Classic Cuban Cocktail with Yolo Rum Gold

Classic Cuban Cocktail with Yolo Rum Gold

The Classic Cuban Cocktail recipe with a twist


2 oz Yolo Rum Gold
1 oz Fernet-Branca
1 oz Cola Syrup
Dash of Aromatic Bitters
Top with layer of Brut Champagne  (Don’t aim bottle at anyone you care for)


A huge thank you to our good friend Mars for helping with this cocktail video! Cheers! Yolo!

Denver Zephyr with Yolo Rum

Take a Walk at Altitude Instead of the Bay this Spring

If you like the feeling of dipping your toes in the sand with a gentle summer breeze in your face, then you’ll love our Yolo twist on this Baybreeze-based cocktail. The bright and light flavors of Yolo Silver blend perfectly with cranberry and pineapple juices for a Rocky Mountain High twist on this classic tiki-style cocktail.

What are the Benefits of Substituting Rum in Classic Cocktail Recipes?

While there are a number of delicious cocktail staples that feature rum as a the star player, experimenting with flavors traditionally assigned to whiskey and vodka cocktails allows you to discover how dynamic premium rum really can be. Other classic cocktails that deserve a rum twist include:

  • Moscow Mule with White Rum
  • Mint Julep featuring Aged Rum
  • Old Fashioned Made with Aged Rum

Yolo Rum Denver Zephyr Recipe

What You’ll Need:

1 Tall Collins Glass with Ice
1.5 oz. Yolo Rum Silver
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
2 oz. Cranberry Juice
1 Lime, wedged (for garnish)

How to Shake it Up with a Denver Zephyr Cocktail

STEP 1 –

Fill a tall Collins glass with ice.

STEP 2 –

Add Yolo Rum Silver.

STEP 3 –

Gently layer pineapple juice and cranberry juice over the rum and stir

STEP 4 –

Garnish with lime.

STEP 5 –

Stir and Enjoy!

Find the Spirit of Spring through Rum Love

What makes you lift your glass in celebration? Take a walk on the Yolo side and rediscover your joy this spring with the best rum in the world.

Yolo Tranquillo

Get some calm and piece of mind with a Yolo twist on a classic tiki-cocktail.


Take a Load Off with a Yolo Tranquillo

As simple as it is delicious, the ‘Yolo Tranquillo’ is our take on one of the most popular cocktail recipes inspired by Tiki culture. Originally created in the 1970s, and featuring just four ingredients including “navy proof rum”, our Yolo twist on this potent and fruity cocktail will put some spring back in your step any time of the day!

Yolo Rum Tranquillo Cocktail Recipe

What You’ll Need:

1 Jigger
1 Cocktail shaker and strainer
1 Highball Cocktail Glass with ice
2 oz. Yolo Rum Gold
1 ounce creme de coconut
4 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 oz Orange Juice
Pineapple wedge for garnish

Take a Chill Pill…or Two with a Yolo Tranquillo

STEP 1 –

Gather and pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

STEP 2 –

Shake well and strain into a chilled highball glass filled with fresh ice.

STEP 3 –

Garnish with a pineapple wedge

STEP 4 –

Serve and enjoy!


Spice things up even more by playing with your rum to juice ratios or using two kinds of rum instead of just one.

The Secret to the Perfect Cocktail is Yolo Rum

Once a well-kept secret of the iconic Soggy Dollar Bar in the British Virgin Islands, this Tiki classic has remained a staple in most bartenders’ repertoire and every Tiki bar’s menu. Discover why by trying our ‘Yolo Tranquillo’ with Yolo Rum Gold!

Blue Hawaiian with Yolo Rum

Featuring the flavors of Yolo rum, pineapple, and coconut, this exotic tiki drink will brighten up your day with a tropical twist.

How the Blue Hawaiian Came to Be

Bartender Harry Yee developed the Blue Hawaiian at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in 1957. Yee was asked by the Hilton’s liquor distributors to create a cocktail based on curaçao liquor. While many don’t know history behind the Blue Hawaiian, it became popularized during the advent of Tiki Culture and has remained a staple in Tiki Bars across the country.

Yolo Rum Blue Hawaiian Recipe

What You’ll Need:

1 Jigger
1 Cocktail Glass with ice
1.5 oz. Yolo Rum Silver
3/4 ounce creme de coconut
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
3/4 ounce blue curaçao liqueur
Maraschino cherries and pineapple wedge for garnish

Mix Up Your Own Version of a Blue Hawaiian with Yolo Rum

STEP 1 –

Fill a cocktail glass with rum and add ice

STEP 2 –

Add rum, creme de coconut, pineapple juice, and blue curaçao

STEP 3 –

Shake Well and strain into a collins glass filled with ice cubes

STEP 4 –

Garnish with cherries and pineapple wedge


For the frozen variation of a Blue Hawaiian, add all ingredients to a blender with 1 cup of ice, blend and enjoy!

Do You Know the Difference Between a Blue Hawaiian and a Blue Hawaii?

With so many delicious tiki drinks out there, it’s easy to confuse the blue Hawaiian cocktail with the blue Hawaii cocktail. Although both feature delicious tropical flavors and blue curacao, a blue Hawaiian cocktail is made with creme de coconut while a Blue Hawaii is mixed with sweet and sour mix. Not sure which cocktail you’d prefer? Try both and let us know!

Warm Your Days and Nights with Rum Love

Whether you prefer the Blue Hawaii or the Blue Hawaiian, only the best rum will do–make sure you stay up to date on all of Yolo’s events, recipes, and more by subscribing to our newsletter today!

Belladonna Tiki with Yolo Rum

Fruity, flavorful, and iconic, the Belladonna is one the easiest and tastiest rum cocktails you can make. Discover how easy it is with Yolo Rum!


Bring Summer Back Early with a Tiki-Inspired Yolo Cocktail

Inspired by indigenous Polynesian culture and art, Tiki Culture became a staple of American bar culture thanks to a Texan inspired by his adventures—and cocktails—in the Caribbean. The man largely credited as the founding father of the Tiki movement was Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt, who later changed his name to Donn Beach, and is now recognized as Don the Beachcomber. One of the easiest tiki style drinks is the simple Belladonna cocktail. With two different kinds of rum and the refreshing flavors of orange, pineapple, and cranberry juice, most kitchens are just a jigger away from a Tiki Getaway.

Yolo Rum Belladonna Recipe

What You’ll Need:

1 Jigger
1 Cocktail Glass with ice
1 oz. Yolo Rum Silver
1 oz. Yolo Rum Gold
1 oz. Orange Juice
1 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 oz. Cranberry Juice

Get Groovy with a Belladonna Cocktail

STEP 1 – 

Add ice to your cocktail glass

STEP 2 –

Add 1 oz. of Yolo Rum Silver and 1 oz of Yolo Rum Gold

STEP 3 –

Add your pineapple, orange and cranberry juices

STEP 4 –

Shimmy, shake & enjoy!

Get Your Tiki Fix with Yolo Rum in the Month of March

Curious to learn more about Tiki culture? Infuse March Madness with Tiki-inspired Yolo cocktails all month long!

Hot Toddy with Yolo Rum

Chase the chill from your bones with a bold and sweet take on the traditional hot toddy featuring Yolo Rum Gold!

Feeling under the weather or simply looking for a way to warm up this winter? Locally sourced clover honey and fresh lemon blend perfectly with our white oak aged rum in this modern twist on a classic cocktail.

Yolo Rum Hot Toddy Recipe

What You’ll Need:
5 oz. Boiling water
1.5 oz. Yolo Gold Rum
0.5 oz. Clover honey
1 oz. Fresh lemon juice
1 Lemon wedge (for garnish)

Soothe the Tickle in Your Throat with a Hot Toddy

STEP 1 –

Pour 5 oz. of hot water into your favorite cup.

STEP 2 –

Add 1.5 oz. of Yolo Rum Gold

STEP 3 –

Add Honey and Lemon Juice to taste. Stir well.

STEP 4 –

Garnish with a lemon wedge and enjoy!

Warm Up Your Winter with Rum Love!

Are you ready to heat things up this winter? Try out some of our favorite recipes or send in your own!

Yolo Rum Mojito

Turn your day around with a refreshing mojito recipe featuring Yolo Rum!

There’s only one way to make the perfect mojito; by using the best rum in the world.  Fresh mint and lime blend perfectly with Yolo Rum Silver or Gold to make a classic cocktail more refreshing than ever.

Yolo Rum Mojito Cocktail Recipe

What You’ll Need:
Handful of Fresh mint
1.5 oz. Yolo Rum Silver (or Yolo Rum Gold)
1-2 tsp. sugar
1 lime (cut into wedges)
5 oz. soda water
Collins glass or tall cocktail glass
A measuring jigger
A muddler or spoon

Making the Perfect Mojito with Yolo Rum

STEP 1 –

Remove the mint leaves from their stems and add between 6-24 mint leaves to your cocktail glass. For best results, you’ll want to line the bottom of the glass with the leaves before adding other ingredients. Mint is a pretty potent herb so feel free to add as little or as much as you’d like!
(Pro Tip: Set 1 mint sprig aside for garnish)

STEP 2 –

Add two lime wedges and sugar to the bottom of the glass. Gently muddle everything against the sides and bottom with the muddler or back of a spoon.

STEP 3 –

Fill the glass with ice.

STEP 4 –

Add rum and stir ingredients together.

STEP 5 –

Top off your mojito with soda water and garnish with a sprig of mint and lime wedge.

STEP 6 –


Brighten Up Your Day by Mixing it Up with Yolo Rum!

From the Perfect Mojito to the Perfect Hot Toddy, there’s only one rum that can make them all. Find Yolo Rum at a store near you—or have it delivered right to your door!

Caribbean Coffee with Yolo Rum

Spice up your winter morning routine with a Café Caribbean.

A tasty and decadent twist on your morning cup of joe.

Do you like coffee in the morning? We do. Warm up your winter days (and nights) with a Caribbean inspired Café made with Yolo Rum and amaretto. Discover how the smooth, buttery taste of Yolo Gold and amaretto are the perfect complement to your favorite brew.

Yolo Rum Café Caribbean Cocktail Recipe

8 oz. fresh, hot, gourmet black coffee (We used Sträva Craft Coffee out of Denver, Colorado)
1.5 oz. Yolo Rum Gold
0.5 oz. Amaretto
Whipped cream and shaved almonds for garnish

How to make a Café Caribbean cocktail

STEP 1 –

Crush your almonds and set aside.

STEP 2 –

Pour fresh, hot gourmet coffee into your mug of choice.

STEP 3 –

Add 1.5 oz. of Yolo Rum Gold and 0.5 oz. of amaretto.

STEP 4 –

Top with whipped cream and garnish with shaved almonds.

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Yolo Rum Sunrise

From sunset to sunrise, and any time in-between, a Yolo Sunrise is perfect way to spice up your day!

Featuring the clean, smooth taste of Yolo Silver our take on the traditional Sunrise will have you seizing the day no matter what time it is. For those feeling extra crafty behind the bar, try using fresh squeezed OJ and locally-sourced, handcrafted grenadine.

Yolo Sunrise Recipe

1.5 oz. Yolo Rum Silver
2 oz. OJ
Splash of sparkling water
1.5 oz. grenadine syrup
Orange slice/wheel, for garnish (optional)
Some ice

A bucket or rocks glass
A measuring jigger
And a spoon

The trick to the perfect sunrise is patience—and the layering of flavors

STEP 1 –

Fill your 10 oz. rocks glass with ice.

STEP 2 –

Using your jigger, add 1.5 oz of Yolo Rum Silver to the rocks glass. Next, using a spoon, carefully pour in the grenadine syrup into the glass over back of the spoon. This is what will give your Sunrise it’s trademark gradient. Once the grenadine has settled, add a 2 oz. of your favorite orange juice and top off with the sparkling water.

STEP 3 –

Garnish with an orange wheel or slice.  Enjoy!

Total Prep Time: 5-7 minutes

Whether you’re a fan of breakfast cocktails or simply looking for a refreshing spin on a classic cocktail, there’s no wrong way to YOLO. Discover more of our craft cocktail recipes or submit your own Yolo recipes!

Dark and Spicy with Yolo Rum

This Yolo Rum recipe will help you take shelter from the storm in this safe harbor!

Everyone knows about the popular dark and murky rum cocktail that is trending at some hipster bars. Yet each mixologist always adds or omits something in this simple cocktail. We decided to completely remove the storm from the name and we added some spicy instead. We also want to warm you about getting carried away and adding too much of any of these ingredients. By just carelessly adding these ingredients together you can ruin the whole experience, so pay close attention to the ratios. Also blanching the sliced jalapeño for two minutes in boiling water and letting them rest in an ice bath before serving, will improve the color and balance of the jalapeño’s natural spice. No true Bermudian would put jalapeño in their sad and stormy cocktail, but here in Colorado, that’s how we love it!

Dark and Spicy Recipe

5oz Reed’s Extra Ginger Brew over ice
1.5oz Yolo Rum Gold
Squeeze lime
Garnish with fresh jalapeño and lime wedge