Drinks With Rum & Tequila

By Mary Johnson-Gerard, Ph.D.

Rum and tequila are two types of alcohol that blend quite nicely together. Tequila comes from the agave plant, which is similar to the yucca and amaryllis plants. Rum, on the other hand, is made from sugar cane products, particularly molasses. There are a number of alcoholic drinks or cocktails that are made by combining rum and tequila.

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Assorted cocktail drinks

Teek Mai Tai

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Classic Mai Tai

To mix a Teek Mai Tai, begin by combining in a cocktail shaker: 1 1/2 oz. reposado tequila, 1 oz. light rum, 1/2 oz. triple sec, 1 1/4 oz. pineapple juice, 1 1/4 oz. orange juice, juice of half a lime and a splash of orgeat syrup. Put the lid on and shake. Pour the mixture through a strainer into a cooled or chilled martini glass. Pour or float (do not stir or mix in) 1/4 oz. of dark rum on the top of the mixture and add a maraschino cherry for flair.

Tequila Moonrise

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The Tequila Moonrise cocktail is a spin on the traditional Tequila Sunrise cocktail but packs a different punch. To make a Tequila Moonrise, mix in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes: 3 oz. of tequila, 1 oz. each of light and dark rum, 1/2 oz. each of lemon and lime juice and 1 tsp. of sugar. Shake this mixture and strain it into a collins glass that is just about filled with ice cubes. On top of this mixture pour 2 oz. of ale and serve.

Long Island Iced Tea

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Long Island Iced Tea made its first appearance around the 1970s and was named after the biggest island in the continental United States -- Long Island. Some people are surprised to discover that although the name of the cocktail includes the word tea, the drink itself does not. To mix a Long Island Iced Tea combine: 1/2 oz. vodka, 1/2 oz. light rum, 1/2 oz. gin, 1/2 oz. tequila and the juice of half a lemon. Pour these ingredients into a highball glass half-filled with ice cubes and add a splash of cola for color. The drink comes alive when a slice of lemon is placed on the rim of the glass.