If you’ve ever wondered what is the difference between dark and light rum, besides the obvious color variations, we have the answers for you. There’s no need to wonder any longer because here’s a little insider rum information.

Dark Rum

Dark rum is generally aged longer than its lighter counterpart. If it’s golden, it might be moderately aged. However, these scenarios aren’t always the case. Sometimes brown sugar, caramel, or even molasses is added for color, which is actually changing the depth of the rum flavor, as well as its visual appearance.

Light Rum

Light rum is sometimes called silver or white rum. It is generally less aged, smoother in its intensity, and at the very least does not contain dark syrups to alter its appearance and flavor. It is, by nature, slightly sweet and tends to mix beautifully in fruity drinks.

Serving it Up

Although drinking rum neat is a great choice for many, there are some deliciously mixed cocktail alternatives for those who prefer a little adventure.

Here are some classic drinks made with dark rum you can DIY:

Perfect Storm

Named appropriately, this cocktail really is a perfect storm of ingredients, consisting of dark rum, fresh lime, bitters, and ginger beer.

Island Handshake

Nice to meet you. This is a unique drink made with dark rum, platano (plantain) purée, spiced syrup, Blue Curaçao, pineapple chunks, and just a splash of lemon juice. Voila!


This one’s sure to do the trick: Painkiller is a unique blend of dark rum, coconut cream, and orange juice. It’s traditionally garnished with a sprinkle of nutmeg.  


A splendid blend of dark rum, orange juice, and peach nectar. This cocktail is as delicious as it is fruity.


Yep, this drink says both “hello” and “goodbye”. This tasty beverage is made with dark rum, cognac, dry vermouth, gin, lime juice and a splash of soda.

Around the World

For travelers and locals alike, this cocktail is a delicious combination of dark rum, cognac, sweet and sour, and Creme de Noyaux.  

If you are keen on drinks containing white rum, here are 6 classic drink recipes made with white rum you must try!

Pineapple Mojito

This one’s a great, fruity blend of light rum, fresh mint, lime, soda and, of course, pineapple juice. Fruit lovers are going to fall in love with this one, for sure!Pineapple Mojito

Rum Punch

Here’s a refreshing adult punch created with light rum, grenadine, and fresh lime, incorporating a generous pour of both orange and pineapple juices. It quick and easy to make, and the flavor is unforgettable!

Cajun Lemonade

This is a slightly spicy blend of light rum, simple syrup, lemon juice, 7-Up, and, yes, you guessed it, Tabasco. This spicy taste will blow your mind!

Pina Colada

This amazing beverage is always a great idea. Make your own Pina Coladas in no time, by following a classic recipe. To make this refreshing drink you’ll need to mix light rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice, and garnish it with a pineapple wedge. This one’s sure to bring on the hula skirts.

Between the Sheets

Besides its great name, Between the Sheets is a delicious cocktail. Made of light rum, cognac, triple sec and lemon juice, it’s traditionally served with a fresh lemon twist. And the taste is simply delightful!

Long Island Iced-Tea

Hold on tight because this drink’s definitely not your grandmother’s Sunday afternoon porch-sipping tea. This one is a powerful mix of light rum, vodka, gin, tequila, triple sec, lemon juice and cola. A delicious, and definitely powerful cocktail that you are going to adore!

So, whichever your preference: mixed, neat, light or dark, you don’t have to be a pirate to appreciate amazing rum. And why not enjoy that rum while taking in a spectacular view of New York City from the rooftop lounge at High Bar? Located at the top of the Doubletree at 346 West 40th, High Bar is the perfect date night destination where you can enjoy some of these amazing cocktails.

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