Gold Rum and Coke Cocktail Drink

Gold Rum and Coke

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Andrea Ottaiano

Searching for a go-to cocktail? The Gold Rum and Coke recipe has simple ingredients, making it a drink you’ll love to make.

Gold Rum and Coke Recipe

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 kl

Ingredients

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

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
170
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.02
g
0
%
Sodium
 
5
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
11
g
4
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Potassium
 
3
mg
0
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Calcium
 
2
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

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

Ingredients
 

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

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • 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.

What is a Gold Rum and Coke?

A Gold Rum and Coke is a cocktail that combines Gold Rum with the Cola. Originating from the simple idea of enhancing rum’s sweet, molasses-like notes with the carbonated bite of Cola, it’s a favorite among many for its no-fuss nature. Many appreciate the drink’s straightforward composition, requiring no special techniques or additional ingredients. Even though it’s a two-component cocktail, its popularity spans decades, and it’s a staple in bars worldwide.

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.

What is in a Gold Rum and Coke – The ingredients

The recipe for a Gold Rum and Coke contains the following ingredients:

  • Gold Rum: The main spirit of the cocktail, gold rum, brings a richer and smoother flavor than white rum, adding depth to the drink.
  • Cola: A carbonated beverage that introduces sweetness and effervescence, complementing the rum’s flavors and adding a refreshing bite.

Gold Rum, Coca Cola and lime laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Gold Rum and Coke?

Whip up your own Gold Rum and Coke with these easy-to-follow steps:

1
<p>Please start by selecting a highball glass and filling it with ice cubes to keep the cocktail chilled.</p>

Please start by selecting a highball glass and filling it with ice cubes to keep the cocktail chilled.

2
<p>Pour your desired amount of gold rum over the ice, ensuring a deep foundation for the drink.</p>

Pour your desired amount of gold rum over the ice, ensuring a deep foundation for the drink.

3
<p>Add Cola, allowing it to mix and mingle with the rum naturally as it’s poured.</p>

Add Cola, allowing it to mix and mingle with the rum naturally as it’s poured.

4
<p>Give the cocktail a gentle stir with a bar spoon to integrate the gold rum and Cola, achieving a consistent flavor.</p>

Give the cocktail a gentle stir with a bar spoon to integrate the gold rum and Cola, achieving a consistent flavor.

5
<p>Optionally, garnish with a lime or lemon wedge to introduce a subtle citrus note, enhancing the overall taste.</p>

Optionally, garnish with a lime or lemon wedge to introduce a subtle citrus note, enhancing the overall taste.

6
<p>Enjoy your Gold Rum and Coke drink!</p>

Enjoy your Gold Rum and Coke drink!

Pre-mixed Gold Rum and Coke

Pre-mixed Gold Rum and Coke have become popular choices for those who want a great-tasting cocktail without the fuss of mixing. Many brands have stepped up, offering bottled or canned versions, ensuring consistent flavor and balance every time. “Bacardi & Cola” is a classic in this category, known for its smoothness and perfect blend of flavors. “Captain Morgan’s Rum & Cola” is another solid option, with a hint of spice that complements the sweet Cola. However, if you ask for a top pick, “Kraken Black Spiced Rum & Cola” stands out. Its rich and spicy profile brings a unique depth, making it a favorite for those who’ve tried a few and know what they’re after.

Best Gold Rum for a Gold Rum and Coke

There’s a wide selection, but let’s zoom into the real game-changers. “Bacardi Gold” stands tall with its rich caramel and vanilla notes, making it a trusty choice for many. “Mount Gay Eclipse” offers a wonderful balance of banana, almond, and vanilla flavors, which gives the drink a memorable twist. “Appleton Estate Signature Blend” delivers a warm, honeyed fruitiness that pairs wonderfully with Cola. But if I had to nudge you towards a standout pick? Go for “El Dorado 5-Year-Old.” Its hints of dried fruits and oaky finish add sophistication to your drink that’s hard to top.

A Gold Rum and Coke cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a stone coaster placed on a wooden table with a plate with four limes, and a green cloth around around.

Variations

Hunting for unique adaptations? Here are some that we take particular pleasure in:

  • Cuba Libre: This classic infuses light rum with cola and lime, offering a refreshing and citrusy twist. I really appreciate how the lime elevates the overall flavor, making it crisp and vibrant.
  • Cubata: Here, dark-aged rum replaces the usual lighter varieties, mixed with cola and lime slices. This combination brings a deeper, richer rum character. I’m drawn to the robust and mature taste this brings, which contrasts nicely with the cola’s sweetness.
  • Dark ‘N’ Stormy: This melds dark rum with ginger beer, creating a spicy and invigorating experience. The ginger beer adds a zesty punch that’s both warming and exhilarating.
  • Rum Swizzle: A blend of rum, citrus juices, and sweeteners, this offers a tropical and fruity escape. The mixture of citrus and sweetness perfectly complements the rum, making it a vibrant and enjoyable choice.

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.

History and Origins

The history of the Gold Rum and Coke has deep roots that intertwine with political and cultural events. The combination of Rum and Cola traces its origins back to the late 19th and early 20th century in Cuba. During the Spanish-American War in 1898, American soldiers stationed in Cuba were introduced to local Cuban rum. As the story goes, they began mixing this rum with their imported Coca-Cola, a refreshing drink gaining popularity.

Adding a twist of lime and naming it “Cuba Libre” (Free Cuba), the concoction became symbolic, representing the end of Spanish colonial rule over the island and the hopeful beginning of a new era of freedom for Cuba. The name was a shout of support and optimism for the newly independent nation.

Gold rum, as opposed to white or dark rum, has its tale within the broader history of rum. Rums are aged in barrels, and the longer the rum sits, the deeper its flavor and color become. Gold rums are typically aged for a medium duration, granting them a smoother and more nuanced taste than white rums but without the intense flavors of the longer-aged dark rums. Gold rum imparts a richer dimension to the drink when used in a Cuba Libre, making it a favorite choice for many who enjoy this classic combination.

A Gold Rum and Coke cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a white marmol table with a Coca-Cola bottle, a Gold Rum bottle and two limes around.

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FAQ

How many calories are typically in a Gold Rum and Coke?
Typically, a standard serving has around 150-200 calories, but this can vary based on the specific rum and cola brands used.
How strong is a Gold Rum and Coke?
Depending on the rum's proof and ratio, the cocktail's ABV can range from 10-20%. For instance, if you're using an 80-proof rum (40% ABV), and the mix is 1:2 (rum to Cola), the drink's overall ABV might be around 13%.
What type of alcohol is used in a Gold Rum and Coke?
As the name suggests, gold rum is the primary alcoholic ingredient in this drink.
In which type of glass is a Gold Rum and Coke usually served?
It's traditionally served in a highball glass.
What does a Gold Rum and Coke taste like?
It offers a harmonious blend of the rich, smooth flavors of gold rum with Cola's sweet, effervescent notes.
What is the typical ratio of rum to Cola in a Gold Rum and Coke?
A common ratio is 1:2 or 1:3, meaning one part gold rum to two or three parts cola, but personal preferences can adjust this.
How is the Gold Rum and Coke usually served in terms of preparation?
It's generally served over ice, ensuring the drink remains chilled while sipping.

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