Root Beer and Rum Cocktail

This is an easy spiked root beer cocktail full of root beer flavor with a touch of rum. Perfect cocktail for parties, football, and gatherings.

My husband has a favorite root beer cocktail at one of our local restaurants that he loves. Although there is never anything quite like the real thing, this is a good substitution for their root beer cocktail if you can’t get to Stillwater, MN for the real thing!

I have swapped bourbon for rum in this cocktail and liked it. Coconut rum is also a fun swap!

Easy spiked root beer cocktail. Full of root beer flavor with a touch of alcohol. Perfect cocktail for parties, football, and gatherings.

This particular root beer cocktail is crazy easy to make with ingredients we usually already have on hand. This cocktail makes a great party drink, as well!

Try adding a scoop of ice cream for an adult root beer float! Great for summer barbecues!

You could make up a big batch of everything except the root beer and keep it in the fridge. Set it out on a table with glasses and simple instructions on how much of the mix and how much of the root beer to add.

root beer cocktail

Tip: the stronger root beer you use makes the alcohol less pronounced (a good or bad thing, depending :))

I use homemade vanilla simple syrup which is crazy easy to make and only takes 3 ingredients. However, you could use a plain simple syrup and add a drop of vanilla to the glass, or try using vanilla coffee syrup in small amounts. Simply test a small bit to make sure you get the sweetness level how you want it.

easy cocktail with rootbeer and rum or bourbon

The best part, your kids can have “kiddie cocktails” while you have yours. Simply sub out alcohol for more root beer, carbonated water, or juice. Cut down on all the ingredients and stuff you might need and stick with this single cocktail. You’ll have happy parents and happy kids!

What alcohol goes with root beer?

Rum and Bourbon are my faves for rootbeer. They pair well with the deep earthy flavor of root beer. Skip more floral liquors like gin or St. Germain.

I have always liked the idea of being a bartender for a few months. Maybe I have watched too much Cheers but I have this idea in my head that I would be able to learn so many things about different kinds of people. The stories, and conversations I might overhear intrigues me. Maybe I am just nosy :). People are my thing and bartenders sure see and hear from alot of people, each day.

I think I would like that. Eh, maybe I’m nuts.

Just a day or two a month as a bartender.

The quality root beer you use makes a big difference in the taste of this cocktail.

There is something so special about getting together with friends and family enjoying a cocktail, meal, cake, or cup of coffee.

Give this cocktail a try. We recommend inviting friends over for an easy cocktail night. They will love this drink and you can rest easy knowing it is easy to make and fun to serve!

Easy spiked root beer cocktail. Full of root beer flavor with a touch of alcohol. Perfect cocktail for parties, football, and gatherings.
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Root BeerCocktail

A crazy easy cocktail full of refreshing root beer and rum flavor! Great for summer parties.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword cocktail, root beer, rum
Prep Time 5 minutes
# of servings 1 serving
Calories 225kcal


  • 1 teaspoons vanilla syrup
  • 1.5 ounces rum bourbon also works great!
  • 4 ounces root beer
  • orange peel
  • ice


  • Mix vanilla and rum, stir well.
  • Add ice.
  • Top with rootbeer and orange peel.


Calories: 225kcalCarbohydrates: 3gSodium: 1mgSugar: 3g
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This is an easy cocktail recipe with only 3 ingredients! A fun drink recipe for a crowd. #cocktail #recipe #3ingredient

Other easy cocktails to try:

Orange Rum Sunset Cocktail

Bourbon Smash Cocktail

Rhubarb Margarita

Sex in a Snowbank Cocktail

Ginger and Rosemary Fizz


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