It’s Classic, It’s Contemporary, It’s The Rum!

The best way to celebrate any occasion is to add a little bit of dark rum to create the most eminent of drinks. Traditionally associated with dark and light variation, rum has seeped into more inventive and alluring cocktails and punches. The true beauty of rum lies in its versatility as different variants are produced in more than 80 countries worldwide. 

This World Rum Day, we bring to you a variety of classic and contemporary cocktails with deeper, rich flavors and a powerful kick starring Dark Rum in the lead. Let’s dive into some of the most delightfully refreshing cocktails to enjoy on this special day. 

Classic Cocktails

You cannot go wrong with these Classic Rum Cocktails from Bootz Dark Jamaica Rum . Dark Rum has starred in some of the most iconic and zesty drinks that are easy to make. Shout out to millennials to try these Classic drinks enjoyed by their fathers and grandfathers (Gen X and boomers). From alcohol-heavy to alcohol-light, Strong and boozy to sweet and fruity, there is something for everyone.  

Cuba Libre :


    60 ml  Dark Rum


    Crushed Ice

    1 wedge of lime


    Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour all the ingredients over ice. 

    Garnish the glass with a wedge of lime.

Dark Rum Mojito 


    8 fresh mint leaves

    2 teaspoons turbinado sugar (raw sugar)

    1/2 lime cut into fourths

    60 ml Dark Rum 

    Club soda or seltzer water



    Muddle mint, sugar, and lime in the bottom of a tall, sturdy glass, just until mint is bruised and limes have been mostly juiced. If you don't have a muddler, use the end of a heavy wooden spoon instead.

    Add rum, and muddle a tiny bit more to mix.

    Fill the glass with ice, then top with club soda. Serve with cocktail straws if you have them.

Dark n Stormy


  •     60 ml  Dark Rum
  •     15 ml lime juice, freshly squeezed
  •     Ginger beer, to top (about 150 ml)
  •     Garnish: Slice of lime


    Add rum and lime juice to a tall glass filled with ice.

    Top with the ginger beer.

    Garnish with a lime wheel.

Pina Colada


    60 ml Dark  Rum

    15 ml cream of coconut

    15 ml pineapple juice

    15 ml lime juice, freshly squeezed

    Garnish: pineapple wedge

    Garnish: cocktail umbrella/ paper parasol


    Add the rum, cream of coconut and pineapple and lime juices to a shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds.

    Strain into a chilled Hurricane glass over pebble ice.

    Garnish with a pineapple wedge or a fancy cocktail umbrella/ paper parasol

Contemporary Cocktails

While classic Rum cocktails will be revered forever, there are a few contemporary cocktails often referred as the Modern-Classic drinks that are loved beyond borders. These drinks travel far from their place of origin and dominate the cocktail menus as they are highly regarded by the bartending community. We are presenting the new age cocktails to satiate the ever growing need of experimentation in millennials and Gen Z.

Frozen Banana Daiquiri


    60 ml  Dark Rum

    45 ml of fresh lime juice

    15 ml simple syrup

    1 banana, peeled and sliced (reserve a couple of slices for garnish)

    1 cup crushed ice


    In a blender, combine the rum, lime juice, simple syrup, banana, and ice.

    Cover and blend on high until smooth.

    Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with a banana slice.

Rumberry Punch 


    30  Dark Rum

    60 ml cranberry juice

    60 ml ginger ale


    Chill the rum, juice and ginger ale until nice and cold. 

    Pour everything into a Goblet glass. Top up with lots of ice and serve.



     60 ml Dark Rum

    120 ml  Pineapple juice

    30 ml  Orange juice, freshly squeezed

    30 ml  cream of coconut

    Garnish: pineapple wedge


    Add the rum, pineapple juice, orange juice and cream of coconut to a shaker with ice and shake vigorously but briefly to combine.

    Strain into a hurricane glass or snifter over crushed ice.

    Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and a pineapple wedge.

Jungle Bird


    45 ml Dark Rum

    20 ml Aperol/pomegranate juice

    45 ml Pineapple juice

    15 ml Lime juice, freshly squeezed 

    15 ml Brown sugar/demerara syrup

    Garnish: Mint leaves


    Mix the rum, Aperol, pineapple juice, lime juice, and brown sugar/demerara syrup in a shaker with ice until thoroughly chilled.

    Pour into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.

    Garnish with a slice of pineapple.

Seasonal Rum cocktails by Maka Zai!

Cacti Daiquiri

Highlighting local indigenous products, this cocktail features the cactus. It’s a perfect monsoon cocktail as it brings out floral, fresh, and herby flavours. It’s also a no-frill, easy-to-make cocktail at home that requires only five ingredients. 


  • 60ml – Maka Zai White Rum
  • 20 ml – Fresh Lime Juice
  • 20 ml – Cacti Syrup
  • 2 – Kafir Lime Leaf’s
  • Ice

Method - In a shaker, combine all the ingredients with ice, shake it for 30 seconds and serve it in a coupe glass with some garnish.

Fig Old-Fashioned 

A spiced up old fashioned with dried figs and rosemary .


  • Maka Zai Gold Rum - 60ml  
  • Fig & Demerara syrup - 5ml  
  • Bitters - 1 dash  
  • Rosemary - 1 stem
  • Finely chopped dried figs - 50 g  
  • Garnish - Rosemary smoke  

Method - 

  • In a mixing glass, add in the Maka Zai Gold Rum, a dash of bitters and the fig syrup. Add ice and stir till the drink is chilled. 
  • Strain into an old-fashioned glass with a block of ice. Burn the rosemary till it starts smoking and trap the smoke by dropping into a glass and covering it. 
  • Serve the drink by "pouring" the rosemary smoke into the cocktail for an aromatic and smokey finish.  

Heat all the ingredients together till the sugar dissolves and the syrup thickens. Strain and use.