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8 Best Cherry Rum Drinks To Try (2023 Edition)

Last Updated on November 5, 2023 by Lydia Martin

Rum is native to the Caribbean Islands – made from fermented cane sugar.

While many popular rum drinks have tropical fruits like pineapple, coconut, and lime, rum also pairs well with other summer fruits grown in northern regions, cherry.

So if you want to deviate from the usual tropical flavors of rum, here we recommend the best cherry rum drinks you should try.

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8. RONDIAZ Spiced Black Cherry Rum

Bottles of RONDIAZ Spiced Black Cherry Rum and a Glass on a Wooden Table

Average Price: around $9.99/750ml

Alcohol Content: 30% ABV

Why We Like It: This smooth, black cherry-flavored rum with warm spices makes for a tasty cocktail – classic or modern. We like its smoothness, which can also be enjoyed neat.

But, of course, it’s a perfect drink for many classic cocktails like Pina Colada, Sangria cocktail, and more.

It has a dark brown color and a scent similar to cherry cola. Its slightly sweet taste comes with a note similar to cough syrup. The finish has hints of cinnamon and clove.

7. Tropic Isle Palms

Bottle of Tropic Isle Palms Black Cherry

Average Price: around $11.57 per 750ml

Alcohol Content: 21% ABV

Why We Like It: We specifically like this rum’s aroma for its delicate and kirsch-like characteristics.

It begins with the delicate aromas of ripe, fresh cherries and then transitions into the creamy and sweet midpalate with a bit of dark cherries’ flavor.

It’s a perfect base for any classic summer drink like Daiquiri, Mojito, Dark N Stormy, or any rum cocktail recipe.

6. Kingston Black Cherry Rum

2 Bottles of Kingston Black Cherry Rum and a Glass of Cocktail Drink

Average Price: below $20 per 750ml

Alcohol Content: 30% ABV

Why We Like It: This black cherry-flavored rum from Kingston has lots of fresh cherry notes – a perfect thirst quencher during a hot day.

Besides, it has a refreshing twist on a classic cocktail with caramel and cola notes.

You can drink this over ice or mixed in a cocktail with a lime wedge cherry garnish.

5. Palms Black Cherry Rum

Average Price: around $11.57 per 750ml

Alcohol Content: 21% ABV

Why We Like It: This rum’s aroma is characterized by a delicate and seductive cherry flavor. It has a creamy texture and rich dark cherry flavor highlighting the taste as it lingers in the mid-palate.

It’s one of the tastiest black cherry rum drinks we’ve tried, which makes for delicious cocktail recipes like a Cherry Eggnog Cocktail, Sangria, and Pina Colada.

It tastes perfect with lime juice, lemon-lime soda, or any sweet-and-sour mix and cocktail.

4. Kraken – Black Cherry & Madagascan Vanilla Black Spiced Rum 

Bottle of Kraken - Black Cherry & Madagascan Vanilla Black Spiced Rum and a Glasses of Cocktail Drink

Average Price: around $25 per 750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Why We Like It: This Kraken rum is infused with Madagascan vanilla and black cherries.

We like Kraken on the rocks or a cocktail mixed with simple syrup, grenadine, lime juice, or other lemon-lime drinks.

The vanilla notes also go well with cherry juice and pomegranate juice, making for rum cocktails like Black Cherry and Cola, a Daiquiri cocktail, and more.

3. Largo Bay Black Cherry Rum

Bottles of Largo Bay Black Cherry Rum

Average Price: around $8.99 per 750ml

Alcohol Content: 21% ABV

Why We Like It: Largo Bay is a smooth and sweet white rum with a hint of fruit. It’s an ideal drink. It is ideal for a variety of beverages, such as lime juice, cola, lemon-lime soda, and tropical ginger beer.

On your cocktail glass, you can garnish it with fresh cherries or lime wedges and add a fun straw for an ultimate cocktail serving style.

Overall, we like its sweet notes with a slightly tart flavor, followed by a smooth finish.

2. New Town Black Cherry & Vanilla Rum

New Town Black Cherry & Vanilla Rum

Average Price: around $34 per 500ml

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Why We Like It: New Town, from the Wharf distillery, is made with vanilla and black cherry, and it’s a must-have for any cocktail lover.

Its bold and luscious flavors will keep you coming back for more, which is also perfect for rum cocktails like Mai Tai cocktail, Mojito [1], Cherry Limeade Cocktail, and more.

New Town’s recipe makes any rum cocktail a fun and satisfying drink that everyone will surely love for its rocky road ice cream, brown sugar, and fresh ginger notes.

1. Cruzan Black Cherry Rum

3 Bottles of Cruzan Black Cherry Rum on a Wooden Table

Average Price: around $12.99 per 750ml

Alcohol Content: 21% ABV

Why We Like It: Cruzan rum’s blend features the aromas of flowers, almonds, and berries, as well as a smooth finish. It’s a great addition to any rum cocktails.

The spice of black cherries gives this drink a sweet and tangy flavor, catering to different taste preferences.

“Cruzan Black Cherry brings a touch of the tropics to a wide range of fruity concoctions that can be enjoyed all year long.” Director

– Peter Wijk, Cruzan Brand

You can mix it with Citron vodka for a savory Cherry limeade cocktail, simple syrup for a perfect Black Cherry Rum Zombies, or grenadine for a delicious Hurricane rum cocktail.

**Averages prices are based on Drizly online unless stated as MSRP. Prices may vary by store.

FAQs 

What does black cherry rum taste like?

Black cherry rums taste sweet and tart. These drinks have the right balance of sweetness and sourness, proving they’re a good mix for various rum cocktails.

The rums’ unique recipe makes a twist on classic cocktails like Rum Punch, Cuba Libre, Jungle Bird cocktail, etc.

Is Cruzan black cherry rum discontinued?

Cruzan black cherry rum was discontinued during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. But now, it is widely available.

Can a black cherry rum get you drunk?

Yes, black cherry rum can get you drunk, especially when consumed in large amounts, even in a mixed cocktail. Anything with alcohol can get you drunk, so drinking in moderation is always advisable.

Final Thoughts

If you want something new and fun besides the usual tropical rum cocktail, we suggest opting for cherry dark rum.

Like the traditional flavors, these types of rum taste great with rum-based cocktail recipes – be it a classic cocktail or with a twist.

And with some garnishes like maraschino cherries and lime, you can always enhance your cocktail drinks effortlessly. Cheers!

References:

  1. https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/65985/10-refreshing-facts-about-mojitos
  2. https://apnews.com/article/7451fb2b771e4b3989e69a4bacf339fd

Lydia Martin

Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here or feel free to give Lydia a tip.

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