How to Make the Best Mango Rum Cocktail

Celebrate the season with one of our favorite mango rum drinks—it tastes like summer in a glass!

Give summer the celebration it deserves with this mango rum drink. Refreshing and tropical, it’s oh-so-easy to make. And your guests will love its frosty sweetness. Now, go grab the blender!

Before You Get Started…

How do you pick a mango?

Given that it’s the star of the show, you want your mango to be at peak ripeness—and flavor. You’re looking for fruit that has a little bit of give when gently squeezed. As a comparison, think of the way you might select an avocado. The softer they are, the riper. Don’t focus too much on color; it is not always an indication of ripeness—especially since different varieties have different hues. Pick up a few extra fruits and add these tasty mango recipes to your recipe rotation.

What’s the difference between light and dark rum?

While there’s no definitive answer about whether light or dark rum is better, each liquor has different flavors and properties. All rum is made from sugar cane. And light rum is light because it’s been aged for less time, giving it a subtle flavor ideal for mixing into cocktails. Dark rum is aged before being distilled, lending to bolder colors and tastes. It’s best for sipping straight. For this recipe, we recommend light rum to let the fruit flavors shine.

Want the mango taste, but not the alcohol? This mango smoothie is a refreshing substitute.

How to Make a Mango Rum Cocktail

This recipe serves 14, so round up your friends, put on some music and get ready to toast!


  • 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)
  • 4 cups of fresh mango, cubed
  • 2/3 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1-1/2 cups light rum
  • Ice cubes
  • 7 cups club soda, chilled

Step 1: Blend and pour

Place the first four ingredients in a blender (our Test Kitchen loves this one). Cover and process the mixture until it’s pureed. Transfer to a 1-1/2-quart pitcher and stir in the rum.

Step 2: Cool it down

Pour 1/3 cup of the mango mixture into a glass—a half-pint mason jar works great. Add ice, then pour in 1/2 cup of soda to finish the drink.

Serving Ideas for Mango Rum Drinks

Pick a garnish

Nothing dresses up a cocktail better than a good garnish. Accentuate the tart lime by placing a lime wedge on the rim of your glass. Or, beat the summer heat with some refreshing mint or rosemary leaves and a slice of strawberry. For a truly tropical drink, add pineapple or even dragon fruit. (Have leftover pineapple? Put it to good use in these classic desserts.)

Keep ’em cool

Don’t worry if the mixture seems too thick at first. Heat will help melt the ice, watering down the drink. On warmer days, pop the mango puree in the fridge to help it stay cool. And if you have any mango rum drink after the party, pour it into ice pop molds (these are our top picks) and freeze for a boozy treat.

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Kim Bussing is a writer and editor living in Los Angeles. She has written for publications including Reader’s Digest, Modern Farmer, Clean Plates and Vice, among others, and she is working on her first novel. She is always on the hunt for the perfect gluten-free cinnamon roll.