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Watermelon Rum Runner Cocktails

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Watermelon Rum Runner Cocktails are a fun twist on original rum runners and will become your new favorite summer drink! Featuring fresh watermelon juice and a variety of rum, this summer spirit is simple to make and will wow your guests each and every time you make them.

Close up of watermelon rum runner cocktail with blueberries and a sprig of fresh mint

Is there anything better than sipping on an awesome cocktail while lazing around on the beach on a sunny Saturday afternoon? I think not.

These Watermelon Rum Runners are amazing to bring along on those days and taste just as bright as a sunny southern summer day.

Like original rum runners, this simple cocktail is loaded with liquor so be forewarned. They’ll knock you for a loop so try to share them with a friend (or four) or maybe even a crowd?

This rum runner recipe is super easy to double or quadruple so you can serve them up as a party punch by the pool or while at a birthday party, work picnic, or any beach or tropical themed shindig.

Close up of a large slice of watermelon

Original Rum Runner Recipe

Apparently, original rum runners were created in the 1950s in Key West and named after real “rum runners” or bootleggers. They would smuggle in rum during prohibition and would then hide away when tax collectors were making their rounds. Huh! Who knew?

Many moons ago I was a bartender working at an outdoor bar in downtown Charleston, and Long Island Iced Teas and Rum Runners were major sellers because they’re so full of booze.

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Two pink watermelon rum runners with blueberries in glass mugs

The original rum runner recipe calls for white rum, dark rum, banana liquor, blackberry liquor, orange juice, pineapple juice, and grenadine, but y’all know I had to zsoosh mine up a bit!  

My Watermelon Rum Runners contain a mixture of:

  • Pineapple Rum
  • Citron Rum
  • Silver Rum
  • Triple Sec or simple syrup
  • Melon liquor
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Freshly Juiced Watermelon.
Close up of watermelon cubes in a blender

Items Needed to Make
Watermelon Rum Runner Cocktails

You won’t need a lot, but you do need just a few tools to make these libations:

  1. A seedless watermelon! Half of a seedless watermelon will yield nearly the exact amount of watermelon cubes you’ll need for 4-6 servings of this recipe.
  2. Something to blend up the fruit. I have a Ninja blender, but you could also use a food processor or personal blender too.
  3. A fine mesh strainer or sieve to strain out any seeds and watermelon chunks. This stainless sieve set is the best and comes in handy when making soups and custards too.
  4. A glass pitcher and set of cute glasses. You need glass pitchers and glasses here because the color of the fresh watermelon juice is a showstopper plus, with the blueberries floating around, these rum runners look like watermelon in a glass! This pitcher is cool because it adds an extra layer of filtration too, and I adore these cute mason jar mugs!
  5. Fresh or frozen blueberries and fresh mint, for garnish, ice, and friends!
Overhead view of pink watermelon rum runner with blueberries garnished with fresh mint

How to Make Watermelon Juice

Making watermelon juice is so incredibly easy! It really is nothing more than cutting up the watermelon into chunks, blending it in a high speed blender or food processor, and straining it into a large pitcher. That’s it!

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More Rum Cocktails to Enjoy

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Watermelon Rum Runner Cocktails

Watermelon Rum Runner Cocktails are a fun twist on original rum runners and will become your new favorite summer drink! Featuring fresh watermelon juice and a variety of rum, this summer spirit is simple to make and will wow your guests each and every time you make them.
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Course: Beverage Sassy Hour
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy cocktail recipes, original rum runner, rum runner cocktail, summer drink, watermelon cocktail, watermelon juice
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 113kcal
Author: Amber

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh watermelon juice
  • 1 shot (1.5 ounces) Pineapple Rum like Bacardi Pineapple
  • 1 shot (1.5 ounces) Citron Rum like Bacardi Citron
  • 1 shot (1.5 ounces )Silver Rum like Bacardi Silver
  • 1 shot Melon Liquor like Midori
  • 1 shot triple sec or simple syrup or coconut rum!
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • Fresh or frozen blueberries and fresh mint for garnish

Instructions

For the Watermelon Rum Runner Cocktails:

  • Add the flesh of 1/2 of a standard seedless watermelon, roughly 5 or 6 cups, to a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth and no chunks remain.
  • Place a fine mesh sieve over a glass pitcher and add the blended watermelon, straining the juice from the flesh. Stir the flesh inside the sieve to help the juice flow strain faster.
  • Stir rum, melon liquor, triple sec, and pineapple juice into the watermelon juice, and mix well.
  • Pour into mugs filled with ice and top with blueberries and fresh mint.
  • Enjoy!
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Notes

Note: To make simple syrup, boil one cup water with one cup sugar until the sugar completely dissolves. Remove from heat and use in the Watermelon Rum Runner cocktails once cooled. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g

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