What better way to celebrate the virtues of rum  than by whipping up a bunch of traditional rum cocktails? Learn how to make rum classics, like the muddled mojito , as well as tiki favorites like the mai tai and the hurricane, a New Orleans standby. Stock your bar with light and dark rums and you'll be ready to mix any of these six libations.
Contrary to popular belief, the original recipe for a daiquiri is not a blended drink. It's an uncomplicated cocktail that combines rum with lime juice and simple syrup. Ernest Hemingway is known for sipping this tart beverage  and helped make it popular in the states in the 1930s and 1940s.
My favorite tropical drink is the piña colada ! This blended concoction consists of rum, pineapple juice, ice, and cream of coconut.
Created by Pat O'Brien in New Orleans, the hurricane  is a fruity, punch-like libation that's made with both dark and light rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, and passionfruit nectar.
The classic mojito  is a refreshing mixture of muddled mint and lime that's topped with silver rum, ice, and club soda. If you're ready to try a variation, try a pineapple  or orange  twist.
Dark and Stormy
With its island ingredients and romantic moniker, the ginger beer-based dark and stormy  tastes like waiting out a thunderstorm on a Caribbean beach.
Hot Buttered Rum
Although this is a Winter cocktail, bookmark the method for hot buttered rum  now. It's best made with a dark rum and lots of warming spices.
While store-bought mai tai mix can be full of sugar, when made at home, with fresh ingredients, the mai tai  is a delightful concoction that's not too sweet. You will have to seek out orange curaçao and orgeat (an almond-flavored syrup), so plan a trip to the beverage store before you start shaking.