Ah, the Rum and Coke. It’s easy, refreshing, and absolutely delicious! What more could you ask for? Basically, the drink’s a few ounces of rum mixed with a satisfying layer of coke. Yes, it’s not fancy, it’s not sophisticated, but it definitely gets the job done!
The sweet rum blends perfectly with the coke, while the carbonation adds a nice bubbly finish. You’re welcome to add a few limes to the mix but it’s not necessary.
Rum and Coke Ingredients
The Rum and Coke is an easy two-ingredient cocktail. There’s no reason to overthink it. Simply find a nice silver/white rum and your favorite coke. Don’t go looking for an expensive rum, there’s no need – you’d be wasting your money. On the other hand, don’t buy the cheapest rum you can find either.
As for the coke, well it’s coke. Stick with respected brands, generic’s hit or miss.
Rum’s a great spirit to pair with coke because it’s naturally sweet, so it blends right in. The Rum and Coke’s made with silver/white rum. Aged rum loses sweetness during the aging process, which creates an entirely new taste. That’s not to say gold rum isn’t delicious. Actually, it adds a very nice deep flavor to the mix. But if that’s what you prefer, then you’re really looking at making a Cuba Libre instead of a Rum and Coke.
Now I know there’s some back and forth, some say the Cuba Libre and the Rum and Coke are the same. But let’s give the Cubans some respect. The Cuba Libre’s made with dark or aged rum and lime juice. It requires both. We’ll leave the Rum and Coke where it belongs, on the mainland please.
The name “coke” in a Rum and Coke refers to the cola made by Coca-Cola, the popular beverage company. But feel free to use any type or brand of cola you’d like (Coca-Cola, Pepsi, etc.). I prefer Coca-Cola. Specifically Mexican Coke, it’s sweetened with sugarcane instead of high fructose corn syrup, which is what’s most commonly sold in the U.S. Luckily, they’re both sold in most grocery stores so it’s not hard to find.
You can easily tell the difference between the two by how they’re bottled. Mexican Coke is packaged in large glass bottles instead of aluminum cans or plastic bottles. Although some smaller glass bottles of coke found in stores are made with high fructose corn syrup. So keep an eye out and check the label to be sure. Regardless, I enjoy Mexican Coke because it simply tastes better! You should definitely give it a try!
Delicious Rum and Coke Variations
Cherry Rum and Coke
This delightful cocktail can be made in a few ways. One, simply replace the original cola with cherry cola and you’ll have a fruity Rum and Coke. You can also use cherry rum instead of cherry coke, or both! Or (my favorite), thoroughly muddle fresh cherries at the base of the glass before adding anything else. It makes for a very fresh and authentic Cherry Rum and Coke!
This is a bit more complicated than the Cherry Rum and Coke, but it’s totally worth it! It’s a fancy combination of rum, cola syrup, Fernet-Branca, Orinoco bitters, and champagne that leaves cocktails like the French 75 in the dust. A classy way to drink Coca-Cola, to say the least! The Rum and Coke and Champagne is an absolute must-try. Here’s the recipe!
The Rum and Coke Float is an excellent way to celebrate dessert! Simply combine rum, vanilla ice cream with a few dashes of Angostura bitters and top with Mexican Coke. It makes for a deliciously creamy way to party. Try the recipe!
How to Make a Rum and Coke!
A delicious Rum and Coke cocktail recipe! Learn how to make a fantastic Rum and Coke. It’s as easy as it gets: two parts rum, four parts coke, then toss in a few lime wedges for good measure!
- 2 fl oz Silver/White Rum
- 4 fl oz Coke
- 1 Lime (Optional)
- Slice 2-3 lime wedges or wheels, set aside.
- Fill an old fashioned, rocks, or highball glass with ice.
- Add rum and coke to glass and gently stir for 5-10 seconds.
- Garnish with lime wedges/wheels as desired. (Optional)
Tip! Measure the coke out over a sink, no need to make a mess!
*Nutrition information is approximate and varies depending upon ingredients used.
- Category: Cocktail
- Serving Size: 1-3
- Calories: 175
Keywords: Rum and Coke, Rum, Coke, Lime
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