thin orange wheels, one with the rinds removed

There’s a reason the Rum Swizzle is Bermuda’s national drink. This refreshing drink combines a blend of rum, bitters, and fruit juices for a refreshing boozy sensation – the perfect addition to any celebration! In this version, spiced rum substitutes dark rum to add more flavor and spice.

Fill up a highball with ice. Add the spiced rum, white rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, and grenadine then stir to combine. Add the bitters and garnish with the orange wheels to enjoy.

8. Spiced Rum Old Fashioned 



  • Orange zest strip
  • 1 tsp Brown sugar
  • 2 dashes of orange bitters
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 2 fl. oz. spiced rum

If you are a fan of the Old Fashioned, you will love this spiced rum version. The Classic cocktail is typically made using whiskey, a sugar cube soaked in angostura bitters, and orange zest oil.

But, you can use this standard to create a ton of fun flavors – including this spiced version.

Squeeze an orange peel into the cocktail lowball glass, allowing it to fall to the bottom. Leave the peel inside and add the brown sugar and bitters. Add a large ice cube and pour the rum over it. Stir using a bar spoon until the sugar dissolves and enjoy!

9. Spiced Rum Sunset



  • Orange juice
  • Spiced Rum
  • Grenadine
  • Ice
  • Lime slice, for garnish

Missing the tropics? How about bringing the sunset and sandy beaches to your backyard with this Spiced Rum Sunset cocktail? After all, the sweet and refreshing drink is pretty easy to whip up.

Combine orange juice, spiced rum, and grenadine in a mixing glass and chill. When ready to serve, pour over ice in a highball, garnish with a lime slice, and enjoy. 

10. Spiced Rum & Coke Floats



  • Scoop of Vanilla bean ice cream
  • 1.5 fl. oz. Spiced rum
  • 5 fl oz. Coke
  • Whipped cream
  • Maraschino cherry

On a hot summer afternoon, this Spiced Rum & Coke float comes to the rescue. The vanilla bean ice cream does a fantastic job at blending in the caramel coke and spicy notes of the rum for a refreshingly creamy float. 

Simply add an ice cream scoop to a tall chilled glass, pour in the rum and coke, and top with whipped cream. Garnish with a cherry and enjoy with a straw!

11. Spiked Cherry Cola



  • 2  fl. oz. Spiced rum
  • 6  fl. oz. Cherry cola
  • 1 tbsp grenadine
  • Maraschino cherry, for garnish

Nothing beats a delicious fruity soda rum cocktail on a warm summer day. This cherry soda and rum cocktail boasts all the right flavors – sweet, fruity, and spicy!

12. Ginger Rum Fizz



  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 0.5 cups finely chopped ginger 
  • 1.5 fl. oz. Spiced rum
  • 0.75 fl .oz. Homemade ginger Syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Seltzer water or soda water
  • 1 lemon wheel

Make the most of ginger and spice notes with this fizz cocktail. To make this cocktail, you first have to prepare the homemade ginger syrup by simmering granulated sugar, water, and chopped ginger for about 5 minutes. 

Remove the saucepan from the heat, steep for 15 minutes, and strain the ginger pieces from the syrup. To make the cocktail, add some ice cubes to a glass, pour over rum and ginger syrup then top with seltzer water or soda water. Stir the mixture and garnish with a lemon wheel to enjoy.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Is Good Mixed With Spiced Rum?

Spiced rum is good with a range of mixers, including apple, pineapple, and orange juice. These fruit juices boast a sweet tropical taste that brings out the spicy elements of the spirit.

You can even wake the mixture up by adding a few bubbles with sparkling juice, carbonated water, or club soda.

What Can You Mix With Captain Morgan Spiced Rum?

You can mix Captain Morgan Spiced Rum with a range of mixers. These include soda, like coke, fruit juices, like pineapple and orange, ginger beer, apple cider, cold brew, iced tea, and even, lemonade, to mention a few.

What Soda Goes With Spiced Rum?

Spiced rum goes really well with cola to create a sharp, sweet, and spicy combination. You can also pair spiced rum with lemon-lime soda, like Sprite, or other tropical fruit-flavored sodas. If you want the spiced rum flavors to dominate, go for soda water or club soda.


Making spiced rum cocktails can appear to be an intimidating task. However, identifying the right flavors to pair with the spiced spirit is the one way to ensure you craft delicious cocktails.

you can even tweak a few parameters of classic cocktails to produce excellent twists. If this is too cumbersome, you can never go wrong with tropical fruit juices or tropical-flavored sodas that add alittle fizz!

Chad Smith

Meet Chad Smith, a seasoned bartender with a passion for mixology. He's the founder of Tin Roof Drink Community, a blog where he shares expert tips, creative recipes, and fosters a vibrant community of cocktail enthusiasts and aspiring bartenders. Join Chad as he takes you on a flavorful journey through the world of drinks. Cheers!

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