How to Make 3 Classic Cocktails with Detroit City Distillery’s Summer Rum

Craft your own daiquiri, mojito, and piña colada using the limited-edition spirit

Detroit City Distillery is celebrating the season with the return of its Summer Rum. Available from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the limited-edition spirit is a collaboration between the Eastern Market-based craft distiller and local bartenders from The Skip, Grey Ghost and Second Best, Kiesling, Takoi, and Monarch Club. It features a blend of rums from Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, Guyana, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“Everyone in the bar industry is anticipating the return of The Roaring Twenties and expecting a summer for the ages,” says Michael Forsyth, co-owner of Detroit City Distillery, in a press release. “When we made Summer Rum in collaboration with some of our favorite bartenders, we called it ‘Detroit’s industry love letter to rum.’ This year, that message has new meaning, because we all survived one hell of a year. We hope this rum is the celebratory drink of many and customers will support our hospitality workers like never before.”

To mark this year’s release, Detroit City Distillery is sharing three ways to use Summer Rum at home. Find the recipes below and purchase Summer Rum at Detroit City Distillery’s Tasting Room at 2462 Riopelle St., online at for in-person pickup, and at liquor stores.

3 Classic Cocktail Recipes

Traditional Daiquiri 

Traditional daiquiri - summer rum
Traditional daiquiri // Photograph courtesy of Detroit City Distillery


2 oz. Summer Rum

¾ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice

¾ oz. Simple Syrup

1 lime wedge


In a shaker with ice, combine Summer Rum, simple syrup, and freshly squeezed lime juice. Shake until well-chilled and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Classic Mojito

mojito - summer rum
Classic mojito // Photograph courtesy of Detroit City Distillery


½ oz. Simple Syrup

Six mint leaves

2 oz. Summer Rum

¾ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice

Club soda

1 mint sprig


Lightly muddle simple syrup with mint leaves in the bottom of a large rocks glass. Add Summer Rum, lime juice, and ice, and stir. Top with the club soda. Garnish with a large mint sprig.

Piña Colada 

Pina Colada - summer rum
Piña colada // Photograph courtesy of Detroit City Distillery


2 oz. Summer Rum

1 ½ oz. cream of coconut

1 ½ oz. pineapple juice

½ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice

1 pineapple wedge


Add Summer Rum, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and lime juice to a shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled Hurricane glass over pebble ice and garnish with a pineapple wedge.

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