From pre-mixed cocktails to lesser-known bottles – best rum to buy this summer

When temperatures start to climb, there’s nothing better than relaxing in a park or garden with a drink in hand.

And when it comes to summer drinks, rum is the perfect spirit to get us in the holiday mood.

It’s also great enjoyed in a cocktail – with the likes of Mai Tai, Mojito, Dark N Stormy and Pina Colada just a few classic drinks to feature the spirit.

Even better news is that you can buy these cocktails already pre-mixed – so there’s no need to worry about getting the measurements perfect.

Or, if you’re more of a traditionalist, just enjoy rum with a Coke and a slice of lime – or simply over ice.

We’ve rounded up some of the best rum options on the market this summer – whether it’s pre-made drinks, spiced options or lesser-known bottles.

The best rum to buy this summer:

Kuda

Looking for a new pre-mixed rum-based drink? This secret decades-old Trinidadian recipe delivers a holiday feeling that can be enjoyed all-year round.

Buy it now for £25 from Kuda.

Premium Bottled Rum Punch Cocktail

A blend of premium dark rum, Angostura Bitters, orange juice, pineapple juice, mango puree, lime juice and grenadine – this will transport you to a beach.

Buy it now for £19.99 from Hoxton and Grey at NOTHS.

Tails Cocktails Bacardi Rum Daiquiri Cocktail

This ready-made drink will take the faff out of hosting, simply shake up and serve.

Buy it now for £12 from Waitrose.

The Duppy Share

This one is a unique blend of premium three-year-old rums from the Worthy Park Estate in Jamaica and five-year-old rums from the prestigious Foursquare distillery in Barbados. A match made in heaven.

Buy it now for £26 from Waitrose.

East London Liquor Co. Rarer Rum

Do you have a sweet tooth? This rum has a buttery caramel and vanilla taste, along with other complex flavours from its time kept in ex-bourbon casks.

Buy it now for £23.99 (was £27.99) from House of Malt

Dead Man’s Fingers Cornish Spiced Rum

Spice things up with this dark, rich rum with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.

Buy it now for £20.99 from Virgin Wines.

Equiano

This is the ‘world’s first’ African and Caribbean rum and boasts notes such as maple, vanilla, and roasted peach.

Buy it now for £46.95 from The Whisky Exchange.

Étän

This golden spiced Rum is distilled with a unique collection of five botanicals including fevergrass, orange peel, cassia, ginger, and vanilla.

Buy it now for £41.

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