May Day Rum Cocktail

May Day Cocktail - Blended Fruit Drink
The Spruce Eats / S&C Design Studios
  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 2 cocktails (2 servings)

The May Day cocktail is a bounty of fruit trapped inside a rum-spiked slushy. It's a recipe made for two and you'll definitely want to share this one because its flavor is extraordinary.

Where many frozen cocktails feature a single fruit or maybe a pair, this one packs it in with passion fruit, peach, strawberry, and apple. It tops all that with the spicy zing of freshly grated ginger, then backs it up with your favorite rum. It may take a little time to wash and cut all the fruits, but the end result is worth every minute!


  • 1​ cup ice (crushed)
  • 2 peaches (ripe, pitted and roughly chopped)
  • 4​ strawberries (sliced)
  • 2 passion fruit (flesh and seeds)
  • 2 teaspoons ginger (fresh, grated)
  • 3 ounces​ rum
  • 4 ounces apple juice (cloudy)
  • 1 tablespoon superfine sugar
  • Garnish: apple fans

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a blender, add the ice and all of the fresh produce. Blend quickly to chop and combine.

  3. Add the rum, apple juice, and sugar and blend until smooth and well-mixed.

  4. Pour the mix equally into two highball glasses.

  5. Garnish with an apple fan.

  6. Serve and enjoy!


  • Be sure to rinse all the fruit first. Peel the peaches and ginger if you prefer; strawberries should have the green stem removed; scoop out the flesh and seeds of passion fruit.
  • For the rum, it's not necessary to pour your best bottle in this drink because of all the bold flavors. A good, smooth white rum that you'd use in a drink like the strawberry daiquiri will do just fine.
  • Cloudy apple juice is filtered only once. If you cannot find it at the store, regular apple juice or apple cider will work.
  • To create an apple fan garnish, cut a few thin slices from a half or whole apple (depending on the size of your glass and the fruit). Then fan them out so they're overlapping slightly and rest them upright along the side of the glass. Use a skewer to hold them in place if needed.
  • When you cut the apples for the garnish, dunk them in lemon juice immediately. This will halt the oxidation process that turns the fruit's flesh brown and make a better looking garnish.

Recipe Variation

As a substitute for fresh passion fruit (which isn't always available), use passion fruit juice or puree. About 2 ounces of either should be perfect for this recipe.

How Strong Is a May Day Cocktail?

Estimating the alcohol content of a drink like this is difficult because all of the fruits are variable. Yet, the May Day cocktail is going to generally be a very light drink. On average, it should weigh in somewhere around 6 percent ABV (12 proof) when made with an 80 proof rum. That's about the same as drinking a beer, only fruitier!

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