One sip and I got excited. "I love this drink! I love it!"
I drink a lot of watermelon cocktails during the summer, but for some reason, I've never paired watermelon with rum before. With tequila and vodka and gin, yes, but never rum.
My mistake, because it turns out that watermelon + good dark rum is cocktail magic!
This is my version of the drink I had that night.
This is the important part--you don't want to puree--you want there to be chunks of watermelon, because then the fruit absorbs the rum and once you drink the liquid part, you can dig a spoon down to the bottom and enjoy spoonfuls of boozy fruit while you wait for the bartender to pour you another one.
Some fresh lime juice, a bit of brown sugar if you'd like, crushed ice, and a good golden or dark rum (NOT spiced). I used a Venezuelan rum called "Diplomatico," but I also love "Flor de Caña" rum from Nicaragua. Go ahead and pick your favorite!
Loved this recipe? Here are a couple other watermelon recipes you might like:
- Shrimp Tacos with Watermelon Pico de Gallo
- Spicy Watermelon Tequila Cocktails with no added sugar
- Watermelon Tomato & Burrata Salad
Thanks so much for reading!
Smashed Watermelon Rum Cocktail
Makes 1 cocktail, multiply as needed
1 1/2 cups diced seedless watermelon, chilled
1 fresh lime, juiced
1 teaspoon raw brown sugar (optional)
2 oz. gold or dark rum (not spiced)
Combine watermelon, lime juice, and sugar (if using) in the bottom of a tall cocktail glass. Use a muddler to mash the watermelon. Add the rum, stir, then add crushed ice and stir again before serving.