7 Thirst-Quenching Watermelon Cocktails You’ll Love
While summer is in its prime, take advantage of the watermelon while you can. You have to drink all of the watermelon cocktails. Seeds or not, the juicy fruit can do it all. Here are the best watermelon drinks to shake up while the weather’s warm.
1. Strawberry And Watermelon Sangria
Nothing says summer picnic like a watermelon and strawberry sangria, right? If you’re a sucker for all things sweet in the cocktail department, stir up some sangria on a hot summer day. Here’s a recipe for a watermelon and strawberry sangria made with rose wine, vodka, orange juice and orange liqueur. If you have rosé on hand, that’ll work just as well.
2. Watermelon Slushy
You deserve the best slushies money can buy in the summertime. Your childhood days of 7-Eleven slushies are behind you. Upgrade with a boozy watermelon slushy, made with vodka, fresh watermelon juice, Aperol, sherry, lemon, agave and crushed ice. Blend it up until it reaches a smooth consistency and top it off with black sesame seeds for garnish.
3. Bloody Mary Spiked With Watermelon Juice
We know Bloody Marys are great for the savory cocktail fans, but every once in a while it’s okay to add a little something sweet to the mix. Get your brunch on with a watermelon Bloody Mary. You’d be surprised how well watermelon juice works with the hot sauce, celery, tomato juice and Worcestershire. For those days when you want a mix of savory and sweet, this is your cocktail.
4. Watermelon Mojito
Mint and watermelon are a refreshing duo on their own, but when you mix the two together with rum, you know it’s about to get real. Try this watermelon mojito with fresh mint leaves, watermelon, light rum, simple syrup and lime juice. The smaller you chop the mint, the easier it’ll be for the flavor to spread around. You could put your mojito in the blender or serve it straight on the rocks.
5. Spicy Cachaça And Watermelon Cooler
Cachaça is a distilled Brazilian spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice. It’s most commonly used in Brazil’s national cocktail called a caipirinha, made with cachaça, sugar and lime. This cachaça cocktail brings watermelon into the routine in a spicy way with slices of jalapeño. When you want it extra spicy, let the drink chill with the jalapeño for a few hours until it reaches your perfect level of heat. Coat the rim of your glass with sugar for the full bartender effect.
6. Watermelon And Basil Gimlet
Your average gimlet has two parts gin, one part lime juice and one part soda. Give your go-to gimlet a summery twist with watermelon and basil. Go for this basil gimlet fizz with seedless watermelon cubes, sugar, basil, lime juice, vodka and seltzer. You could also try making this gimlet with gin and see how the juniper flavor pairs with the basil and watermelon.
7. Watermelon Mai Tai
A classic Mai Tai has rum, curaçao liqueur, orgeat syrup and lime juice. If you’re a fan of the original, you’ll love this watermelon Mai Tai with watermelon, pineapple juice, white rum, triple sec and grenadine.
Here’s another version of a watermelon Mai Tai with St. Germaine liqueur, watermelon, light rum and lime juice. Garnish it with an extra piece of watermelon or pineapple on the rim and you’ll be sipping your way to a tropical island.