Summer is finally here and what better to go with those bathing suits and barbecues than the perfect summer cocktail? 303 Magazine talked JP and Monika Krause, owners of Squeal Spiced Black Rum (the official rum sponsor of our Poolside Fashion Show), for some refreshing cocktail recipes.

This Colorado rum won the silver and the bronze medal at the International Denver Spirits Competition and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, respectively, and was rated 91 points by Tasting Panel Magazine.

The couple teamed up with Samantha Woods of Homegrown Tap & Dough and Brad Kaplan of 5280 Flair to create four signature cocktail recipes that we can now share with you. Read on to learn how to make these fun summer drinks.

Strawberry Basil Mojito


Photos courtesy of Squeal Spiced Black Rum.

2 ounces Squeal Rum
1 ounce simple syrup
5-6 strawberry slices
6-8 mint leaves
2-3 basil leaves
Soda water
Let this concoction sit for at least fifteen minutes and serve over ice.
Relaxingwithamojito is the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon, and the added strawberry and basil along with the Squeal rum will add fun flavor to this refreshing classic.

Summer Squeal Punch

2 ounces Fresh orange juice
1.25 ounces Squeal Rum
0.5 ounces Malibu Rum
Splash of Pineapple Juice
Splash of Grenadine
Serve over ice
For a crowd favorite to serve at your summer pool party, look no further than to this sweet punch, accented with Squeal rum for some added spice.

Spiced Pineapple Lime Kiss

1.5 ounces Squeal Rum
0.25 ounces Triple Sec
0.5 ounces lime juice
2 ounces Pineapple Juice
Top with soda
If you’re looking to add a little kick to a classic refreshment, the spiced rum in this fruity drink will keep the cocktails interesting.

Colorado Storm

1.5 ounces Squeal Rum
1 ounce Domain de Canton
Ginger beer
For those who love their Moscow mules, but need something a little more summer-y than vodka, this drink will be a spicy twist on the copper cup favorite.

Squeal Rum Float

1 ounce Squeal Rum

1 scoop vanilla bean ice cream

1 can/bottle of your choice of root beer
This sweet drink would betheperfectdessert to follow some BBQ, and as JP and Monika say, “Who needs a cherry on top when you could have rum?”


For something simple to mix with this spiced rum, the Krauses said that most typical sodas will mix well, and the bold flavor of Squeal rum prevents it from being lost in the flavor of the soda and adds an interesting element to this simple drink. They also recommend mixing with the classic ginger beer and pineapple juice, saying the sweet and tart flavors of this drink play off the rum nicely.