A Guide to Different Types of Spiced Rum

Rum has been around for a long time. 

Since the 17th century to be precise, since the days when the Royal Navy patrolled the waters of the Caribbean. Every day, each sailor received half a pint of rum, which they drank neat. 

Rum, the beverage that is synonymous with seafaring and tropical climates, has come a long way over the centuries. Newer variations of rum with different flavors and production methods are making waves. In particular, spiced rum is very popular and currently dominating the rum scene. 

Not all spiced rum is the same, however. There are differences in aging times, flavorings, and distilling methods.  

Let's spice things up. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about spiced rum.

What Is Spiced Rum?

Spiced rum is similar to dark or golden rum that is aged in barrels. The one difference is that a selection of spices is added from six months to one month before the end of the aging process. 

Types of Spiced Rum

There is a similar process that goes into all spiced rum. Most rum begins with a blend of rums distilled together. Then, spices are added. 

The spices added to the various brands of spiced rum vary, with the spice "recipe" kept as a closely-guarded secret. Most feature a range of Caribbean spices, plus others unique to their brand. 

The "Usual" Spiced Rum Spices

Most spiced rums contain a range of Caribbean spices, which is what separates spiced rum from other flavored rums. Some of these spices include:

  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla
  • Allspice
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves
  • Pepper

Other Additions

The unique variations among rum brands usually come from special notes of flavor. Some of the flavors you may find are:

  • Coffee
  • Ginger
  • Coconut
  • Fruit (Banana, lime, orange, passionfruit, pineapple, mango, etc.)
  • Toasted nuts
  • Honey
  • Chocolate 
  • Rose 

What to Make With Spiced Rum

Spiced rum is used as a base for many drinks and foods, both savory and sweet. Choose a good quality spiced rum to add a special twist to your favorites. 


There is no denying that spiced rum is one of the best bases for a range of cocktails. Be sure to choose a quality spiced rum with a strong, spicy flavor that holds up well to the cocktail additions. 

For one of the best spiced rum cocktails, try Pusser's Painkiller cocktail. It's sure to become a favorite!

Rum Cake

Making a rum cake is another great way to use spiced rum. A traditional Caribbean dessert, a rum cake made with spiced rum will bring some seaside vibes to every occasion.  

Spiced Rum Pairings

Sharing cocktails or spiced rum on the rocks? Here are some snack ideas to serve with it. 

  • Salted green plantain crisps
  • Jerk chicken or Caribbean-spiced meats
  • Candied nuts
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Fresh Fruit

For the Love of Spiced Rum 

Spiced rum is flavorful and fun, and provides an interesting twist on everything rum-related. Try it in your favorite rum recipes, coffee drinks, mixed drinks and cocktails, or drink it on the rocks for a satisfying spicy beverage.  

Pusser's rum has a long history of rum making, using traditional methods and high standards as its foundation. Try our Gunpowder Proof Spiced Rum, Pusser's Navy Rum, or our other award-winning rums from our collection. Let us take you on a taste journey to sun-filled Caribbean waters. 

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