Rum Relaxer Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Rum Relaxer is a tropical cocktail that originated in the Caribbean. It's a favorite among beachgoers and those who love the taste of rum. The cocktail is a blend of rum, pineapple juice, and coconut cream, giving it a sweet and creamy taste that is perfect for relaxing on a hot day.

  • Who would like it?

Anyone who enjoys tropical, fruity cocktails would love the Rum Relaxer. It's also a great choice for those who are fans of rum-based cocktails.

How Rum Relaxer Tastes?

The Rum Relaxer is a sweet and creamy cocktail with a tropical twist. The rum gives it a warm, rich flavor, while the pineapple juice adds a tangy sweetness. The coconut cream adds a creamy, velvety texture that balances out the tanginess of the pineapple and the strength of the rum.

Interesting facts about Rum Relaxer

  • The Rum Relaxer is a popular cocktail in the Caribbean, especially in Jamaica and the Bahamas.
  • The cocktail is often served in a tall glass with a pineapple slice and a cherry as garnish.
  • Despite its sweet taste, the Rum Relaxer is a strong cocktail due to the high alcohol content of the rum.


Dark Rum

Why use 2 oz?: It's the backbone of the cocktail, offering the soul-warming effects we desire. The richness and complex flavors set the vibe. Too little, and you miss out on the fun; too much, and the balance topples.

Emma Rose

Pineapple Juice

Why 4 oz?: This is your tropical conduit, making every sip like a wave washing ashore. It's a balancing act between acidity and sweetness. Without it, it's like a beach without sand—no fun!

Alex Green

Coconut Cream

Why just 1 oz?: Think of this like sunscreen—enough to protect but not too much that you can't soak up the good stuff. It's creamy, it's dreamy, and too much can turn your chill sipping into a heavy gulp-fest.

Mary Mitkina


As needed: It's the unsung hero, chilling the ingredients to perfection. Cocktails without ice are like pools without water—not as refreshing!

Emma Rose

Pineapple Slice and Cherry

Why garnish?: They're the beach umbrellas, giving your cocktail an enticing and festive look.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Rum Relaxer Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the rum, pineapple juice, and coconut cream to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is well combined.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a tall glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to ensure that the coconut cream is well mixed.
  • For a colder cocktail, you can freeze the pineapple juice into ice cubes and use them instead of regular ice.

Perfect Pairings

Tropical Delights

  • Grilled seafood or fish, where the pineapple's sweetness and rum's richness enhance the meal's flavor.
  • Jerk Chicken, offering a spicy kick that is cooled down by the cocktail's tropical vibes.
  • Fresh fruit salad, complementing the fruity notes in the drink.
  • Coconut shrimp, echoing the coconut cream in the drink.

Sweet Eats

  • Macadamia nut cookies, matching richness with their buttery crunchiness.
  • Key lime pie, the citrus notes will mesh well with the tropical flavors of the cocktail.
  • Mango sorbet, for a refreshing and fruity dessert pairing.

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What you could change in Rum Relaxer

  • You can substitute the dark rum with white rum for a lighter flavor.
  • If you don't have coconut cream, you can use coconut milk instead.

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Spiced Rum Relaxer

Swap out the dark rum for spiced rum to bring a feisty kick to your tranquility. Cinnamon and other spices will dance a lively tango with the sweet tropical notes.

Coconut Rush

Boost the coconut flavor by adding a splash of coconut water and substituting half of the pineapple juice with coconut milk. For coconut enthusiasts who want to feel like they're sipping directly from the fruit!

Frozen Rum Relaxer

Blend the concoction with ice instead of shaking to create a smooth, slushy treat. Ideal for days when the heat is just too much and you need an icy rescue!

In case you forgot basics how to make Rum Relaxer

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Rum Relaxer

What type of rum works best with a Rum Relaxer?

Aged or dark rum works best with the Rum Relaxer as it imparts a richer flavor.

Can a Rum Relaxer be made in large batches for a party?

Yes, you can easily multiply the recipe to cater for a larger group. Make sure to adjust your ingredients accordingly.

Can the Rum Relaxer be made non-alcoholic?

Yes, you can substitute the rum with coconut water or another fruity non-alcoholic beverage to make it a mocktail.

What kind of glass should the Rum Relaxer be served in?

While any glass would work, a tall glass (like a highball glass) is traditionally used to serve Rum Relaxer.

What kind of food pairs well with a Rum Relaxer?

Seafood dishes or tropical-themed appetizers usually pair really well with this cocktail.

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