How to Make the Best Rum and Coke - Rachel Teodoro

How to Make the Best Rum and Coke

I often remind my husband how lucky he is to have me. I'm pretty laid back and easy going. There is very little that is high maintenance about me. I'm pretty basic. Except I don't think saying I'm basic is a good thing anymore {ask your teenagers}. Is it better to say I'm not fussy? Simple maybe? Whatever you want to say, I usually like things that are easy. My favorite cocktails have two-three ingredients and while I'm simple, I'd like to think that I'm not boring. Classic. Can I go with that? I like the classics. And now that the weather is heating up, I'm a big fan of the classic cocktails. I think I've finally perfected the classic rum and Coke and while you may think there isn't much to it, I might just have the secret to why you've been screwing it up all these years. Come find out how to make the best rum and coke so you can be the life of the party!

rum and coke cocktail mixed drink

How to Make the Best Rum and Coke

classic bacardi rum and coke recipe with fresh lime juice

I get overwhelmed with a cocktail menu. I had to google what a Paloma was so usually when I order a drink, I stick with the basics, like a rum and Coke, but how can you make the perfect drink? I'm going to tell you!

The Perfect Rum and Coke Ratio

Some people will tell you that the ratio is easy. It's half and half {half Coke, half rum}, but I'm here to tell you that I'm more of a 1:3 ratio kind of gal. You want your drink to taste good and not like you are drinking a straight shot. 

Can I Use Pepsi in a Rum and Coke?


Short answer is no. I'm one of those people that can't tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi but the minute you mix it with rum, I can tell. There is nothing more refreshing than an ice cold Coke. If you really want to do it right, use a Mexican Coke. They use real sugar and not high fructose corn syrup. 

Variations of Rum and Coke

You can start by trying a flavored Coke like cherry or vanilla, but you can also change up the rum you use too. Spiced Rum or Coconut Rum is a good place to start. 


The Secret to the Perfect Rum and Coke


Try whatever variations you want, but make sure that when you mix your rum and Coke that you add fresh lime juice to your drink. That's the secret. I like to squeeze about 1 Tbsp. of fresh lime juice and add 2-3 limes to the glass for flavor. 

Garnish for Rum and Coke


You can stick to the classic and use a lime wedge, or give a cherry or orange slice a try. 

A rum and Coke is the perfect cocktail to get started experimenting with. Before long you will be a great mixologist and this drink will be your specialty.  

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