Papa’s Pride Rum Cocktail

We love making easy sipping drinks like this Papa’s Pride Rum Cocktail! Dark rum with just a splash of water, garnished with a citrusy, bright grapefruit peel. Sometimes great cocktails are the easiest ones to make!

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Papa’s Pride Rum Cocktail

We loved trying Papa’s Pilar Rum! It’s perfect for making this Papa’s Pride Rum Cocktail and also mixing with your favorite rum cocktails.

We usually think of rum as a laid back spirit, served to us in tropical cocktails with umbrellas but its origins were anything but laid back. As they describe to us on the Papa’s Pilar website, American soldiers drank rum after the Spanish-American war and it was what the “wets” demanded during prohibition.

This feeling is what Papa’s Pilar want to bring back with their rum – the spirit of American rebellion. I’m all for that, so let’s take a sip…

Of course I had to read all about how Papa’s Pilar Rum is made and what I found was pretty darn interesting. I actually read about their distilling process after sampling the rum which probably was backwards, but in the end it made a lot of sense.

The Blonde rum is a perfect, easy sipping rum. It was great for sipping, but also I think would be amazing in a mojito or with a splash of coke. Both the Dark and Blonde rum has a pretty good amount of alcohol, you have to get past the initial burn to start actually tasting the flavors of the rum.

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I preferred the Dark rum out of the two for straight up sipping, so I’ll go into a little more detail about that one. Their rum is actually sourced from distilleries on Florida the South Caribean and Central America and then Solera aged in bourbon barrels and port wine casks and then finished in Spanish Sherry Casks.

At 43% ABV, I did get a little burn from the alcohol at first, but like I said, once you get past it you can start to pick out all the other flavors.

I definitely tasted notes of vanilla and brown sugar with a hot cinnamon in the finish. But the more I sipped it, the more flavors came out to me.

While it’s great for sipping, you can also try out their “Papa’s Pride” cocktail…add a grapefruit twist and you’re done!

How To Make A Papa’s Pride Rum Cocktail

This rum drink is so easy to make, it’s really just dark rum with a splash of water. For simple sipping cocktails like this, make sure to use the best quality spirit that you can afford.

The addition of a large grapefruit peel releases it’s oils into the rum, balancing out the sweet rum flavors.

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Papa’s Pride Rum Cocktail

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Serving 1x

Papa’s Pride is a simple but bold rum cocktail with a fresh grapefruit twist!



  • 2 1/2 ounces Dark Rum
  • Splash of water
  • 1 grapefruit peel


  1. Pour the rum into a low ball glass with a large ice cube.
  2. Add a splash of water and garnish with a grapefruit peel.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: American

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