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5 Modern Rum Drinks

An Atlantis, Paradise Island pro shares his secrets from the lost city.
5 Modern Rum Drinks
Christopher Testani

Rum has been the de facto drink of summer for more than 500 years. Nobody knows that better than Sean Cartwright, senior director of beverages at Atlantis, Paradise Island. Bartenders at the resort serve more than 21,000 rum cocktails each week—that’s over 1.1 million rum drinks (and 68,000 bottles of rum) guzzled annually. In other words, if Cartwright and his team don’t know how to make rum taste good, nobody does. We asked the king of piña coladas for his three essential rules for making a drink that truly shines, plus a few of his favorite recipes.

To prepare each of the following drinks on the rocks,combine ingredients in a shaker, shake well, then pour in a glass over ice. Garnish as needed. Check out more tips on how to make delicious, low-cal rum drinks

1 1/4 oz gold rum
1/4 oz banana rum
1/4 oz Nassau Royale (a sweet rum-based liqueur—swap in orange curaçao if you don’t have it)
3 oz pineapple juice
Splash of grenadine

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1 1/2oz pineapple rum
1 oz peach schnapps
1 oz orange juice
1/2oz lemon juice
1 oz rosemary syrup*

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1/2oz Nassau Royale
1/2oz coconut rum
1/2oz blue curaçao
1/2oz lime juice
4 oz pineapple juice

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1 1/2 oz coconut rum
1 oz Amaretto
1/2 oz peach schnapps
3 oz cranberry juice
1 1/2 oz pineapple juice

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1 oz tequila
1 oz 151 rum
1/2 oz apricot brandy
6 oz fruit juice or punch

* To make rosemary-infused syrup, combine equal amounts of sugar (or sugar substitute) and water in a saucepan, bring to a boil, and drop in sprigs of rosemary. Remove from heat, let sit for 30 minutes, strain out rosemary, and chill in the fridge.

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