Refreshing Watermelon Cocktail

Have you ever thought to juice a watermelon? Me either. I’m going to be honest here – I actually hate watermelon. I always have. Which is a shame, considering they always feature so prominently at summertime events. It’s more that I dislike the texture than the flavor though, so when I started seeing all sorts of watermelon drinks popping up lately, I knew that I would have to give them a try.

I’m glad that I did, because these were so good! Very refreshing and just the slightest bit sweet. The lime in the drink makes them resemble a margarita, so I used tequila in mine. If you don’t like tequila, I think vodka or rum would be just as good. They’re also delicious without any alcohol. I have a feeling I’ll be buying a lot of watermelons this summer!

Watermelon Cocktail

  • ½ seedless watermelon, cubed
  • ¼ c lemon simple syrup (see below)
  • juice of 3 limes
  • handful fresh mint
  • 1 cup tequila (optional)

Using a food processor of blender, puree watermelon until smooth. Strain to remove any seeds or lumps that may be there. Add lemon syrup, lime juice, and mint to a pitcher. Muddle the mint slightly with a spoon to release the flavor. Add the watermelon juice and tequila. Chill thoroughly.

Serves 8.

Lemon Simple Syrup

  • 1 c water
  • 1 c sugar
  • rind from 2 lemons, peeled into long strips

Bring all ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan. Continue to boil for 2 minutes after sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and discard lemon rind. Store at room temperature.

Yield 1 cup.


  1. Heather says:

    do you think it would be too sweet w/out any alcohol? what about mixing with seltzer to give it a little fizz?

  2. OMG that sounds so delish and I never would have thought of that either.. I am off to buy a watermelon after work to try this :) Thanks for the tip

  3. Heather- I tried it before i added the alcohol and I didn’t find it to be overly sweet, but I bet some seltzer in it would be fantastic. 1 cup of tequila in the whole pitcher really isn’t very much- it’s pretty weak for an alcoholic drink. I drank them all night on the 4th and didn’t feel it at all.

  4. hahah my husband and I were JUST talking about how overrated watermelon is! Its delicious but not what everyone makes it out to be! This little drinky on the other hand…sounds very yum!

  5. You couldn’t have posted this at a more perfect time. The weather’s just about right for this drink.

  6. Sounds like a great refreshing drink for a summer lawn party. Great recipe!

  7. great idea to make into a cocktail they blend so well don’t they

  8. I love watermelon juice–so refreshing and good. Lime and mint are great pairings.

  9. This looks so delicious and refreshing! I bet it would be great with vodka too.

  10. Lovely, lovely, lovely!! MMMMMMMMMMMMMM,…!!

  11. This sounds really refreshing and tasteful!

  12. haha I am totally allergic to watermelon, but I’m glad you enjoyed it, and I’ll definitely try the lemon simple syrup sometime!!!

  13. Yum! I made Watermelon Bloody Mary’s for the 4th. It was actually good, except that I used way too much tobasco. Usually we add in extra spices to recipes, but additional tobasco in this recipe made it hard to drink. It was pretty good otherwise-I wouldn’t have thought that watermelon, vodka, and tomato juice went together.

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