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12 Must-try Coconut Rums

These rums will transport you to a tropical beach vacation.

Coconut rum is the epitome of a dessert rum. Not only does it carry a sweet, smooth taste, but the coconut finish gives off major tropical vibes. Found in popular cocktails such as Bahama Mama’s and Pina Coladas, this flavorful rum has become a welcome taste. 

coconut rum with a cocktail

Various coconut rums have made their way into mainstream bars and restaurants worldwide, meaning you don’t have to physically be in a tropical area to experience a fun and fresh tropical beverage.

Coconut rum is the perfect addition to take a seemingly one-dimensional beverage to the next level. But what is the best coconut rum for your cocktails? From Siesta Key Toasted Coconut Rum from Sarasota, Florida, to Cruzan Coconut Rum native to the U.S. Virgin Islands, I’ll take a look at the 12 best coconut rums. 

Best Coconut Rums

Siesta Key Toasted Coconut

If I were to use one word to describe Siesta Key Toasted Coconut Rum, it would be “distinctive”. The unique makeup of this coconut rum gives it an enhanced flavor unmatched by its competitors.

Made in small batches in Sarasota, Florida, at an artisan distillery, Siesta Key produces a coconut rum with real toasted coconut to give it an “as real as it gets” coconut taste.

Siesta Key Toasted Coconut Rum is quoted as being unique to the rum industry and a product that has raised the bar for the U.S. rum market. The distinctive flavoring process and overall sweetness of the coconut make Siesta Key Toasted Coconut Rum one to remember. 

Kōloa Coconut Rum

If the name didn’t give Koloa Coconut Rum origin away, this product description certainly will. Native to Hawaii, Koloa brings the tropical island to you with their unique, flavorful coconut rum. This coconut rum is 40% ABV/80 Proof and is distilled at 160 – 180 ABV.

The smooth and rich finish is possible by incorporating sugarcane, rainwater from Mount Wai’ale’ale into a vintage copper pot still and distilling twice. The time and effort pay off as the coconut aromas mixed with roasted coconut taste and topped with a fresh lime zest make a finish that you will continue to come back to taste again. 

St Petersburg Distillery Oak & Palm Coconut Rum

St. Petersburg, Florida is known for more than just its pristine beaches and vacation crowd. The St. Petersburg Distillery produces an Oak & Palm Coconut Rum that mixes natural Florida oak with other natural ingredients including coconut, to develop a coconut rum that may become your favorite.

The St. Petersburg Distillery Oak and Palm Coconut Rum smell of delicate vanilla with a hint of sweet sugars. The creaminess mixed with rich coconut sends your tastebuds to a new dimension. Don’t forget the hint floral notes that you experience on the finish. 

Alcohol content for this coconut rum is 35% ABV and 70 Proof. 

Don Q Coco Rum

Don Q Coco Rum is sure to put you in a tropical mood with their coconut rum with flavor extracted from real coconuts. This rum is aged from 1 to 1 ½ years to extract all the necessary natural flavors needed to make the rum a masterpiece.

Not only is Don Q Coco Rum a feel-good rum that will bring your tropical side out, but it also has a smooth finish that will help you relax as you can almost hear the waves of the ocean when you sip your rum. Its Puerto Rican roots might be how they pack so much flavor into one bottle.

Bacardi Coconut Rum

Bacardi is most well-known for its spiced rum. But just like its spiced rum, Bacardi knows how to make its coconut rum tasty. This white rum infused with real coconut can transport you to a tropical paradise, no matter where you are. 

Bacardi Coconut Rum originates from Puerto Rico and holds a fresh and crisp taste that makes you feel like you’re being kissed by the summer sun. The clean finish mixed with the pure coconut aroma is the perfect combination. This coconut flavored rum has an ABV of 35%.

Brinley Shipwreck Coconut Rum

Handcrafted in St. Kitts, this molasses-based coconut rum by Brinley Gold Shipwreck is a winner when it comes to coconut rum. This hand-crafted blend takes natural coconuts from the island and blends them for an authentic taste of the tropics.

The 36% ABV means it won’t hit you in the face if enjoyed on its own but adds a kick to your average pina colada. Enjoy natural coconut flavors by using gluten-free coconut rum like Brinley Shipwreck Coconut Rum. 

Wicked Dolphin Coconut Rum

As mystical as the name sounds, Wicked Dolphin Coconut Rum isn’t a fairytale. Native to Cape Coral, FL, Wicked Dolphin produces spirits that hold a unique color and taste. The ingredients are cooked, fermented, and distilled in their Florida location, where it is then stored in the barrel room at the distillery. 

The Wicked Dolphin Coconut Rum is made with real coconut water mixed with other natural ingredients to ensure the most authentic, tropical taste possible. Wicked Dolphin prides itself with less sugar usage in its rums than other national brands. 

This coconut rum is complete with a big, bold flavor and a delicate body infused with hints of vanilla. The aromas will take you to a tropical island as the clean, straightforward coconut is as authentic as it gets. 

Coconut Cartel

When people hear the word cartel, they usually think of the infamous Pablo Escobar and how his cartel were master smugglers. Fortunately, Coconut Cartel is 100% legal (as long as you are of legal drinking age, of course), meaning there’s no issue with purchasing it.

Coconut Cartel isn’t meant to mix with other ingredients to create a cocktail. Instead, this darker coconut rum is designed as a premium sipping rum. The tropical aromas emitted from the freshly harvested coconut water take you to the sandy beaches of Guatemala, where the distillery is located. Enjoy the nutty flavor with hints of sweetness and salty this smooth coconut rum has to offer. 

Sugar Island Coconut Rum

The fresh coconut taste of Sugar Island Coconut Rum is anything but ordinary. A balanced taste of creamy and delicate coconut flavors makes for a bright and silky rum that only Sugar Island can produce. 

Sugar Island prides itself on the versatility of its coconut rum. Not only is it perfect to sip on its own, but it is also the perfect coconut-flavored rum for your tropical mixers. However you fancy drinking your rum, Sugar Island Coconut Rum can meet your needs. 

This delicate coconut rum is native to the Virgin Islands and is just the coconut rum you need to get that island feeling. 

Malibu Coconut Rum

Malibu Coconut Rum is the go-to coconut rum of many college students, myself included! Maybe it’s the lower price-point, or perhaps it was the product availability. Whatever the reasoning, Malibu is always the perfect rum to mix with pineapple juice for a tropical treat.

The simplicity of the ingredients that make up Malibu Coconut Rum makes it a viable coconut rum option for just about anyone. It is the world’s best-selling coconut-flavored Caribbean rum and is what you will typically find on the grocery store shelf or at your local dive bar.

Pick up the Malibu and pineapple juice when it’s time to party like you’re on an island.

Montauk Rumrunners Coconut Rum

Handcrafted in small batches of the Montauk coastline, Montauk Rumrunners Coconut Rum is the tropical treat you’ve been needing. The top-notch ingredients are blended to create a mildly sweet coconut rum with an exceptionally smooth finish. 

Montauk Rumrunners Coconut Rum is the perfect treat over ice, mixed with your favorite alcohol mixer, or try something a little different and blend it with bananas for a tropical treat that you won’t soon forget. This coconut rum is 30% ABV, 60 Proof, and found in New York state. 

Cruzan Coconut Rum

Have you ever heard the expression, “take time to stop and smell the roses”? Well, Cruzan has a different version of that expression-take time to stop and smell the coconuts. Cruzan Coconut Rum is a smoothly blended rum that has natural coconut flavors to create a creamy rum.

Cruzan encourages the incorporation of their coconut rum into your favorite tropical-flavored mixers like mango, pineapple, banana, and the classic pina colada. The sweet flavors complement tropical juice mixers making it an excellent rum for your beach-themed party in the most centralized states in the U.S.

Tropical vacations to pristine beaches filled with fluffy, white sand are a dream come true. While you may not be able to get away for such a vacation, coconut rum is a surefire way to bring those beachy vibes to you.

These coconut rums are sure to give you island vibes while you’re sitting on your couch in the middle of winter while there is a snowstorm going on outside your window.  Whether you prefer to delicately sip on a coconut rum like Coconut Cartel or down some Malibu coconut rum with a tropical mixer, there are coconut rums out there to fit your coconut rum needs and desires.

Looking for other types of rum? Check out our list of the best sipping rums here.

Did your favorite coconut rum make my list? If not, share it in the comments below, so that I can know what I’m missing!

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.