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12 Gold Rum Cocktails—Find Your Simple Golden Rum Drink Recipe

Gold rum cocktails are a tasty choice that many people love. Whether having it in a simple drink or trying something new, these cocktails improve any party.

Gold rum cocktails are a hit when it comes to classic drinks. Names like the gold rum mojito and gold rum old fashioned stand out as some of the best. These rum cocktails are classic favorites and super easy to make at home. With simple steps and ingredients, you can create these best drinks quickly. And if you’re thinking of a top-notch brand, Bacardi is our go-to choice. So, if you’re in the mood for some easy and classic rum cocktails, you’re in for a treat!

Best Gold Rum Cocktails (12)

At DrinksWorld, we’ve tested dozens of recipes and curated a list of drinks with gold rum that stand out:

Gold Rum and Coke

A side shot of a Gold Rum and Coke cocktail in a highball glass on a stone coaster placed on a wooden table with a plate with four limes, a green cloth and a plant around, in front of a red wall.

A simple and classic cocktail, the Gold Rum and Coke is a favorite for many due to its easy-to-make nature and refreshing taste. The golden hue of the rum combined with the fizzy cola creates a delightful drink. Fun fact: This cocktail is often called a “Cuba Libre” when a splash of lime is added.

Daiquiri No.4

The Daiquiri No.4 is a variation of the classic Daiquiri known for its sweet and sour balance. This version introduces gold rum for a richer flavor profile. The Daiquiri has a storied history, being a favorite of Ernest Hemingway.

Fort Lauderdale

A side shot of a Fort Lauderdale cocktail in a rocks glass on a red cloth placed on a white table with half orange and half lime around.

The Fort Lauderdale cocktail is a tropical delight reminiscent of sunny beaches and palm trees. It blends gold rum with fruity flavors, making it a hit at summer parties.

Cuban Cocktail No.2

A side shot of a Cuban No. 2 in a coupe glass on a coaster placed on a table surrounded by a green cloth, and two lemons.

A nod to the vibrant Cuban cocktail culture, the Cuban Cocktail No.2 is a refreshing blend with a hint of citrus. It’s a drink that transports you to the lively streets of Havana.

El Presidente

A side shot of an El Presidente cocktail in a coupe glass on a white cloth placed on a brown table with a plate with three oranges, and another white cloth around, in front of a reddish wall.

Named after a Cuban president, the El Presidente is a classic cocktail combining vermouth and grenadine sweetness. It’s a sophisticated drink with a touch of history.

Espresso Daiquiri

A side shot of a Espresso Daiquiri cocktail in a martini glass on a white cloth placed on a brown placemat on a white table surrounded by a jigger, a bar spoon, some coffee beans, a brewed espresso, and a plate with spices, in front of a light grey wall.

A delightful twist on the classic Espresso Martini, the Espresso Daiquiri combines the kick of coffee with the smoothness of the main spirit. It’s the perfect drink for those who love both coffee and cocktails.

Derby Daiquiri

A side shot of a Derby Daiquiri in a coupe glass on a wooden table mate in front of lime pieces and plant leaves.

Another variation of the classic Daiquiri, the Derby Daiquiri, might have connections to the famous horse race. It’s a refreshing cocktail perfect for a day at the races.

Frozen Daiquiri

A side shot of a Frozen Daiquiri cocktail in cocktail glass on a green cloth placed on a white table surrounded by sugar cubes, a jigger, a shaker, and a lime, in front of plant leaves and a turquoise wall.

The Frozen Daiquiri is a slushy version of the classic Daiquiri. It’s a favorite on hot days and offers a cool, refreshing taste with the same beloved rum-lime combination.

Bermuda Rum Swizzle

A side shot of a Rum Swizzle cocktail in a Collins glass on a coaster placed on a surface with brown tiles surrounded by a bar spoon, a straw, a jigger, a red book, two limes, and two oranges, in front of a light green wall.

Hailing from the sunny shores of Bermuda, the Rum Swizzle is often dubbed Bermuda’s national drink. It’s a fruity and frothy concoction that’s perfect for beachside sipping.

Dirty Banana

A side shot of a Dirty Banana cocktail on a coaster placed on a white table surrounded by chocolate squares, a straw, and two bananas, in front of a light green wall.

The Dirty Banana is a creamy, dessert-like cocktail that combines the richness of banana with the depth of rum. It’s like a tropical milkshake for adults and is especially popular in Caribbean resorts.

Caribbean Old Fashioned

A tropical twist on the classic Old Fashioned, Caribbean Old Fashioned incorporates rum for a sweeter, more island-inspired flavor profile. It’s a testament to how classic cocktails can be reinvented with regional ingredients.

Rum Negroni

The Rum Negroni is a variation of the classic Negroni, substituting gin with rum. The result is a sweet and bitter cocktail, with the richness of rum adding a unique depth.

Top gold rum brands to use in cocktails (Bacardi is our favorite)

We asked our DrinksWorld experts and bartenders to share the best rums to mix. Here are their recommendations:

Bacardi Gold

Everyone knows the Bacardi brand. Their product is made unique by filtering it with charcoal. This process gives it a buttery aroma with a touch of nuttiness. It’s rich with a wood-like taste and ends on a sweet note.

Don Q Gold Rum

Don Q  is popular because of its rich taste. It’s made by blending different rums, some of which have been aged for up to five years. This gives it a smooth feel with a hint of vanilla flavor.

Gosling’s Gold

Gosling’s might be famous for dark rums, but their gold version is also worth trying. It has a sweet scent, like candy and flowers. When you sip it, it starts sweet and then introduces a spicy kick.

J. Wray Gold

Wray’s bright and medium-heavy feel stands out. It’s a blend of both light and heavy types. The taste is long-lasting with a spicy aftertaste.

Atlantico Reserva

Atlantico Reserva is unique because it’s made from cane juice and molasses. The taste is a mix of spicy, woody, and tropical flavors. It finishes off with a warm and smooth feel.

When to serve?

  • Summer Parties
  • Dinner Parties
  • Beach Days
  • Celebrations
  • Holidays
  • Relaxing Evenings
  • Tiki-Themed Events
  • Barbecues

Other types

  • White rum is clear and a bit sweet. It’s good for making drinks.
  • Spiced rum has extra flavors like vanilla. It tastes warm and nice.
  • Aged rum is kept in wood for a while. It tastes deep, like sweet wood.
  • Flavored rum tastes like fruits. It’s sweet and fun to drink.

More Rum Cocktails

A whole world of other rum drinks is waiting to be explored. Learn more about these on our other DrinksWorld pages:


  1. What is gold rum? Gold rum is a type of rum that has been aged in wooden barrels, giving it a golden color and a richer flavor compared to white rum.
  2. Is gold rum sweet? It has a mild sweetness, but its sweetness can vary by brand and aging process.
  3. What mixers go well with gold rum? Common mixers include cola, ginger beer, pineapple, and lime juice.
  4. Can I replace white rum with gold rum in a cocktail recipe? Yes, but it will change the flavor profile, making the cocktail richer and more robust.
  5. Is gold rum the same as dark rum? No, dark rum is aged longer and has a deeper color and flavor.
  6. Can gold rum cocktails be made in advance? Some can, but adding perishable ingredients like fresh juice before serving is best.
  7. Are gold rum cocktails sweet or bitter? They can be either, depending on the ingredients used.
  8. What fruits pair well with gold rum cocktails? Pineapple, lime, orange, and coconut are popular choices.
  9. Is gold rum gluten-free? Most rums, including gold rum, are gluten-free, but checking the label is always good.
  10. Can I drink gold rum cocktails on the rocks? Definitely! Many gold rum cocktails taste great over ice.
  11. What glassware is best for gold rum cocktails? It varies by cocktail, but tumblers, highball glasses, and cocktail glasses are common choices.

Gold Rum and Coke Drink Recipe (and 13 more)

Check out this basic Gold Rum and Coke recipe! Just mix gold rum with cola, and you’re set.

Gold Rum and Coke Cocktail Drink

Gold Rum and Coke Recipe

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Elevate your evening with this Gold Rum and Coke recipe! Combining luscious gold rum with crisp Cola, it's the perfect pour for any occasion.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 170


  • 2 oz Gold Rum
  • 4 oz Cola
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedge - for garnish, optional


  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon


  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Gold Rum: Pour 2 oz Gold Rum over the ice.
  • Add Cola: Measure and pour 4 oz Cola into the glass.
  • Stir Gently: Gently stir the ingredients with a bar spoon.
  • Garnish: Squeeze a lime wedge over the drink and drop it into the glass for garnish.



  • Gold Rum: I've occasionally used white rum when I ran out of gold rum. It provides a lighter flavor, while dark rum can make the drink more robust and flavorful.
  • Cola: If you're not a fan of regular Cola, you can opt for diet cola or cherry-flavored Cola. Another option is using ginger ale for a different twist.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, you'll need 16 oz of gold rum and 32 oz of Cola.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the gold rum and Cola. Stir them together.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled Highball glasses, garnish with a lime wedge, and serve the fun!

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gold Rum Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic rum or a mix of pineapple juice and coconut water to mimic the tropical rum notes.
  • Proceed As Usual: Replace gold rum with the non-alcoholic substitute and follow the original steps to enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

Most Gold Rums and Colas are already vegan. However, always read the labels or check with the manufacturer if unsure. Some rums might be processed using animal-derived products, and some colas might use colorings derived from animal sources. Choose certified vegan brands that clearly state no animal-derived ingredients or processes were used.


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