07/21/2014 12:35 pm ET Updated Jul 21, 2014

4 Rum Cocktails That Every Guy Should Be Able To Make

This article was originally published by AskMen UK, so don't mind the rampant Britishisms.

With summer in full swing, you’re about to get loads of outdoor drinking invites. Hopefully, these will involve some good old exotic cocktails complete with pineapple wedges and swirly straws. Or just watermelons filled with vodka. But if not, you’re about to be the guy who can step it all up a notch. Or 10. Imagine: being able to transform drinks in the garden to your very own tropical island. And how do you do that? By knowing a little bit more about rum, of course.