Best Pineapple Juice and Rum Recipes

It’s pretty common knowledge that rum goes well with Coke. But if you’re tired of your rum-and-Cokes, one way to spice things up is pairing rum with fruit juice. You’ve probably made something similar to a Screwdriver with rum and orange juice instead of vodka (I know I have) and discovered that it worked just as well. Pineapple juice is even better and there are a plethora of things you can combine it with. During the 50’s Tiki cocktail phase, pineapple juice and rum recipes were everywhere. But believe it or not, just because all the drinks on this list contain pineapple juice, not all of them are island or Hawaiian themed. Here are the best pineapple and rum recipes:

Pina Colada

To parody a famous song by Rupert Holmes, if you like Pina Coladas, then I don’t have to explain. Lots of people order them when they’re out on the town, but assume they’re too much trouble to make at home. But as long as you have a blender, it only takes minutes to make one and transport yourself to a tropical paradise!


  • 3 oz. Light rum
  • 6 oz. Pineapple juice
  • 2 oz. Coconut cream
  • 2 c. ice
  • Pineapple and maraschino cherry (garnish)


  • Add rum, pineapple juice, coconut cream and ice to blender
  • Blend until smooth
  • Pour into hurricane glass
  • Garnish
  • Serve

Pineapple Basil Rum Fizz

You don’t usually think of basil as going well with pineapple, but it does pair well with lots of fruit juices. This drink is a little sweet, complex and refreshing. It also makes a whole pitcher full, so it’s great for get-togethers or parties. And this recipe calls for making your own fresh pineapple juice, which makes it taste even better!


  • 1 Large pineapple
  • 1/4 c. Fresh lime juice
  • 5-6 large basil leaves
  • 6 oz. Light rum
  • Club soda (to top)
  • Granulated sugar (to rim)
  • Sprig of basil and slice of lime (garnish)


  • Peel and core pineapple and then cut it into chunks
  • Place pineapple chunks into blender and puree for 1-2 minutes until it forms a smooth puree
  • Transfer puree to a pitcher and then refrigerate until chilled
  • Add lime juice and basil to clean blender
  • Blend until basil is incorporated
  • Add 3 1/2 cups of the pineapple puree, the lime mixture and the rum to a pitcher
  • Stir
  • Moisten the edges of glasses with lime and dip them in granulated sugar to rim
  • Add the drink to glasses, leaving about 1 inch space
  • Top with club soda
  • Garnish
  • Serve

Rum Runner

This is a great recipe if you want a drink with a high alcohol content that’s easy to drink. Be careful who you serve it to at parties, however. It doesn’t take many of these to feel a buzz. The story of this drink’s creation is sort of interesting. In the 1950’s, a bartender in Florida had a lot of excess product on his shelves, so he put it all in a glass to get rid of it, and the Rum Runner was born. Considering the fact that it was created somewhat accidentally, it’s a great drink, and super easy to make!


  • 1 oz. Light rum
  • 1 oz. Dark rum
  • 1 oz. Banana liqueur
  • 1 oz. Blackberry liqueur
  • 1 oz. Orange juice
  • 1 oz. Pineapple juice
  • Splash of Grenadine
  • Fruit to garnish


  • Add ingredients (except garnish) to blender with 2 cups of ice
  • Blend until smooth
  • Pour into hurricane glasses
  • Garnish and add straw
  • Serve

Painkiller Drink

Full disclosure: the Painkiller cocktail is trademarked, and requires you to use Pusser’s rum if you’re going to call it a Painkiller. But you could use literally any type of rum, call it something else and it’ll be just as good. It’s basically a Pina Colada that’s easier to make (no blender!) with some nutmeg on top. So, if you like Pina Coladas, you should keep this recipe around for lazy days.


  • 4 oz. Rum
  • 3 oz. Pineapple-orange juice
  • 1 oz. Creme de coconut
  • Ice
  • Nutmeg and toasted coconut (garnish)


  • Add all ingredients (except garnish) to cocktail shaker
  • Shake vigorously for around 20 seconds to mix
  • Pour into cocktail glass
  • Sprinkle with nutmeg and toasted coconut
  • Serve

Hot Rum-and-Pineapple Toddies

Hot Toddies are known for being a great drink if you’re sick, and that would definitely make a great excuse to drink one of these hot rum-and-pineapple toddies. But, they would also be great on a cool Fall night, or if you got snowed in during the Winter and had nothing better to do.


  • 1 c. Pineapple juice
  • 3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 1 c. dark rum


  • Add pineapple juice, 2 Tablespoons of maple syrup, lemon juice and the cinnamon stick to a small saucepan
  • Bring to a boil
  • Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from heat
  • Add cream and remaining maple syrup to a medium bowl and beat until small peaks form
  • Pour pineapple mixture to 4 teacups or mugs
  • Discard cinnamon stick
  • Add 1/4 c. rum to each cup
  • Top with whipped cream
  • Serve

Fall Pumpkin Party Punch

This is a unique entry on this list because pumpkin is paired with the pineapple juice and rum. It’s a fantastic drink to serve at Fall parties, or during the holiday season. Plus, it’s got pumpkin spice in it, which is widely popular. So if you’re a pumpkin spice fan, give this recipe a try!


  • 1/2 c. Pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 c. orange juice
  • 1 1/2 c. pineapple juice
  • 1/2 c. spiced rum
  • 1/4 c. orange liqueur
  • 4 cherries and 4 orange slices (garnish)


  • Add all ingredients (except garnish) in blender and blend until combined
  • Serve with ice
  • Use cherries and orange slices for garnish
  • Serve

Whether you’re a fan of pineapple juice and rum or not, you’re sure to find something on this list that you’ll love. Some of the recipes are heavy on the pineapple, some are heavy on the rum, while others are so light on them that you won’t much notice them.