A refreshing watermelon alcoholic punch with hints of citrus and spiked with white rum. It’s the perfect watermelon cooler to beat the heat!

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About Watermelon Rum Punch

Summer is still in full swing, and in my house, that still means there’s plenty of good reasons to whip up this watermelon alcoholic punch.

Because, summer. I think we can all agree that the heat this year has been crazy, and what better way is there to beat it than basking in the refreshing taste of a delicious watermelon drink with hints of citrus and spiked with white rum?

I certainly don’t know a better way!

This drink actually came about because watermelons were on sale at our local grocery store, and as always, that brought up the story about how an old friend of mine knows how to select the perfect watermelon. Now, I certainly don’t question his skills – the watermelons he’s picked over the past decade have always been great – but this year he had some competition in judgment, as this is the first summer my mother has been with us.

She was with me in the store when we picked the watermelons. And, of course, an old friend of mine did his customary second review of our haul once we brought them home.

My mother thought both watermelons were good.

an old friend of mine, however, insisted that one would be far better than the other.

Watermelon Rum Punch! A refreshing watermelon alcoholic punch with hints of citrus and spiked with white rum. It's the perfect watermelon cooler to beat the heat! | HomemadeHooplah.com

So which watermelon ended up being the best to use for this watermelon alcoholic punch?

Well, if you ask me and my mother, we would have said both. I’m just happy to have watermelon at all, and she was proud of her choices. An old friend of mine, however, stuck to his guns and insisted that his pick was still the best.

But you know what? In the end, I think both watermelons tasted equally good in this watermelon cooler.

Watermelon Rum Punch! A refreshing watermelon alcoholic punch with hints of citrus and spiked with white rum. It's the perfect watermelon cooler to beat the heat! | HomemadeHooplah.com

tips & notes for this watermelon rum punch

  • Want to know how you can ensure you always buy a great-tasting watermelon? Check out this article on the best way to pick a watermelon. There are a couple different ways and, in my experience, they all seem to work pretty well. My mother relies on method #2 while an old friend of mine used method #3!
  • Like the glasses used in these pictures? You can get a similar set here: Gold Dot Wine Glasses.
  • You’ll also need a trusty food processor for this recipe. I bought the Ninja Blender System almost 10 years ago and it hasn’t failed me yet!
  • If you like this recipe, be sure to check out this one for Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade!

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How to make watermelon punch

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – In a food processor, blend watermelon until slushy, then pour through a strainer to separate the thicker pulp and seeds. Go ahead and discard anything that’s in the strainer.

Watermelon Rum Punch Step 1 - Add watermelon to a food processor. Watermelon Rum Punch Step 1 - Mix watermelon until broken down. Watermelon Rum Punch Step 1 - Strain watermelon. Watermelon Rum Punch Step 1 - Strain watermelon. Watermelon Rum Punch Step 1 - Strain watermelon to leave watermelon juice.

Step 2 – Transfer watermelon juice to a pitcher, then stir in light rum, orange juice, lime juice, and ginger beer.

Watermelon Rum Punch Step 2 - Pour watermelon juice into a pitcher. Watermelon Rum Punch Step 2 - Add white rum and ginger beer to pitcher. Watermelon Rum Punch Step 2 - Pour orange juice and lime juice to pitcher. Watermelon Rum Punch Step 2 - Stir well.

Step 3 – Serve over ice and enjoy!

Watermelon Rum Punch! A refreshing watermelon alcoholic punch with hints of citrus and spiked with white rum. It's the perfect watermelon cooler to beat the heat! | HomemadeHooplah.com

Recipe Details

Watermelon Rum Punch! A refreshing watermelon alcoholic punch with hints of citrus and spiked with white rum. It's the perfect watermelon cooler to beat the heat! | HomemadeHooplah.com
4.27 from 23 votes

Watermelon Rum Punch

10 mins prep
155 kcal
Yields: 8 drinks
A refreshing watermelon alcoholic punch with hints of citrus and spiked with white rum. It's the perfect watermelon cooler to beat the heat!

Ingredients 

  • 8 cup seedless watermelon, cut into 1 or 2 inch cubes
  • 1 cup light rum
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 1/2 cup ginger beer, (about 12oz)

Instructions

  • In food processor, blend watermelon until smooth, about 1-3 minutes.
  • Using a strainer and a large bowl, pour blended watermelon over strainer so that watermelon juice falls into the bowl. Use a spatula to move and press the watermelon against the strainer to get out all of the juice (see video above for example). Discard any solids left in the strainer.
  • Pour watermelon juice into a large pitcher with light rum, orange juice, lime juice. Stir to combine.
  • When ready to serve, add ginger beer to pitcher, then stir to combine.
  • Pour watermelon rum punch over ice and enjoy!

Notes

Recipe from Good Housekeeping.

Nutrition

Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 249mg | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 935IU | Vitamin C: 32.3mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.6mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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8 comments

    • Jwaaa

    Can you substitute the ginger beer for ginger ale?

    • Toni

    Do you know roughly how many cups of watermelon juice is used here?

    • Boyd Kobe
    • 5 stars

    Gorgeous looking watermelon rum punch! It sounds so delicious too! Perfect to enjoy at any time of the year.

    • Clare

    I made this but sadly didn’t like it. I’ll try again another time and see how I feel then.

    • Ann M Fulton
    • 5 stars

    Your nutritional values…are they per serving (8 oz?) or for the whole amount made? Like how many servicings and size would you say?

    • Eric Yee
    • 5 stars

    These are awesome for drinks! Try them with tequila 😉

    • olivia @ livforcake
    • 5 stars

    I love watermelon and this looks SO delicious. The perfect summer drink 🙂

    • Regina
    • 5 stars

    This looks like the perfect summer punch! Until this summer I only liked watermelon ‘as is’. But this year I’ve experimented with sorbet and kombucha and I bet the punch is just as awesome