Best Rum and Coffee Recipes

Coffee lovers can tell you that there are a great many things that you can put in your morning brew to transform it from a necessary part of your morning routine into sheer bliss. And, like most of the best things in life, it’s better with booze. You’ve probably heard of “Irishing up your coffee” with a shot of whiskey, but did you know you could add rum instead? You can have rum and coffee drinks in hot, iced coffee or slushie form. Here are some of the best rum and coffee drinks:

Pharisaeer Kaffee (German coffee with rum)

There’s a reason for this drink’s odd name. The story goes that a German Pastor named Gustav Beyer was constantly scolding his parishoners about drinking, so they got creative and put rum in their coffee. The whipped cream on top of it kept it from smelling too much like rum. Once he got wise, he called them Pharisees. This recipe is delicious proof that if someone wants to drink, they’ll find a way!


  • 2-4 oz. Strong coffee
  • 2 sugar cubes (or more or less, depending on your taste)
  • 1 1/2 oz. Dark Jamaican rum
  • 2 T whipped cream


  • Add the coffee to the cup and sweeten it to taste with the sugar cubes
  • Add rum
  • Top with whipped cream
  • Serve

Everything Nice

This has a deceiving name, but it’s actually coffee with spiced rum and butterscotch whipped cream. The butterscotch whipped cream really brings the drink together and makes the butterscotch and vanilla flavors in the rum stand out without being overpowering. It really does make everything about this drink nice!


  • 3/4 c. heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 T malted milk powder (like Carnation)
  • 1 1/2 T dark brown sugar
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 6 oz. Hot black coffee
  • 2 oz. Spiced rum
  • 1 T simple syrup
  • Freshly grated nutmeg (garnish)


  • Add the cream, malted milk powder, brown sugar and salt to a medium- sized mixing bowl
  • Beat using an electric mixer or whisk until dry ingredients are thoroughly incorporated into the cream and the mixture forms soft peaks
  • Add hot coffee, rum and simple syrup to a mug, and stir to combine
  • Top with a dollop of whipped cream
  • Sprinkle with nutmeg
  • Serve

Iced Rum Coffee

If you like iced coffee, this recipe is for you! This particular iced coffee is kicked up a few notches and includes coconut milk, cinnamon, sugar and rum. The cinnamon stick garnish is a nice touch for those who like to stir their iced coffee and bask in the simple satisfactory sound of the ice whirling around.


  • 1 c. chilled strong coffee or espresso
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons canned coconut milk
  • 3 oz. Dark rum
  • 18 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Ice
  • Cinnamon sticks (garnish)


  • Open the can of coconut milk and whisk the liquids and solids together, then set aside
  • Add the coffee and sugar to a measuring cup and then stir to combine, making sure sugar is dissolved
  • Fill 3 rocks glasses with ice
  • In a cocktail shaker filled 1/2 full of ice, add coffee mixture, 6 Tablespoons of the coconut milk, rum and cinnamon
  • Shake for around 20 seconds, or until the shaker is cold
  • Pour into rocks glasses
  • Garnish
  • Serve


If you’re looking for a simple coffee and rum drink, look no further! This Spanish rum-and-coffee drink consists of only 3 ingredients and is both quick and easy to make. It makes a great after-dinner treat.


  • 1 oz. Rum
  • 2 oz. Strong black coffee (or 1 shot espresso)
  • Sugar for rimming glass


  • Wet the rim of an old fashioned glass, dip into sugar and twist the glass to rim it
  • Add rum to glass
  • Top with coffee or espresso
  • Serve

Calypso Coffee

If you love both coffee and chocolate, you should give this recipe a try. There’s lots of chocolate to be found, both in the drink and on top of it. And it’s one of those rare recipes that contains chocolate without being overly sweet.


  • 1 oz. Dark creme de cacao
  • 1 oz. Spiced rum
  • 4 oz. Hot coffee
  • Whipped cream (to top)
  • Chocolate shavings (garnish)


  • Add the dark creme de cacao, spiced rum and hot coffee to a coffee cup
  • Top with whipped cream
  • Garnish
  • Serve

Gingerbread Rum Latte

This is an awesome recipe for the holidays, or for cold days. The gingerbread pairs really well with the spices and sweetness in the rum. This coffee drink would be good all on its own, but the rum really takes it to the next level!


  • 1 c. steamed milk
  • 1 c. very strong coffee (4 Tablespoons coffee to 1 c. hot water)
  • 1 Tbs. Gingerbread syrup
  • 1 oz. Dark rum
  • Whipped cream (to top)
  • Ground nutmeg and cinnamon, cinnamon stick (garnish)


  • Steam the milk over low heat slowly. Whip with a whisk until it becomes frothy and remove from heat
  • While the milk is still warm, add gingerbread syrup and rum
  • In coffee mugs, add the coffee, then the milk mixture
  • Top with whipped cream
  • Sprinkle with ground cinnamon and nutmeg, add cinnamon stick
  • Serve


This frozen drink may have a funny name, but it’s delicious. It essentially tastes like a boozy coconut bonbon with coffee. It’s an excellent dessert or after-dinner drink, but it’s good enough that you could find an excuse to drink one any time!


  • 1 oz. Dark rum
  • 1 oz. Coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz. Creme de cacao
  • 2 oz. Cream of coconut
  • 2 oz. Whole milk
  • Chocolate syrup (garnish)


  • Add all of the ingredients (except the garnish) to a blender along with 1 c. ice
  • Blend until smooth
  • Pour into hurricane glass
  • Drizzle chocolate syrup on top
  • Serve

I feel like there’s never a bad time for coffee, or rum. So I’m pretty pleased that there are so many great rum and coffee drink recipes out there. And you’ll be pleased too, when you serve one of these recipes at your next party and see what a hit they are!