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Watermelon Rum Runner Cocktails are a fun twist on original rum runners. They’ll soon become your new favorite summer drink! Featuring fresh watermelon juice and a variety of rum, these watermelon cocktails are simple to make and will wow your guests every time you make them.
Is there anything better than sipping on a watermelon cocktail while lazing around the beach on a sunny Saturday afternoon? I think not.
These Watermelon Rum Runner Cocktails taste just as bright as a sunny southern summer day.
This simple watermelon cocktail is loaded with liquor so be forewarned. They’ll knock you for a loop!
This watermelon rum runner cocktail recipe is super easy to double or quadruple. 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.
Original Rum Runner Cocktails Recipe
Original rum runner cocktails were created in the 1950s in Key West and are 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 were so full of booze.
An original rum runner cocktail recipe calls for white rum, dark rum, banana liquor, blackberry liquor, orange juice, pineapple juice, and grenadine, but y’all know I had to zhoosh mine up a bit!
My Watermelon cocktails contain a mixture of:
- Pineapple Rum
- Citron Rum
- Silver Rum
- Triple Sec or simple syrup
- Melon liquor
- Pineapple Juice
- Freshly Juiced Watermelon
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 watermelon rum drinks:
- 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.
- Something to blend up the fruit. I have a Ninja blender, but you could also use a food processor or personal blender too.
- 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.
- 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!
- Fresh or frozen blueberries and fresh mint, for garnish, ice, and friends!
How to Make Watermelon Juice
Making watermelon juice for watermelon rum drinks 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!
More Rum Drinks to Enjoy…
Cheers to yummy summer watermelon rum drinks!
Watermelon Rum Runner Cocktails
- 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
For the Watermelon Rum Runner Cocktails:
- 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.