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15 Best Rums for Rum & Coke Cocktail (2023 Updated)

Best Rum for Rum and Coke

Last Updated on December 16, 2023 by Lydia Martin

The Rum and Coke cocktail is a favorite drink among cocktail fans. It’s a simple cocktail – just two ingredients: Coke and rum, usually combined with a lime wedge or lime juice.

But sometimes, choosing the right rum for this simple cocktail is crucial. So, to narrow down your choices, we listed the best rum for rum and coke cocktails.

Top 15 Rums To Use For Rum & Coke 

15. Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum

Bottle of Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum with Yellow Background

Average Price: around $27/750ml

Alcohol Content: 63% ABV

Why We Like It: This is an affordable rum, given its high ABV and delicious classic taste. In fact, this is a staple of Jamaican culture, made in the country’s Nassau Valley, and is unaged.

If you like this style, this is a perfect choice for your rum-based cocktails.

But what’s the best non-alcoholic rum to try?

14. Jung & Wulff

two men drinking bottle of Jung & Wulff

Average Price: around $45/750ml

Alcohol Content: 43% ABV

Why We Like It: The nose of this rum is slightly oaky with hints of spice and fruit. The palate is a bit spicy with a long-lasting impression but it has caramel and vanilla hints.

This rum is underrated. It’s not well-known, but it doesn’t mean it’s a bad rum. We find this a perfectly balanced rum for its sweet and spicy characteristics.

13. Koloa Kaua’i Spice

Average Price: around $35/750ml

Alcohol Content: 44% ABV

Why We Like It: This spiced rum is a blend of raw cane sugar and spices distilled in a vintage copper pot still. It has a dry and crisp palate with hints of caramel and sarsaparilla.

This is a good substitute for Captain Morgan, or if you want to deviate from the Cruzan Aged Light Rum.

12. Rhum Barbancourt Réserve Spéciale 8 Year

Bottle of Rhum Barbancourt Réserve Spéciale 8 Year

Average Price: around $31/750ml

Alcohol Content: 43% ABV

Why We Like It: If you want a more refined drink, try Rhum Barbancourt 8YO as a base for your Rum and Cola cocktail. The taste of this French-style rum is more intense and flavorful.

Only, in Haiti, I realized, is it possible to drink rum and haggle with a god.”

-Wade Davis, Canadian Anthropologist

This smooth and powerful rum is complex with enough flavor and peppery spice, making this bottle a perfect mix with Cola with a splash of lime.

11. Appleton Estate Signature Blend

Bottle of  Appleton Estate Signature Blend

Average Price: around $24/750ml

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Why We Like It: This Appleton Estate’s signature blend is aged for around four years in ex-bourbon barrels, creating its vibrant gold and amber color.

This delicious rum contains sweet and juicy notes, such as dried apricots and molasses.

Since we first tried it, we’ve been a fan of this rum brand. It’s a perfect blend for any Caribbean cocktail.

10. Kraken Black Spiced Rum

Bottle of Kraken Black Spiced Rum

Average Price: around $33/750ml

Alcohol Content: 47% ABV

Why We Like It: We like the Kraken’s deep cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla flavors, perfect for making rum-based winter drinks.

Kraken Black spiced rum is among the best spiced rums with intense aromas. It has intense flavors, so it’s perfect for enhancing any classic cocktail.

9. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

Bottle of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

Average Price: around $26/1L

Alcohol Content: 35% ABV

Why We Like It: This spiced rum from the US Virgin Islands is among the best rums for rum-based drinks, like Dark N’ Stormy and Rum Punch.

Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum has hints of vanilla and rich caramel flavors but is not too sweet. The taste combines various spices, including molasses, cinnamon, and fruit.

8. Rhum Clement XO Agricole

Rhum Clement XO Agricole

Average Price: around $63/750ml

Alcohol Content: 42% ABV

Why We Like It: This aged rum gives a classic Coke and Rum a little backbone. Rhum Clement XO uses a blend from Martinique – Rhum Clement Agricole [1], aged for six years.

We like its smoky and vanilla aromas. Besides, subtle notes of dried fruit, baking spices, brown sugar, and dates match the taste of Cola.

7. Saison Pale Rum

Bottle of Saison Pale Rum on a Table

Average Price: around $25/750ml

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Why We Like It: Saison is the best white rum for Rum and Coke for its fruity, rich banana flambé, vanilla notes, and honeyed finish. We like the balance between freshness and indulgence.

The taste of molasses and a hint of cinnamon on the palate of this rum makes its fruity and floral essence more pronounced.

6. Smith & Cross

Smith & Cross

Average Price: around $33/750ml

Alcohol Content: 57% ABV

Why We Like It: This Jamaican rum brand is perfect for those looking for a boozy bottle.

Aside from its high ABV, it’s also gluten-free. Although some drinkers find its botanical notes off-putting, it gives a unique taste to drinks.

We prefer this over the Pussers Gunpowder Proof Rum. Its palate is filled with exotic fruit and herb notes, with an earthy finish.

5. BACARDÍ Superior White Rum

Bottle BACARDÍ Superior White Rum with Glasses

Average Price: around $16/750ml

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Why We Like It: BACARDI Superior is a great choice for a rum cocktail, which goes well with Cola. This rum’s smooth, creamy, and rich flavors make it an ideal addition to any mixed drink.

Among the white rums, we like BACARDI Superior for its almond, lime, and vanilla hints. It’s a refreshing drink, dry and crisp, tastier than the Cruzan Aged Light Rum.

4. Flor de Caña 5 Year Añejo Clásico

Flor de Caña 5 Year Añejo Clásico

Average Price: around $22/750ml

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Why We Like It: We like how Flor de Caña complements the flavor of Cola rather than overpowers it.

The combination of Coke and its vanilla flavor brings a satisfying drinking experience. We like this bottle more compared to the Brugal Anejo rum.

The brown sugar, coconut, and vanilla spices of Flor de Caña enhance the flavor of Rum and Coca-Cola [2] cocktails, regardless of the variation. It’s full-bodied and aged, with tropical fruit flavors.

3. Dos Maderas 5+3 Double Aged

Bottle of Dos Maderas 5+3 Double Aged on a Wooden Table

Average Price: around $33/750ml

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Why We Like It: We enjoy aged rums that can stand up to the sweet caramel flavors of Coke, and that’s what Dos Maderas Double Aged Rum can provide.

This bottle is one of our favorites for its complex flavors, with hints of tobacco, smoke, and roasted nuts.

2. Gosling’s Gold Seal Rum

Close Up Shot of Gosling's Gold Seal Rum Bottle

Average Price: around $21/750ml

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Why We Like It: This rum has a delightfully complex taste, especially when mixed with Cola or bitters. But on its own, it’s best enjoyed great on rocks or in a shot.

A butterscotch taste with hints of vanilla and floral aromas dominates Gosling’s Gold Seal rum’s flavor notes. It’s not overly sweet and with a slightly spicy flavor, ideal for holiday celebrations. 

1. BACARDÍ Gold

Bottle of BACARDÍ Gold and a Glass

Average Price: around $20/1L

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Why We Like It: One of the best rums for Cuba Libre [3] and other rum-based cocktails is BACARDÍ Gold for its smooth and refreshing taste. You can sip this straight, actually.

The aromas of ginger root, dry vanilla, and almond provide a sweet and slightly dry finish. Also, the taste of caramel, toasted coconut, oak, banana, and citrus highlights the palate.

**Average prices are based on Drizly online. Price may vary by store. 

FAQs 

What kind of rum to use for Rum and Coke?

Spiced rums are the best kind of rum to use for Rum and Coke. It’s a popular base for rum-based cocktails. But you can also try aged rums.

Is “Rum and Coke” better with light or dark rum?

The Rum and Coke cocktail is better with dark rum. We suggest using the best dark rum from Gosling’s, Bacardi, or the Brugal Anejo rum.

In A Nutshell 

Picking the best rum [4] is important when making a great cocktail. Choose a bottle that complements your preferred bitters and citrus flavors or one you can sip on its own.

Our favorite is BACARDI Gold, among the best rums for Rum and Coke, but all rums on this list are worth trying. Choose your style, and you’re ready to make a delicious cocktail.

References:

  1. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-30/what-is-rhum-agricole-guide-to-best-martinique-rum-bottles#
  2. https://daily.jstor.org/what-rum-and-cokes-have-to-do-with-war/
  3. http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-09/10/c_137456882.htm
  4. https://www.britannica.com/topic/rum-liquor
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