Rubber Ducky Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol by volume:10%

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Rubber Ducky cocktail is a playful and vibrant drink that has gained popularity for its fun presentation and sweet, fruity flavor profile. It's a hit at summer parties and is especially beloved by those who enjoy sweeter cocktails.

  • Origins While the exact origin of the Rubber Ducky cocktail is not well-documented, it is believed to have been inspired by the bright colors and whimsy of poolside drinks.
  • Popularity This cocktail has found its way into the hearts of many due to its Instagram-worthy appearance and easy-drinking nature.
  • Audience It's particularly popular among young adults and those who are young at heart.

How Rubber Ducky Tastes?

The Rubber Ducky cocktail is a sweet and fruity concoction with a tropical twist. The Midori provides a melon-like sweetness, while the peach schnapps adds a soft, peachy flavor. The cranberry juice offers a slight tartness that balances the sweetness, making it a refreshing and delightful drink.

Interesting facts about Rubber Ducky

  • The name 'Rubber Ducky' is a nod to the classic bath toy, suggesting the drink is as fun as bath time for kids.
  • This cocktail is often served in a highball glass, which allows for plenty of ice to keep it cool.
  • The vibrant green color of Midori makes the Rubber Ducky cocktail visually striking and a favorite for themed parties.


Midori Melon Liqueur

Midori is the secret garden from which the emerald shine of our Rubber Ducky springs! At 1.5 oz, it’s just enough to infuse the drink with its sweet melon punch without turning the cocktail into a fruit basket on wheels. Less Midori, and you’ll lose that melony hug; more, and the other flavors might just pack up and leave. No Midori? Try substituting with watermelon schnapps for a different, yet still 'green' melon twist.

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Peach Schnapps

The sweet whisper in our funky concoction, 1.5 oz of peach schnapps, adds just the right amount of orchard breeze to our Rubber Ducky. Not enough, and the drink might seem a bit too tart; too much, and it’s like biting into a sugary peach pillow. If schnapps isn't in your bar, consider a splash of peach juice for a less boozy bella.

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Cranberry Juice

This 3 oz tide of cranberry juice is what gives our Rubber Ducky its lovely pinkish hue, and a tart backbone to contrast the sweet melodies of melon and peach. A little less, and the liqueurs might overwhelm; a little more, and you'll be navigating a cranberry bog. If cranberry just isn’t your thing, pomegranate juice could add a similar tangy kick with an added depth of flavor.

Alex Green

Ice Cubes

As needed, these little arctic dancers chill the mix, keeping your sips as cool as a penguin's pajamas. Too few ice cubes, and the drink might feel like a lukewarm handshake; too many, and it's Titanic all over again. If you like your cocktails on the rocks but want to avoid dilution, consider using a larger ice cube that melts slower.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Rubber Ducky Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour 1.5 oz of Midori melon liqueur over the ice.
  3. Add 1.5 oz of peach schnapps.
  4. Top with 3 oz of cranberry juice.
  5. Stir gently to mix the ingredients.
  6. Garnish with a slice of lime or a small rubber ducky if you're feeling whimsical.

Pro Tips

  • For a less sweet version, use unsweetened cranberry juice and adjust the amount of liqueurs to taste.
  • Chill your glass in the freezer for a few minutes before making the drink to keep it extra cool.
  • If you're serving this at a party, pre-mix a large batch without ice and keep it chilled in the fridge. Serve over ice as needed.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Platter: Creamy cheeses like brie or camembert pair well with the sweet and fruity flavors of the Rubber Ducky cocktail.
  • Fruit Skewers: Fresh fruit skewers with melon, peach, and pineapple complement the melon and peach flavors from the liqueurs.
  • Sushi: Light and fresh sushi rolls, especially those with a side of sweet dipping sauce, would balance the cocktail's sweetness.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken: A light herb-seasoned grilled chicken breast would not overpower the fruity cocktail.
  • Seafood Pasta: A seafood pasta with a light cream or lemon sauce pairs nicely for a summery feel.


  • Lemon Sorbet: The tartness of lemon sorbet would provide a refreshing contrast to the sweetness of the drink.
  • Peach Cobbler: Emphasize the peach schnapps element by pairing the Rubber Ducky with a warm peach cobbler.

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What you could change in Rubber Ducky

  • Midori melon liqueur: You can substitute with watermelon liqueur if you prefer a different melon flavor.
  • Peach schnapps: Try apricot brandy for a slightly more complex, less sweet flavor.
  • Cranberry juice: Pomegranate juice can be a great alternative, offering a similar tartness but with a deeper flavor profile.

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And of course - twists🍹

Rubber Ducky 'Blue Lagoon'

Ingredients: 1.5 oz Blue Curacao, 1.5 oz Peach Schnapps, 3 oz Pineapple Juice, Ice cubes Recipe: Follow the same steps as the original, but replace Midori with Blue Curacao and cranberry juice with pineapple juice. This twist creates a tropical lagoon where your taste buds can swim in a sea of citrus and peach.

Spicy Ducky

Ingredients: 1.5 oz Midori melon liqueur, 1.5 oz Peach Schnapps, 3 oz Cranberry juice, A dash of Tabasco sauce, Ice cubes Recipe: Add a dash of Tabasco to the cocktail mix before stirring. This fiery twist will paddle your ducky through spicy waters, adding a kick that contrasts the sweet and fruity flavors.

Fizzy Ducky

Ingredients: 1 oz Midori melon liqueur, 1 oz Peach Schnapps, 2 oz Cranberry juice, 1 oz Club Soda, Ice cubes Recipe: Cut down on the liqueurs and juice, and top with club soda for a bubbly lift-off. This fizzy twist adds an effervescent dimension, making it a refreshing change from the still waters of the original.

In case you forgot basics how to make Rubber Ducky

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Rubber Ducky

What type of glass is best suited for serving a Rubber Ducky cocktail?

A highball glass is typically used for serving the Rubber Ducky cocktail, as it provides ample space for ice and the colorful layers of the drink.

Can I make the Rubber Ducky cocktail a non-alcoholic beverage?

Yes, you can substitute the alcoholic ingredients with non-alcoholic syrups or juices that have similar flavor profiles to create a mocktail version.

Is the Rubber Ducky suitable for batch making for parties?

Absolutely, the Rubber Ducky cocktail can easily be premixed in large quantities and chilled for parties. Just add ice when serving to keep it cool and refreshing.

What are some fun garnishes for the Rubber Ducky cocktail aside from a lime slice?

Creative garnishes could include colorful fruit skewers, edible flowers, or even small novelty umbrellas to enhance the playful and summery vibe of the drink.

How can I adjust the Rubber Ducky cocktail if it's too sweet for my taste?

To reduce sweetness, you can decrease the amount of liqueurs and increase the cranberry juice content, especially if you opt for a less sweet, more tart variety of juice.

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