Top Rated Rums for Creating the Perfect Summer Drinks

Rum is quickly gaining well-deserved recognition, thanks to the discovery of rums with more layers than any other spirit and the amazing balance of fruits, sweetness, and warm spice. Although these rums are enjoyed on their own, you still can’t beat rum as a mixer, especially for summer cocktails. It’s certainly the tropical smells and flavors that make rum a must-have for your summer liquor collection. We’ve made a list of a few of the top-rated rums for creating the perfect summer drinks so you can stock up and enjoy the lazy days of summer.

Captain Morgan Private Stock

If you appreciate tradition, you’ll appreciate Captain Morgan. The name “Captain Morgan” coincides with rum like no other. The private stock is a more sophisticated version of the original Captain Morgan, and the smoothness is nothing short of velvet on the tongue. Sweet and spicy, the way a rum should be, try some Captain Morgan Private Stock in your favorite summer cocktail.

Kirk and Sweeney 23 Year

The bottle of Kirk and Sweeney, with its voluptuous rounded shape, is enough to intrigue anyone on the search for fine rum. The next thing you’ll notice is its beautiful color. A dark amber with copper tones, Kirk and Sweeney 23 Year rum adds a touch of class and rareness to your liquor collection.

Cihuatan Nahual Legacy

Talk about bottles…this one is one of the most beautiful out there. With beautiful shades of turquoise, copper, and golds, the artwork represents the rum’s Mayan heritage. Cihuatan Nahual Legacy awakens the senses as your nose is greeted with hints of coconut, vanilla, and caramel, which are also tasted on the tongue.


As traditional as Captain Morgan, Malibu is a necessity for your summer liquor collection. Malibu rum is all about coconut which is why it transports us to a tropical island when mixed into our drinks. Summer gatherings aren’t the same without it.

Koloa Kaua’i Coffee Rum

Yes, as you can imagine, Koloa Kaua’i coffee rum takes your iced coffee drinks to a new level in the summer. This Hawaiian rum, infused with coffee, is a coffee lover’s dream and a rum lover’s must-have for a collection. Don’t let the word coffee fool you. Koloa Kaua’i coffee rum is not a morning drink—even if you’re a pirate.

Popular Rum Summer Cocktails

So, what cocktails can you make with these fabulous rums? We have some ideas and would love to share them.

  • White Russian
  • Daiquiris
  • Piña colada
  • Rum punch
  • Mojitos
  • Mai tai
  • Hurricane
  • Dark and stormy

Experimenting to find the perfect new summer rum cocktail is also highly encouraged.

We hope our list of the top-rated rums for creating the perfect summer drinks has inspired you to improve your liquor collection and get mixing. At VS Liquor, we offer hard to find rum, along with all of your rare liquor needs. Shop our online store or contact us and we’ll help you find the unique spirit you’re looking for. Until then, cheers to endless summer nights and cocktails under the stars!