It’s a Rum Thing

Unwind with the rain drizzling in the background. With World Rum Day, amazing cocktails to jazz up your lazy rainy evenings.

To celebrate World Rum Day, it’s time to enjoy one of the world’s oldest spirits, that was first distilled in the Caribbean, and was a favourite of the first US President George Washington, who, we are told, loved to experiment with rum cocktails. Today, we’re doing the same thing, and bringing you exciting cocktails with rum, that you can pour at home, perfect for an evening spent indoors, while it’s pouring outside.

El Presidente with Havana Club 7


“El Presidente” was created by Eddie Woelkhe, a bartender at Sevilla Hotel in Havana, Cuba. He named the drink in honour of General Mario García Menocal . In 1924, he added curaçao to the concoction and dedicated the “Presidente Machado” to the new president Gerardo Machado who ruled Cuba throughout most of the Prohibition years.


40 ml Havana Club 7

20 ml Sweet Vermouth

10 ml Triple Sec

5 ml Grenadine Syrup


Throw (Cuban roll) all ingredients, and fine strain in a coupe.

Garnish: Orange Twist

Cancha with Havana Club 7


Havana cancha is derived from the Canchánchara originating from Trinidad and created in the 19th century by the Mambises. Enjoy this longer refreshing twist on the taste of Cuban history!


50 ml Havana Club 7

20 ml Honey Water

20 ml Fresh Lime Juice

50 ml Sparkling Water


Build, add ice cube, and stir lightly.

Garnish: Lime Wedge

Monsoon Bloody Mary with Jimmy's Cocktails



60 ml rum (of your choice) 

90 ml Jimmy’s Bloody Mary mix

1 pinch freshly chopped coriander leaves

1 pinch Chaat Masala  

1 pinch Black Salt 

1 Freshly cut cucumber slice


In a shaker glass filled with ice, pour the above ingredients and shake well. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice.

Garnish: Freshly cut cucumber slice and fresh mint sprigs

Margarita with a Twist with Jimmy's Cocktails



60 ml rum (of your choice)

90ml Jimmy’s Margarita Mix 

1 Fresh green chilli 

1 Orange wedge


Pour all ingredients into a shaker glass with ice and shake well. Strain into a stem glass filled with ice.

Garnish: Orange slice

Margarita with a Twist with Jimmy's Cocktails



60 ml Gladius Limoni Citrus White Rum

75 ml Pineapple Juice

75 ml Cranberry Juice

3-4 Raspberries

6 Ice Cubes


Fill a Margarita glass to the top with ice cubes. Pour 75 ml of pineapple juice and 60 ml of white rum into the glass. Top up with 75 ml of the cranberry juice and stir gently.


3-4 Raspberries

Planter's Punch by Sly Granny


This recipe is by Bhanu Thakur, Brand Manager, Sly Granny.


60 ml Spiced Rum

15 ml Lime Juice

15 ml Blueberry Syrup

15 ml Assam tea


Put all ingredients in a shaker, shake well, strain over crushed ice in a wine glass.


orange peel and fresh mint leaves

Dark & Stormy by Cafe Tesu


This cocktail recipe is by Pushkar Singh Bisht, Head Bartender, Café Tesu.


60 ml Black Rum

15 ml Lime Juice

150 ml Ginger Beer

Lime wheel for garnish


Add rum and lime juice to a tall glass filled with ice. Top with your choice of ginger beer.


Lime wheel

Rum Punch by Tamasha


This cocktail recipe is by Jaideep Singh Anand, Founder, Tamasha.


60 ml Clove-Infused Dark Rum

60 ml Orange Juice

60 ml Pineapple Juice

15 ml Lemon juice

5 ml Mint syrup

Ice cubes

Orange slice and crushed black pepper to garnish


Take a highball glass filled with ice. Add 15 ml lemon juice, 5 ml mint syrup, 60 ml orange juice, 60 ml pineapple juice, and then layer with 60 ml of clove-infused dark rum.


Orange slice and crushed black pepper

About Havana Club 7

The newest launch from Pernod Ricard India, Havana Club 7 is a super-premium rum that is literally ‘Cuba in a Bottle’. Havana Club 7 is a dark rum matured in ex Bourbon barrels, that bring out the rich natural flavours of Cuba. It’s a global brand which sells 4.5 million cases annually and wants to breach the 6 million case mark by 2028. It is a much-loved brand with 54 awards received in 2021 and 37 awards in the first half of 2022 itself.


The tasting notes of the Havana Club 7 are a tasteful amalgamation of Cuban flavours such as aromatic tobacco, sweet tropical fruits, spices, and vanilla notes. Price (on average): INR 4,200.

About Jimmy’s Cocktails

Crafted by some of India’s top mixologists (such as Yangdup Lama), these mixers don’t use any artificial sweeteners and put a premium on high quality ingredients, which also gives them their unique taste. They can be enjoyed with or without alcohol. Price: INR 99.


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