Don’t get me wrong, I love a mimosa. But, sometimes you need to mix things up a bit, literally! I love hosting brunches with friends and I like to surprise my guests with something new. These rum and orange juice cocktails are just the drinks you need to spice things up a bit. And there’s a little something for everyone. Whether you are making drinks for two or a whole host of guests, these recipes should have you covered for a great time. Also, you can make them and take them with you for tailgating or a picnic. Just don’t forget to bring the cups!
1. Orange Juice and Rum Punch
Who says punches are limited to certain types of events or times of day? I say if you’re having a group of people to brunch, make a punch! (Rhyme was entirely accidental, I swear.) This punch is particularly good because it works in not only rum and orange juice but also fresh fruit juice, an incredible Haitian Clairin, and bitters. I’ve included quantities for a single serving and a batch of the punch. If you are making a batch, I highly recommend using simple glass carafes like these. They are easy to keep chilled until you serve and a breeze to clean. I also love serving this punch with these reusable metal straws.
Orange Juice and Rum Punch
- 1 (5) oz dark rum
- 1 (5) oz Clairin Vaval Haitian Rum
- 1 (5) oz fresh squeezed orange juice
- 0.5 (2.5) oz fresh squeezed lime juice
- 0.5 (2.5) oz simple syrup
- 2 (10) oz pineapple juice
- 2 (10) dashes Pechaud's bitters
- Add all ingredients except bitters to a shaker or a carafe.
- If using a shaker, add ice and shake for 20-30 seconds. Strain into a glass of pebble ice and top with bitters.
- If using a carafe, add six regular ice cubes for proper dilution and leave in to melt. Pour over crushed or pebble ice in glasses and top with bitters. Makes 6-8 servings.
2. Rum Mimosa
This fun and simple take on a mimosa has just enough tropical flavor to wow the tastebuds. The addition of a bar spoon of nutty flavor from the orgeat is your secret weapon. I have been a bit obsessed with this pecan delight for awhile, you can add it to so many drinks. For more info about the company and a discount, check out my annual gift guide. I used Plantation Original Dark Rum for this recipe.
- 1.5 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1 oz dark rum
- 4 oz prosecco
- 1 bar spoon El Guapo Pecan orgeat (or plain orgeat)
- Add ingredients one by one to a chilled champagne flute.
- Stir gently and add one ice cube if your ingredients weren't chilled before adding.
- [Optional] Garnish with a dried orange wheel.
3. Orange Daiquiri
We’ll end on a simple orange juice and rum cocktail, a daiquiri. While most classic daiquiris are lime juice based, a Hemingway Daiquiri also features grapefruit juice. I say, why not give every kind of citrus it’s turn? For this recipe, I used store-bought orange juice (sometimes we get busy!) but keep in mind that it usually has more sugar than fresh squeezed juice. I also used an inexpensive bottle of white rum. This cocktail would be perfect for an outdoor brunch as you don’t need anything fancy.
- 2 oz orange juice
- 1 oz light rum
- 0.25 oz simple syrup (1:1, water:sugar)
- Add ingredients to a shaker with ice.
- Shake 15-20 seconds until shaker is cold.
- Strain into a chilled coupe glass and serve.
There are many other great ways to use rum and orange juice in cocktails. What are your favorite cocktails with these two ingredients? Let me know in the comments. Cheers!