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4 Rum Cocktails to Help Set the Mood This Valentine’s Day

4 Rum Cocktails to Help Set the Mood This Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is here, and what better way to celebrate than with a rum cocktail? Whether you are going out or staying in these rum cocktails are sure to help set the right mood this Valentine’s night. 

Hot Toddy

Mixologist: Jennifer Bryant. Photographer: Vanessa Palmisano. (Photo: Koloa Rum Company)

February is one of the coldest months of the year, so a nice cozy rum hot toddy will be sure to heat things up this Valentine’s Day. This recipe comes courtesy of Kōloa rum and it adds the perfect amount of sweetness to make your sweetheart swoon.


  • 1 ½ ounces Kōloa Kaua’i Dark Rum
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice 
  • 1 tablespoon honey 
  • 3 ½ ounces boiling water
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla bean paste 
  • Garnish: 1 cinnamon stick and lemon slice


Add all ingredients together in a tempered glass mug. Stir until honey and vanilla bean paste are dissolved and everything is combined. 

Peppermint Strawberry Hot Cocoa

Mixologist: Jennifer Bryant. Photographer: Vanessa Palmisano. (Photo: Koloa Rum Company)

What says “be my Valentine” better than chocolate? The answer is rum in the form of a nice hot cup of cocoa. If you forgot the strawberries and chocolate, this cocktail from Kōloa will more than makeup for it. 


  • 2 ounces Kōloa Kaua’i Cacao Rum 
  • 2 cups whole milk 
  • splash peppermint Schnapps 
  • 2 oz coffee liqueur 
  • 1 oz strawberry sauce
  • ½ cup white chocolate (baking chocolate) 
  • Garnish: whip cream


Place milk, white chocolate, and strawberry sauce, in a medium saucepan and heat to melt the chocolate. Do not bring to a simmer or boil. Once the mixture is thoroughly heated, add in the rum and peppermint schnapps. Pour into the desired mug and serve immediately. Garnish with whipped cream. 

Chocolate & Chill

(Photo: SelvaRey)

Sometimes the perfect way to end a date is with a little cuddle and movie time with dessert. This boozy dessert from SelvaRey ends the night on a sweet note with a combination of chocolate rum and ice cream. 


  • 1 ½ ounces SelvaRey Chocolate Rum
  • 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • a handful of chocolate chips
  • Garnish: cherry


Scoop ice cream into a shallow bowl or glass. Pour the rum over the ice cream and garnish with chocolate chips and a cherry for the perfect date night dessert. 

Heart Cracker Rum Cocktail

(Photo: Sailor Jerry)

Add a little spice to your Valentine’s night with this cocktail from Sailor Jerry.  Otherwise, even If you are feeling a little heartbroken this evening you can enjoy smashing candy hearts to make a tasty cocktail for one. 


  • A handful of cinnamon candy hearts
  • 1 ½ ounces Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
  • ¼ ounce grenadine
  • 2 ½ ounces ginger beer


Crush cinnamon candy hearts and rim the rocks glass with dust. Add the Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and grenadine to a cocktail shaker with ice, mix until chilled and strain into a glass over ice. Top the drink with ginger beer.

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Jessica Gleman is the managing editor of Rum Raiders. She received her Ph.D. at the University College of Dublin in Ireland, where she studied the archaeology of ancient alcohol. Jessica has a passion for the alcohol industry, including agriculture, distillation and mixology. When Jessica is not writing about rum, she is also a travel and food enthusiast who loves going around the world and experiencing various cuisines and cultures. She is enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge and expertise and learning even more about this amazing spirit.