Can You Mix Vodka and Rum? Everything You Need to Know


A variety of cocktails require a mixture of two or more liquors. While this is relatively safe, you want to ensure that your body can handle the additional alcohol content.

Two popular liquors you may consider mixing are vodka and rum. But can you mix vodka and rum safely? What does the result taste like? Which drinks can you make with this combination? Keep reading to learn the answer to these questions and more.

Can You Mix Vodka and Rum?

In short, yes, you can mix vodka and rum. In fact, this is actually a great combination. 

For starters, vodka is an excellent choice for mixed drinks, as it doesn’t have as overpowering a flavor as other alcohol. It complements other flavors exceptionally well while also adding a significant alcohol content to your drink.

On the other hand, rum has a distinct flavor of oak with a hint of sweetness. Rum also comes in several varieties, which can make unique-tasting drinks. For example, if you want a lighter drink, it’s best to opt for light rum. However, an aged dark rum will do the trick if you want a drink with a deeper flavor.

Now that you know you can mix vodka and rum, why not try it yourself? There are a variety of drinks made with vodka and rum. Let’s explore what they are.

Friends at a bar toasting with vodka shots

Drinks You Can Make With Vodka and Rum

Vodka and rum are a more popular combination than you may think. To give you some ideas, here are a few popular drinks to try.

Swimming Pool

This German drink is inspired by the pina colada. This cocktail has equal parts white rum and vodka mixed with pineapple juice and cream, with blue curacao creating the signature blue color. Although this version is shaken, you can blend it with ice for the perfect summer drink.


  • 1 ounce of white rum
  • 1 ounce of vodka
  • 1 ounce of blue curacao 
  • 2 ounces of heavy cream
  • 2 ounces of coconut cream
  • Ice


  1. Add the rum, vodka, heavy cream, and coconut cream to a shaker with ice and shake.
  2. Add the blue curacao last and shake again to attain color.
  3. Serve in a tall glass, and enjoy!

Jungle Juice

Jungle juice is a popular large-scale drink at college parties because of how easy and even nonsensical it is to make. However, it’s a fun drink to make, and you can truly make it with anything you can find and whatever’s in your liquor cabinet. That said, rum and vodka are the perfect mix for this drink. Just make sure that you have a large punch bowl.

Be warned, this drink isn’t for the faint of heart. Even just one glass may be enough for the rest of the night!


  • Bottle of rum of choice
  • Bottle of vodka of choice
  • 1 pint of strawberries, cut (or fruit of your choice)
  • 1 cup of orange slices
  • 1 gallon of lemonade
  • ½ gallon of fruit juice of your choice
  • ½ gallon of fruit punch
  • Optional 2 cups of club soda


  1. Add your strawberries to the bottom of your punch bowl.
  2. Pour in all of the juices and liquor and stir well.
  3. Top with club soda and orange slices
  4. If you can, let the punch sit overnight to blend the flavors.
Cocktail in glass filled with ice with pineapple and candles in background

Long Island Iced Tea

This drink is a little more than just vodka and rum. Known as the tea without any tea, Long Island iced tea combines rum, vodka, gin, and tequila. One of these drinks is enough to feel a buzz the entire night.


  • 1 ounce of vodka
  • 1 ounce of white rum
  • 1 ounce of tequila
  • 1 ounce of gin
  • 1 ounce of triple sec
  • 1 ounce of simple syrup
  • 1 ounce of lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • Coca-Cola to top
  • Optional lemon for garnish


  1. Add the rum, vodka, tequila, gin, simple syrup, triple sec, and lemon juice to a highball glass filled with ice.
  2. Top with a splash of the cola and stir.
  3. Add garnish lemon wedge and serve.

The Verdict: Mixing Vodka and Rum Is OK

Now that you know you can mix rum and vodka, it’s time to experiment. 

While mixing the two alcohols won’t make you sick, keep in mind that mixing vodka and rum may lead to overconsumption of liquor. Be sure to drink responsibly and in moderation for your safety and the safety of others.

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