Effortless Cocktail Making: 2-Ingredient Rum Drinks Guide

2 Ingredient Rum Drinks

When cocktail hour rolls around you have a couple choices.  You can head out to your favorite bar or make a drink at home.  My goal is to make sure you get a good drink whether you come to the Protective Club or make it yourself. So how about some 2 Ingredient Rum Drinks?

That’s why I make it a point to share our drink recipes here on our website.  And today I’m going to share some really easy rum cocktail recipes.

I’m sure you already know this, but just in case I’ll give you a little rum refresher course. There are a few types of rum that you need to know about.  Depending on the cocktail you’re making, you want to make sure you use the best type of rum for that drink.

Types of Rum

Types of Rum

These are the main types of rum you’ll need to know about for the cocktails I talk about in this article:  

White Rum: White rum, also known as light rum or silver rum, is aged in stainless steel barrels.  

Dark Rum:  Dark rum is aged in charred oak barrels for a longer period of time compared to white rum.  Sometimes caramel or brown sugar is added to the barrel to enhance its color and flavor.

Spiced Rum:  A spiced rum is made by mixing various types of aged rum together and adding things like vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice.

Coconut Rum:  Coconut rum is a white rum that is flavored with coconut extract.


Some of the Best 2 Ingredient Rum Drinks

Rum and Coke

Now let’s get on to some really easy to make 2-ingredient rum drinks. 

Rum & Coke

This is such an easy drink to make.  Take 2 ounces of rum, pour it over ice in a highball glass and add some Coca Cola. Serve it with a lime wedge.  It can be made with light rum, dark rum or spiced rum.

Cuba Libre

The Cuba Libre is basically a rum and Coke with the addition of lime juice.  Just follow the recipe above and add a half ounce of fresh lime juice.

Cuba Libre
Cuba Libre

Dark & Stormy

A Dark & Stormy is usually made with Goslings rum which is a dark rum.  Goslings suggests you take 6 ounces of spicy ginger beer and pour it over ice in a tall glass.  Float 2 ounces of rum on top and garnish it with a lime wedge. 

Malibu & Pineapple

Malibu Pineapple

This tropical flavors in this drink taste like vacation.  Take 2 ounces of coconut rum and pour it over a tall ice-filled glass.  Add about 4 ounces of pineapple juice and give it a stir.  Garnish it with a nice pineapple wedge to make it sexy.

Rum & Ginger Ale

This simple cocktail is made just like a rum and Coke, just substitute the Coke for ginger ale.

The Caribeno

Put this on your list of deliciously simple cocktails.  It has white rum,coconut water and simple syrup.  It’s light and refreshing.  Serve it in a chilled glass and enjoy one on a sunny day.

Best Rum Cocktails with More Than 2 Ingredients


The Classic Daiquiri

This classic rum cocktail is really easy to make.  It has three ingredients if you consider the simple syrup.  Take 1 1/2 ounces of light rum, 3/4 ounce of fresh lime juice, 3/4 ounce of simple syrup and shake it with ice in a cocktail shaker.  Strain it into a fancy cocktail glass and you’re all set!

The Papa Doble

This was a drink that Ernest Hemingway made famous.  It has 2 ounces of light or gold rum, 3/4 ounce of lime juice, 1/2 ounce of maraschino liqueur, and a 1/2 ounce of pink grapefruit juice.  Shake it with ice and strain it into a cocktail glass. 

The Mai Tai

The Mai Tai is one of my favorite tropical drinks. It’s a pretty fruity drink, but I love it.  It’s my go-to cocktail when I have Chinese food.My favorite Mai Tai is made by taking 1 1/2 ounces of light rum, 1/2 ounce of Triple Sec, 2 ounces of orange juice, 2 ounces of pineapple juice and 1 ounce of orgeat. Shake all of the ingredients with ice and strain it over more ice in a tall glass.  Float some dark rum on top and garnish with orange slices and a maraschino cherry.



This simple cocktails is easy to make with only a few simple ingredients.  Take 3 mint leaves and muddle them in the bottom of a tall glass with a 1/2 ounce of simple syrup.  Add 2 ounces of white rum and 3/4 ounce of lime juice.  Give it a good shake with ice and strain it into a highball glass over more ice. Top it off with some club soda and garnish it with a mint sprig and a thin slice of a zesty lime.

Pina Colada
Pina Colada

Pina Colada

This classic cocktail is the perfect choice when you’re on vacation.  It’s a tropical cocktail with rum, creme of coconut and pineapple juice.  The classic pina colada is served over ice. The best way to serve it in my opinion is with a dark rum floater on top.  Garnish it with maraschino cherries and a wedge of pineapple.

Rum Punch

​Rum punch recipes are great for a large crowd.  A rum punch is a great mixed drink to make for your next party.  I like making them with dark rum and a mix of fruit juices.  It can be mixed up in a large pitcher and served to a crowd.

There you have it.  A quick list of cocktails that can be made with light rum or dark rum.  

All of the juices and garnishes can be found at your local grocery store.  

If you have any drink ideas you’d like to share with us, email them to me and I’ll try them out.

We’re always looking for different ways to serve up drinks to the members.


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