15 Best Rum Drinks for the Beach Ranked (2023 Edition)

Last Updated on November 26, 2023 by Lydia Martin

The Caribbean’s most important edible resource is sugar cane, which is fermented and used for making rum.

This rich spirit pairs well with other tropical flavors like coconuts and lime.

And no one would argue rum drinks are the best enjoyed while watching the waves at the beach.

So to your pleasure, we listed the best rum drinks for the beach peeps. 

Top 15 Rum Drinks To Sip At The Beach

15. Hawaiian Mai Tai

Hawaiian Mai Tai Cocktail Drink

This classic rum cocktail is best for sipping at the beach, whether you want it the traditional or the popularized variation. 

Prep/Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1.5oz pineapple juice
  • 1.5oz light rum
  • .75oz Cointreau
  • .75oz fresh lime juice
  • .5oz orgeat
  • .5oz dark rum

Instructions: In your cocktail shaker, mix all the ingredients with ice except dark rum. Shake well and strain in your glass and pour dark rum on top. 

Serving: 1

14. Bahama Mama

Close Up Shot od Bahama Mama Cocktail Drink

This Bahama Mama features a combo of vibrant fruit flavors and smooth rum–ideal for drinking at the beach.

Prep/Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2oz orange Juice
  • 1oz pineapple Juice
  • 1oz dark rum
  • .5oz coconut rum
  • .5oz lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • Grenadine splash

Instructions: Combine all the ingredients in a tall glass. Garnish it with pineapple and maraschino Cherries, if desired. 

Serving: 1

13. Blue Hawaiian

Blue Hawaiian Cocktail Glass Drink on Top of Bar Counter

This Blue Hawaiian is a fun and refreshing drink that consists of rum, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and Curacao liquor. But do you know what’s our favorite sipping rum below $50?

Prep/Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2oz pineapple juice
  • 1oz light rum
  • 1oz blue Curacao liqueur
  • 1oz cream of coconut

Instructions: Combine all the ingredients in your blender until smooth. Pour into your chilled highball glass and garnish with a pineapple slice or maraschino cherry. 

Serving: 1

12. Bushwhacker

Bushwacker Cocktail Drink with Cherry on Top

The Bushwacker is a chocolate milkshake and a Pina Colada-inspired drink featuring a combination of creme de cacao and Kahlua. Find out if there’s a non-alcoholic rum here

Prep/Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2oz aged rum
  • 2oz Kahlua
  • 2oz creme de cacao 
  • 2oz cream of coconut
  • 2oz 2% milk

Instructions: In your blender, blend all the ingredients until smooth. Pour in your glasses and garnish with grated nutmeg or shaved chocolate. 

Serving: 2

11. Lava Flow

Glass of Lava Flow Coktail Drink

Lava Flow combines the feel of Strawberry Daiquiri and Pina Colada—perfect for any occasion during the summer season.

Prep/Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2oz frozen strawberries
  • 1oz light rum
  • 1oz coconut rum
  • 1 banana
  • 2oz cream of coconut
  • 2oz pineapple juice

Instructions: In your blender, mix the rums and strawberries and blend. Rinse your blender, and combine pineapple juice, banana, and coconut cream; blend well. 

Pour the banana mixture over the strawberry mix and garnish with pineapple, if you like. 

Serving: 1

10. Creamy Pina Colada

Creamy Pina Colada Drink with Black background

A creamy and refreshing drink, Pina Colada is made with rum, pineapple juice, and coconut. It’s a quick and easy drink that’s perfect for summer.

Prep/Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 80ml white rum
  • 200ml pineapple juice
  • 40g coconut cream
  • 80ml whipped cream
  • pineapple slices/cocktail cherry (for garnish)

Instructions: Pour all the ingredients over ice except the garnishes in your shaker. Strain into your cocktail glasses and garnish with cocktail cherries or pineapple slices.  

Serving: 2

Read: Top Rums For Tiki Drinks

9. Dirty Banana

Dirty Banana Cocktail Drink

Dirty Banana is perfect for anyone who loves the booze of aged rum, coffee liqueur, and flavors of bananas and half-a-half.

Prep/Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2oz rum
  • 1oz banana liqueur
  • 1oz coffee liqueur
  • 2oz half-and-half
  • 1 chunked banana (slightly overripe)
  • 6oz ice 

Instructions: Pour all the ingredients into your blender, except the chunks, and blend until the mixture smoothens. Pour into your collins glass and garnish with banana chunks. 

Serving: 1

8. Frozen Rum Runners

2 glasses of Frozen Rum Runners cocktail drink

This Frozen Rum Runner will provide you with the necessary relaxation to kick off the weekend at the beach. 

Prep/Total Time: 4 minutes


  • 3oz coconut rum
  • 2oz banana liquor
  • 2oz raspberry liquor
  • 2oz pineapple juice
  • 2oz orange juice
  • grenadine splash
  • orange slices and 

Instructions: Combine all the ingredients in your blender with ice except the orange slices. Blend until smooth and pour into glasses. Garnish with orange slices and serve. 

Serving: 2

7. Tropical Bay Breeze

Tropical Bay Breeze Garnished with Cherry and Slice of Orange

Tropical Bay Breeze is so easy to make; it’s also very refreshing and tastes like the tropics—a perfect drink on the hot beach.

Prep/Total Time: 5 minutes 


  • 2oz pineapple juice
  • 2oz cranberry juice
  • 1oz coconut malibu rum
  • Grenadine splash

Instructions: Incorporate all the ingredients and pour the mixture into your glass. If desired, garnish it with oranges or cherries. 

Serving: 1

6. Mermaid Water 

Mermaid Water Punch Cocktail Drink

The Mermaid Water recipe for a tropical drink is one of the sexiest of its kind. 

“There was a sound in their voices which suggested rum.”

— Robert Louis Sevenson

Prep/Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2oz spiced rum
  • 1oz coconut rum
  • 6oz pineapple juice
  • .5oz Lime Juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Blue curaçao splash
  • Lime Wheels

Instructions: Build your glass using lime slices and ice, then pour all the remaining ingredients.

Serving: 1

5. Strawberry Rum Punch

Strawberry Rum Drink

Strawberry Rum Punch features a combination of sparkling wine [1], white rum, ginger beer, and strawberries–a great drink for any occasion, anytime, and anywhere. 

Prep/Total Time:10 minutes


  • 750ml strawberry sparkling wine
  • 1oz of white rum
  • 1liter ginger ale
  • 10oz frozen strawberries (slightly thawed)

Instructions: Pour all the ingredients into your large pitcher. Mash the strawberries slightly and stir to mix well. Pour into glasses over ice. 

Serving: 6

4. Soggy Dollar Painkiller

Glass of Soggy Dollar Painkiller and  a Can of Coconut Cream

The Soggy Dollar Painkiller cocktail features rum, pineapple, coconut, and orange. It’s a must-have drink for any trip to the British Virgin Islands.

Prep/Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2oz Pusser’s rum
  • 4oz pineapple juice
  • 1oz orange juice
  • 1oz cream of coconut
  • Nutmeg
  • Pineapple slice

Instructions: Shake all the ingredients except the nutmeg and the pineapple slice. Pour into your glass with ice and put nutmeg and the pineapple slice on top. 

Serving: 1

3. Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

Glass of Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

A perfect summer drink, Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri, is made with rum, sugar, and lime juice–one of the best thirst-quencher while at the beach. 

Prep/Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 8oz frozen strawberries
  • 2oz fresh strawberries
  • 1oz sugar syrup
  • 2oz lime juice
  • 4oz white rum 

Instructions: Mix all the ingredients in your blender and blend. Pour into your glasses and garnish with fresh strawberries. 

Serving: 2

2. Zombie Punch

hand holding glass of Zombie Punch

Zombie Punch–is strong and mysterious. If you want the perfect booze by the beach, you better try this one. 

Prep/Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1.5oz Jamaican rum
  • 1.5oz Puerto Rican rum
  • 1oz 151-proof rum
  • .5oz Don’s Mix 
  • .5oz Velvet Falernum
  • .75oz lime juice
  • .25oz grenadine
  • 2-dash absinthe
  • 1-dash Angostura bitters

Instructions: Combine all the ingredients in your shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into your tiki mug with ice. Garnish it with a mint sprig, if desired. 

Serving: 1

1. Caribbean Rum Punch

glass and a pitcher of Caribbean Rum Punch

A Caribbean Rum Punch is a refreshing and sweet drink, perfect for summer parties. 

Prep/Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2oz orange juice
  • 2oz pineapple juice
  • .5oz fresh lime juice
  • 1oz light rum
  • 1oz dark rum
  • .25oz grenadine
  • Ice and fresh orange wheel 

Instructions: Mix all the liquid ingredients over ice in your serving glass. Garnish with a fresh orange wheel, and enjoy. 

Serving: 1


What rum is best for tropical drinks?

The best rum for tropical drinks is spiced rum for its unique flavor. But you can use any rum [2], light and dark, depending on the drink you’ll be making. 

Can you use any rum in mixing tropical drinks?

Yes, you can use any rum in mixing tropical drinks. It depends on your style and preference. 

Final Say

Now you have all the recipes; you’re all set for an enjoyable beach getaway.

Whether you want to order at the beach club or do it yourself in your lodge, all these rum drinks are sure to satisfy your tastebuds, adding a perfect moment near the shore. 




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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