8 Best Spiced Rum Cocktails To Make at Home

By Timo Torner / Last updated on July 3, 2023

Spiced rum brings rich and complex tropical flavors to drinks. Find your new favorites among these best eight spiced rum cocktails.
Best Spiced Rum cocktails

The rich and sweet taste of spiced rum comes from various Caribbean spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, or pepper. Cocktails can often benefit from these uncommon flavors and from the heat in the liquor. 

It brings a selection of flavors from your spice cabinet right into your drink recipes. Most of these drinks are twists on classic rum cocktails, but you can also find original recipes.

Our 8 Favorite Cocktails with Spiced Rum

Now, it is time for some rich sippers. Here's our selection of top spiced Rum cocktails - from easy-to-make mixed drinks to some complex concoctions.

1. Spiced Rum Bloody Mary

Spiced Rum Bloody Mary cocktail with celery salt rim


  • 1 oz spiced rum
  • 2 oz tomato juice
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 0.25 oz Worcestershire sauce
  • hot sauce and celery salt & pepper to taste


  1. Rim a glass by rubbing a lemon or lime wedge around the rim and then dipping the glass into celery salt. Then fill the glass with ice cubes.
  2. Squeeze lemon and lime wedge into a shaker, add the remaining ingredients and shake with ice. 
  3. Strain over ice into the prepared glass. 

Traditionally, the Bloody Mary is a vodka cocktail. But by using spiced rum instead of vodka, the cocktail becomes even richer in taste.

We got the idea from Sailor Jerry and found it makes excellent use of the spices in the rum and creates one of the richest and most complex variations of the tomato juice drink we had.

2. Hot Buttered Rum

Hot and Spiced buttered Rum with cinnamon stick

Ingredients (for 4 servings)

  • 3/4 cup spiced rum
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 4 tbsp butter (room temperature & unsalted)
  • 1/3 cup demerara sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • cinnamon stick


  1. Add the butter, spices, sugar, and syrup to a pitcher. Then add Rum and boiling water and stir until everything is combined and the butter is completely dissolved.
  2. Pour into a cup or glass, then garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.

If there is such a thing as the ultimate recipe to capture the flavors, it's probably this Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail. Butter, Demerara sugar, vanilla, salt, and nutmeg complement the spiced flavor Profile of the Rum base and create an excellent hot drink.

Garnished with a cinnamon stick and just a pinch of nutmeg, you get a simpler version of Winemag's recipe and a perfect drink to enjoy in front of a fireplace. The recipe is for a batch of 4 cocktails.

3. Pumpkin Pie Mai Tai

Pumpkin Pie Mai Tai on wooden table


  • 2 oz spiced rum
  • 1 oz dry triple sec
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz pumpkin syrup


  1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, fill it with ice, and shake vigorously for 12 - 15 seconds.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass over crushed ice.

Our take on the Pumpkin Mai Tai recipe - spiced rum and pumpkin work perfectly together and make for a fantastic fall or Halloween cocktail.

4. Spiced Pineapple Mojito

Spiced Pineapple Mojito cocktail with pineapple in background


  • 2 oz spiced rum 
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice 
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup 
  • 6-10 mint leaves  
  • 4-6 chunks of pineapple 
  • 1 dash of sparkling water 


  1. Slap the mint before adding it to your shaker, followed by pineapple chunks; -Gently muddle both.
  2. Add spiced rum, lime juice, and syrup and shake with ice for 12 to 15 seconds.
  3. Strain into a glass over fresh ice and garnish with pineapple wedge and mint.

This tropical Mojito twist by Steve the Bartender, this variations brings two new elements to the recipe. The base of spiced rum is a nice change from the traditional choice of white rum. And the addition of fresh pineapple provides the perfect sweet contrast.

It's one of my favorite twists on the classic Mojito recipe because it does more than just add an ingredient. A must-try spiced rum drink to make at home.

5. Spiced Rum Punch

Spiced Rum Punch with orange and cinnamon stick

Ingredients (for 4 servings)

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 oz water
  • 2 oz sugar
  • 8oz spiced rum
  • 6oz fresh orange juice
  • 2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 orange, sliced
  • 1/2 lime, sliced
  • ice


  1. Add cinnamon, sugar, and water into a sauce pan and bring all to a boil. Then let the mixture steep for 20 minutes while it's cooling down.
  2. In a large punch bowl, combine this cinnamon syrup with rum, orange juice, fresh lemon juice, and citrus fruit slices.
  3. Serve it on the rocks.

The recipe for this Spiced Rum Punch is perfect for any party or family gathering. All the rich, sweet, and warm flavors are great for Thanksgiving or Halloween.

The combination of cinnamon syrup, spiced rum, and fresh juices makes for a delightful combo. Even if this punch packs quite a punch (pun intended), you won't taste it after the first sip.

6. Spiced Dark 'n Stormy

Spiced Dark 'n Stormy cocktail with lime wedge


  • 2 oz spiced rum
  • 1.5 oz fresh lime juice
  • 6 oz chilled ginger beer
  • lime wedge


  1. Combine lime juice and rum and shake for 12 seconds.
  2. Strain into an ice-filled Highball glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Officially, a true Dark 'n Stormy cocktail has to be made with Goslings Black Seal Rum because the brand has trademarked the drink (the name, not the recipe).

Privately, you can do what you want and happily use spiced rum for our twist on the recipe. -And we think it's even better than the original.

7. Rum Runner

Rum Runner cocktail made with spiced rum


  • 2 oz spiced rum
  • 1 oz Giffard Banane du Brésil
  • 0.5 oz Crème de Mûre
  • 2 oz fresh pineapple juice
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 0.25 oz grenadine


  1. Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake for 12 to 15 seconds.
  2. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.
  3. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and/or Maraschino cherry.

This Spiced Rum Runner replaces a blend of aged rum. Compared to the original recipe, the flavors are equally complex but with a lovely addition of heat and spices. -A perfect cocktail for cold and rough autumn evenings.

8. Spiced Rum Manhattan

Spiced Rum Manhattan cocktail


  • 25ml spiced rum
  • 25ml aged rum
  • 25ml sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes of Aromatic bitters
  • 1 orange peel


  1. Stir all ingredients for 30 to 45 seconds in a mixing glass filled with ice.
  2. Strain into a chilled Coupe glass and garnish with an orange peel.

A blend of spiced rum and a rich and sweet aged rum is the key to this twist on the classic Manhattan cocktail inspired by Dobbernationsloves. The recipe is an excellent example of how to create a riff on the iconic Whiskey cocktail, adding an intriguing zing to it.

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