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Watermelon Cocktails For National Watermelon Day

The weekend is our time for trying new cocktail recipes, and this weekend it’s watermelon cocktails for National Watermelon Month (National Watermelon Day is coming up on August 3rd).

A glass of watermelon juice is one of our favorite summer refreshers. You can add a squeeze of lime and a splash of something white and alcoholic (gin, rum, tequila, vodka, wine).

But to celebrate National Watermelon Day, August 3rd, we’re mixing up some cocktails for a small group of friends; specifically, rum cocktails.

We start with two recipes from Hawaii’s Kōloa Rum Company, an artisanal, single-batch rum producer that we recommended for holiday gifts last year.

Their mixologists whipped up:

  • Watermelon Rum Punch, made for cocktails but also for the punch bowl. It’s a simple recipe that combines rum with watermelon, lime, sugar and club soda, and is a delightful refresher.
  • Pastel Piña Colada, given a sunset coloration with fresh watermelon. This recipe blends rum, pineapple juice, coconut cream and fresh watermelon: a summer staycation in a glass.
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    Both use Kōloa Rum’s Kauai White Rum (the category is also known as light rum and silver rum).

    They’re great for pool sipping, backyard barbecues, and watching the sunset, as well as for indoor enjoyment, of course. The recipes follow.

    > The history of watermelon.

    > The history of punch.

    > The history of the Pina Colada.

    > The history of cocktails.
     
     
     
    RECIPE: WATERMELON RUM PUNCH

    Ingredients

  • 4 ounces Kōloa Kauai White Rum (or substitute)
  • 3 cups watermelon, cubed
  • 1 large lime, juiced
  • 1/2 large lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 ounces club soda
  • Ice cubes
  • Handful fresh mint leaves
  • Garnish: lime wedge, mint leaves and/or watermelon wedge
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    Preparation

    1. COMBINE the watermelon, juice of 1 lime, and sugar in a blender; blend until liquid.

    2. MUDDLE the mint and remaining lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add the rum, watermelon mixture, and ice; shake or stir well.

    3. STRAIN into rocks glasses over fresh ice and top with club soda. Garnish as desired.
     
     
    RECIPE #2: PASTEL PIÑA COLADA

    The pastel comes from the watermelon because the watermelon turns the cream of coconut pink.

    Ingredients For 2 Standard Or 1 Large Cocktails(s)

  • 2 ounces Kōloa Kauai White Rum (or substitute)
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce cream of coconut
  • 1 cup fresh watermelon, seeded and cubed
  • 1 cup ice
  • Garnish: pineapple wedge
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    Preparation

    1. ADD all ingredients to a blender and blend until liquid. Pour into a tall glass, garnish and serve.
     
     
    MORE WATERMELON COCKTAIL RECIPES
    Spicy Watermelon Margarita
    Watermelon Cocktail With Gin & Pineapple Juice

  • Watermelon-Cucumber Summer Splash
  • Watermelon Gin Martini
  • Watermelon Margarita< #1
  • Watermelon Margarita #2
  • Watermelon Mint Lemonade
  • Watermelon Vodka Martini
  • Watermelon Wave & 5 More Watermelon Cocktails
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  • NON-ALCOHOLIC WATERMELON DRINKS
  • Watermelon Iced Tea Recipes
  • Watermelon Mint Lemonade
  • Watermelon Mojito Mocktail
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    WATERMELON DISHES

  • Baked Fish With Watermelon Salsa
  • Chilled Papaya & Watermelon Soup
  • Grilled Spicy Watermelon
  • Pickled Watermelon Rind
  • Savory Watermelon Recipes
  • Watermelon Buying & Storing Tips
  • Watermelon Caprese Salad
  • Watermelon Salad With Feta & Thai Basil
  • Watermelon Salad With Tomato, Basil & Chives
  • Watermelon Salsa With Corn & Black Beans
  • Watermelon Turkey
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    ABOUT KŌLOA RUM COMPANY

    Established in 2009, Kōloa Rum Company produces artisanal, single-batch Hawaiian rum and ready-to-drink cocktails at its distillery in Kalāheo, Kaua’i and operates Hawai’i’s first distilled spirits Tasting Room and Company Store.

    The company’s award-winning portfolio includes its premium Kaua’i White, Gold, Dark, Spice, Coconut, Coffee, Cacao, and Aged rums, in addition to a collection of delicious ready-to-drink cocktails.

    Products are available for purchase online, at select retailers nationwide, and internationally in Australia, Canada and Japan. For more information, visit KolaRum.com.

     


    [1] Watermelon Rum Punch (photos #1, #2 and #3 © Kōloa Rum).


    [2] Pastel Piña Colada.

    Koloa White Rum Bottle At The Beach
    [3] Kōloa White Rum.

    Non-Alcoholic Watermelon Cooler
    [4] Watermelon cooler: no alcohol required (photo © Edward Howell | Unsplash).

    Watermelon Growing In The Field
    [5] How watermelons grow (photo by Fred Hsu | Wikimedia Commons).

    Watermelon, Corn & Bean Salsa Recipe
    [6] Watermelon salsa. Serve it with tortilla chips. Here’s the recipe (photos #6 and #7 © National Watermelon Promotion Board).

    Watermelon Caprese Salad Recipe
    [7] Watermelon Caprese Salad. Here’s the recipe.

     

     
     

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