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Rum Lemonade Cocktail Recipe

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Rum lemonade is going to bring summer to your doorstep, no matter when you decide to drink it. This cocktail tastes best when served in a tall glass full of ice, while you wait for the grill to heat up.

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What is Rum Lemonade ?

Rum lemonade is a simple, casual drink that’s both easy to prepare and easy to remember. In the heat of summer, when you’re looking for a quick and easy cocktail recipe look no further ! If you’ve got your favorite rum on-hand, and some lemonade you can easily make this crowd pleaser. 

It takes a leaf from vodka lemonade’s book, but you could just as easily swap the rum for gin and end up with a similarly delicious drink. 

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Rum Lemonade Cocktail Recipe

Ioana Ciuraru
A delicious way to enjoy your lemonade, with funky, deep rum notes.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1.5 oz dark rum
  • 3 oz lemonade


  • Get a rocks or Collins glass, fill it halfway with ice.
  • Pour in rum, then lemonade. Stir to combine.


A sprig of mint would go well with this, if your lemonade doesn't already have mint.

When is this drink best ?

I think rum lemonade is fantastic as a summer cocktail – it’s right in the name ! Lemonade and summer go hand in hand, and rum is one of the most famous summery spirits I can think of. 

I can see rum lemonade served in any setting, from a backyard cookout to a dinner outing with friends, a family gathering, or even by yourself by the pool at you favorite vacation spot. 

My thoughts on Rum Lemonade

I liked rum lemonade quite a lot, since it think rum is possibly the best spirit to go with lemonade (after gin). I used dark rum, since I like the funky flavor and extra caramel notes. The lemonade tastes largely the same, but with some musky, sexy rum notes that are hard to say no to.

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If you like Rum Lemonade, you might also like…

Vodka Lemonade – an equally simple mix

Caribeno – a rum and coconut water highball

Rum Collins – a rum & soda mix, refreshing and bubbly

Mojito – the epitome of rum summer drinks

Notes, substitutes, and tips

The quality of your spiked lemonade will hinge entirely on the quality of your lemonade. Make sure it’s flavorful enough to handle the rum, and feel free to experiment. Lemon lemonade is great, but what about sneaking in a bit of blood orange or grapefruit ? Or just a hint of mint ?

The recipe calls for dark rum, but if you want to use a different one (like light rum) feel free to do so. Just keep in mind the rum flavor will be less potent. 

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