5 Summer Rum Cocktails To Make That Last Bottle Count

Still Got A Stocked Liquor Cabinet? Here Are 5 Summer Rum Cocktails To Make That Last Bottle Count

With us nearly at the 40-day mark of India’s Coronavirus lockdown, it’s likely that several of us have made our way clean through our liquor supplies, with little more than a bunch of empty bottles to show for it. 

However, if you were responsible enough to ration or resorted to more dubious means of keeping your booze bank topped off, Bangalorean master-bartender Hemant Mundkur has a trick or three up his sleeve – teaming up with Bacardi to present a way to make those last few drinks count.

Here are five of his top recommendations for a boozy weekend break from the quarantine blues:

1. Indian Summer

Fruity, spicy and possibly the best way to use a mango if you’re lucky enough to have gotten a few during the lockdown – this one’s a real treat.


50 ml White Rum

1 ripe mango

Pinch of salt

Pinch of red chilli powder

10-15 ml Sugar Syrup

15 ml Lime juice

Glassware: Highball glass.

Garnish: Slice of mango, skin on.

Method: Add all ingredients to a blender with ice and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish.

(Sugar Syrup Recipe: 1 cup of warm water, 1 cup sugar. Mix till sugar dissolves.)

2. Pomegranate Mojito

Sunday afternoon and a pitcher of this to share – sounds like heaven.


50 ml white rum

15 ml lime juice

10 ml sugar syrup

2 tablespoons pomegranate

8 mint leaves


Glassware: Mason jar.

Garnish: Mint sprig. 

Method: Add pomegranate in the glass and gently muddle. Place mint in a glass and gently tap with a muddler. Add rum, lime juice, sugar syrup – fill the glass with crushed ice and a splash of soda. Mix well, garnish and serve.

3. Pina Colada

Sure the beach is off-limits – but that’s no reason to lay back, relax and enjoy one of these Puerto Rican classics at home. 



50 ml white rum

25 ml coconut milk

75 ml pineapple juice

10 ml sugar syrup 

Glassware: Hurricane/Tall Glass. 

Garnish: Candied ginger. 

Method: Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake with lots of ice. Strain over cracked ice in your glass and garnish.

4. Rum & Vanilla Coke

An all-time favourite mix of Rum & Cola, with an extra vanilla twist. Super easy and super delicious. 


50 ml white rum

3 drops vanilla essence

Cola to top up

1 lime wedge 

Glassware: Highball

Garnish: Lime wedge

Method: Fill glass with ice, squeeze a lime wedge, add vanilla essence and remaining ingredients. Stir, garnish & serve.

5. Daiquiri

© Bacardi

For all you minimalists out there – this drink defines balance in a cocktail with 3 simple ingredients. Born in Cuba, enjoyed the world over. 


50 ml white rum

1.5 tsp powdered sugar

20 ml fresh lime juice 

Glassware: Coupe/Martini. 

Garnish: Lime wedge. 

Method: Add rum, sugar & lime juice in a shaker, and using a spoon, stir until sugar dissolves. Add ice and shake. Strain into a chilled martini/coupe glass.

If you’re looking for some great livestreams to tune into this weekend along with your drinks, Bacardi’s got you covered again with a fantastic lineup this Sunday – with some local favourites to tune into as we cross over into May. 

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