Rum Java Float with Spiced Rum

Make a very grownup treat with this Rum Java Float. Coffee, Rum and Orgeat Syrup makes for a delicious adult beverage!

Rum Java Float

I might have promised a new cocktail for today…and you might have thought it wasn’t going to happen but I never promised an early morning post! I had planned to do a Mojito type cocktail with lime sherbet (and I will soon) but the folks at Sugar Island Rum asked me if I would like to feature this Rum Java Float and I thought it sounded perfect for Father’s Day. A day to celebrate dad doesn’t mean there can’t be a bit of whimsy right?

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This was, in a word, yummy. I’m not going to wax poetic as if this is the most sophisticated cocktail ever made and sometimes, the oft maligned ‘yummy’ really fits. It’s cold and sweet like a float should be but the combination of rum and coffee provides a great balance to that sweetness. After so many years of loving Irish Coffee I feel I’ve done a disservice to rum that I never combined coffee with rum in a cocktail before.

Orgeat SyrupOrgeat Syrup is the only ingredient that might not be readily available in your bar; although it is easy to find at most liquor stores. Made with almonds, sugar and orange flower water, it adds a nice, albeit slight, almond taste to the mix. Do you have to run out and buy a bottle?

Not really. I love it but the shelf life is short and buying a whole bottle seems a waste if not making a giant batch of these. You can also make your own but if you want this cocktail for Father’s Day…uh oh, there’ s 2 week wait for it to have the flavors meld.

In lieu of having some available, I would honestly just add a touch of Amaretto if it’s available or even just a hint of almond extract. It’s a subtle addition and the drink won’t suffer if you don’t have any. It’s that rum and coffee that makes it…did I say YUMMY!

Sugar Island Spiced RumSugar Island Spiced Rum was a nice addition to this cocktail and in my opinion what it’s best used for. It’s sweet and for some carries a harsh end note but if combined as a mixer those worked in it’s favor. I’m not one to typically used a spiced rum (and spiced usually means vanilla, which I don’t really think of as ‘spicy’). It would work well in a simple rum and coke too; one of my go to cocktails when I’m not in the mood to fuss AT ALL.

Rum Java Float

Make one for Dad this weekend. Or mom. Or you…it’s cold delicious and I repeat myself…YUMMY!

Rum Java Float

Rum Java Float

Creative Culinary
Rum Java Float is a fun combination of rum, coffee, and vanilla ice cream and makes a delicious adult treat.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Rum
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Cocktails
Calories 204 kcal


  • 4 ounces dark rum
  • 5 ounces coffee cold pressed
  • 1 ounce Orgeat Syrup
  • ½ cup Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 2 ounces Sparkling Water chilled
  • 1 Maraschino Cherries optional


  • Combine the rum, coffee and orgeat syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until very cold. Divide the mixture (with ice) into two glasses.
  • Top with a scoop of ice cream and top with a bit of sparkling water and stir. Garnish with a cherry and serve!


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Keyword coffee, float, java, rum
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  1. Love rum! And coffee. I’ve put the two together in desserts plenty of times, but can’t recall making a drink that used both of them. But I will, I will. 🙂 This is indeed yummy. And delicious. Gotta stop letting the writing police tell us what words we can and can’t use. 🙂

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