The 5 Best Options For A Coffee Drink With Rum

Do you like rum in your coffee? If so, you’ll appreciate this rundown of five ways to experience a coffee drink with rum. 

shots of coffee drink with rum in a table
Any alcohol can blend well with coffee

I’ve always enjoyed a good cup of coffee, but you know what goes well with it? Rum. Really, any alcohol can blend well with coffee (except tequila), but I have a special place in my heart for rum. 

If you’re like me, then you’ll enjoy this rundown (rum-down?) of the best coffee drinks with rum inside. Let’s take a journey through these coffee cocktails together. 

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1. Hot Buttered Rum Coffee

As far as cocktail recipes go, hot buttered rum is pretty simple (and historic). However, I’ve had it before, and it’s not quite as tasty as you might imagine.

Adding coffee to the mix, though, does add an extra flavor dimension. Plus, you can add a garnish of whipped cream for an even more decadent treat

Ingredients: 1 cup Unsalted butter, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 tbsp cinnamon, 1 1/2 tsp cardamom, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1 1/2 oz dark rum, 6 oz warm coffee.

2. Long Island Iced Coffee

two cups of long island ice coffee on the beach
Long Island Iced Coffee

When I’m imbibing, I like two drinks above all: a long island iced tea and a rum and coke. Since a rum and coke is too simple, I’ve decided to turn my second favorite cocktail into a coffee drink. 

You will need to be careful with this beverage, as the variety of alcohol can sneak up on you. I only recommend one of these to ensure that you’re not going to get too tipsy. You can also reduce the amount of each spirit as necessary. 

Ingredients: 1/2 oz each Bailey’s Irish Cream, Kahlua coffee liqueur, rum, vodka, tequila. 2 oz of cold brew coffee.

3. Nutty African

If you like to get a little more exotic with your coffee drinks, this beverage will tickle your fancy. The reason it’s called a Nutty African is that it uses Amarula Cream, which hails from South Africa. That said, you can swap out for Baileys or some other cream liqueur if you can’t find Amarula. 

The original recipe calls for Frangelico, which works well, but I prefer a deep, dark rum. White rum won’t work well in this coffee cocktail, but something rich and flavorful is perfect. 

Ingredients: 3/4 oz Amarula cream, 3/4 oz dark rum, 4 oz brewed coffee, whipped cream and chopped nuts (as a garnish). 

4. Drunken Pumpkin Spice Latte

a glass of Pumpkins spice latte
Drunken Pumpkin Spice Latte

These days, pumpkin spice is in everything, from coffee to donuts to other sweet treats. So, why not add it to a coffee cocktail?

While this beverage works well as a latte, you can turn it into an espresso or cappuccino as necessary. Plus, you can drink it hot or cold, depending on your preference. 

Ingredients: 3/4 cup coffee, 1 tbsp sugar, 2 tbsp milk, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 oz vodka, 2 oz rum, whipped cream. 

5. Warm Winter Espresso

Although this coffee recipe has winter in the name, feel free to drink it any time of year. This is one of the best hot coffee with rum options available, and it will both relax your body and keep you awake. It’s the best of both worlds without feeling too disjointed or unpleasant. 

Ingredients: 1 cup espresso, 1 cup coconut milk or heavy cream, 3/4 cup dark rum, 2 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 cinnamon stick for a garnish. 

Final Thoughts on a Coffee Drink With Rum

Because coffee is such a staple of my morning routine, I like to mix things up on the weekends. I also like to utilize these recipes for special occasions, such as holidays, anniversaries, or birthdays. Whipping up a batch of coffee cocktails is sure to make your next event a hit. 

FAQs About a Coffee Drink With Rum

Is hot coffee or cold coffee better for a cocktail? 

Overall, I prefer cold brew coffee for these cocktails, but hot coffee works best for some recipes. For example, the warm winter espresso is not very tasty when it’s cold. 

Do the type of coffee beans I use matter? 

Yes, I prefer dark roasts because they’re less bitter and blend well with spiced or dark rum. If you use a light roast coffee, the beverage may be less smooth. 

Can I use hot chocolate instead of coffee? 

Yes, these recipes can work well with hot cocoa instead of coffee beans. Even if you’re a coffee connoisseur, mixing hot chocolate with rum is always a treat. Plus, you don’t have to worry about too much caffeine.


  • Jonathan

    Jonathan is an avid coffee drinker, although he's known to knock back a few energy drinks too. He's been a writer for over seven years, which is why caffeine runs through his veins. Find Jonathan on WriterAccess.