World Rum Day is August 16, and to celebrate we’ve got three deliciously exciting cocktails to share with you.

Inspired by a cultural exchange organised by Appleton Estate, these cocktails bring out the Jamaican flair you love to see in your rum.

The concept for the exchange came about as a driver for Appletone Estate to help break down cultural barriers and bring people together.

“Aussies have always been pretty open-minded but as research shows, world events can have a significant cultural impact, and in this instance they’ve created a divide,’’ says Appleton Estate Marketing Director, Nicole Stanners.

Aussie born and bred Leah Stevens and Jamaican-born Sheldon Spencer come from completely different backgrounds, but both share a passion for cocktail making. To shake up their perspectives the pair swapped countries and immersed themselves into their new culture.

To show Aussies how mixing perspectives can bring us one step closer to unison, the duo created a cocktail called the Appleton Estate RAW which you’ll find below, along with two other rum recipes to wet your whistle.


two cocktails on wooden table

Apple Estate Raw cocktail. Image: Supplied

This cocktail combines fresh lime juice with cold pressed sugarcane (Jamaica’s most influential crop) and lemon myrtle, a delicious Australian native.


  • 30ml Appleton Estate Signature Blend
  • 15ml Appleton Estate Rare Blend
  • 25ml fresh lime juice
  • 45 to 60ml freshly pressed sugar cane juice (depending on sweetness)
  • 4 to 6 leaves of bruised/muddles fresh lemon myrtle leaves


  • Shake the two rums, lime juice and sugar cane juice, then strain over a large block of ice.
  • Garnish with a few leaves of fresh lemon myrtle leaves.


martini glass cocktail on wooden table

From Jamaica With Love. Image: Supplied

Jamaica is a melting pot of cultures. This rum cocktail embodies ‘Out of Many One People’ –  Jamaica’s motto and willingness to embrace others with open arms.

The cocktail combines different ingredients and flavours to form a rich, delicious tipple.


  • 45ml Appleton Estate Signature Blend
  • 15ml Grand Marnier
  • 15ml lime juice
  • 30ml peach & passionfruit juice
  • 10ml Monin Orgeat syrup
  • Orange twist or maraschino cherry for garnish


  • Simply shake all ingredients, then strain into a Coupe Glass
  • Garnish with an orange twist or cherry on a skewer



Jamaican Stormy. Image: Supplied

Many fine tales have begun on a dark ‘n’ stormy night. This classic dark rum cocktail is a favourite for adventurers from all around the world – people who yearn for a new horizon.


  • 30ml Appleton Estate Signature Blend
  • 100ml Ginger beer
  • 10ml fresh lime juice
  • Mint leaves and raspberries for garnish


  • Add all ingredient to a glass filled with ice, stir twice.
  • Garnish with mint leaves and raspberries