Christmas Cooler Cocktail Recipe

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serves: 1
Skill: easy
If you’re looking for a delicious Christmas cocktail then you’ve come to the right place. Thanks to its fruity flavours and a good dash of bitters, this Christmas cooler will transport you to sunnier climes in the middle of winter. The tropical flavours of rum and watermelon are also perfect for a hot summer’s evening (enjoy over lots of ice), so don’t feel like you can only enjoy this tipple in the depths of December.
Our Christmas cooler is the perfect tipple for Christmas cocktail parties and gatherings. Because it’s such a simple recipe, it is great for making up in bulk for parties. Try serving up the Christmas cooler in a big punch bowl for everyone to help themselves. The refreshing taste of fresh watermelon and mint is also the perfect antidote to rich Christmas party food. The flavours of this juicy cocktail go perfectly with savoury nibbles like cheese straws, Parma ham and mozzarella crostini or other small bites. 
The pinky-red colour from the watermelon and angostura bitters gives this delicious drink a festive twist. It’ll look great served up in pretty martini glasses. We like a mix and match, eclectic feel using different shapes and sizes of glasses. You can often pick these up in charity shops or at boot fairs and it will give your party a sophisticated edge – nobody will know they’re bargain glasses once they’re filled with a pretty cocktail.
Make life easier by mixing up the cooler a couple of hours ahead of your Christmas cocktails party. Leave to chill in the fridge while you get ready for your guests. 


Recipe courtesy of Ron Zacapa


  • 60ml Ron Zacapa Rum
  • 8 tbsp of watermelon
  • 2 dash angostura bitters
  • 15ml mint syrup
  • 5 mint leaves


  • Muddle the watermelon in a cocktail shaker.

  • Shake all the ingredients together.

  • Double strain into a chilled martini glass.

  • Garnish with mint leaves.

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