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Denizen’s Best Simple Rum Drinks for the Summer

July 16, 2014

It’s hot and rum season is in full swing. We’ve collected a Top 5 List of of simple rum drinks with a little help from the experts that are easy to make at home with just a few common ingredients. While the recipes are simple, they remain staples of the pros for their simplicity and balance.



Rum & Coconut Water

As featured in The Night of the Iguana where Tennessee Williams uses the “rum-coco” as analogous to refreshment, we agree that the right balance of sweet coconut milk and rum can be one of life’s great simple pleasures. Denizen’s own mixologist Marshall Altier likes to emphasize that the tropical fruit and vanilla tones in Denizen’s Aged White blend tend to play especially well with the flavor of coconut. While coconut water is a relative new phenomenon to us as a health drink and hydrator, it has been common place in the Caribbean and beyond for years as a natural pairing with island rums.

Fill a 12 collins glass with ice and build in glass:
1 1/2 part Denizen Aged White Rum
Top with Coconut water/milk














Cuba Pintada

“Stained” or “Painted” this lighter, more refreshing version of the Rum and Coke or Cuba Libre, adds just enough cola to give the drink a backbone of sweetness and color while being light and clean.

1 1/2 part Denizen Aged White Rum or Denizen Merchant’s Reserve 8 Year
2 parts soda water
Splash cola and garnish with lime wedge








New Orleans Rum Buck

A Big Easy classic take on the Buck family which calls for spirit and ginger beer or ginger ale for its definition. Bucks, also known as Mules, are experiencing a major resurgence in bars in the U.S. and are delicious, refreshing and easy to make. OuIMG_1670r love for this drink is well documented by our past post dedicated to it.



Fill a 12 collins glass with ice and build in glass:
2 parts Denizen Aged White Rum

1 part orange juice
3/4 part fresh lemon or lime juice
1 dash Angostura bitters
Top with ginger ale/ beer


















This is an old Cuban classic first found in print here in the states in David Embury’s famous book The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks. It’s a beautiful and simple twist on the classic Daiquiri with the honey standing in to highlight some of the sweeter notes of the sugarcane.

2 parts Denizen Aged White Rum
1 part fresh lime juice
1 part honey

Pour lime juice into a shaker, then add the honey and stir this mixture well to dissolve the honey. Add the rum to the shaker and stir again to mix the honey in. Add ice and shake. Strain into a martini or rocks glass over fresh ice.





White Witch

We called on one of our favorite rum gurus, Martin Cate at Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco, to help us out with this simple classic from the one and only Trader Vic, circa 1972.

Fill a 12 collins glass with ice and build in glass:
Juice of 1/2 lime (save lime shell)
.5 oz white creme de cacao
.5 oz Cointreau
1 oz Denizen Aged White Rum
Fill with club soda and stir gently to combine.
Garnish with spent lime shell and mint sprig dusted with powdered sugar.

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