Refreshing Watermelon Cocktail

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Refreshing Watermelon Cocktail 1

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!

Refreshing Watermelon Cocktail 2

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.

By on July 9th, 2009

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie.

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14 thoughts on “Refreshing Watermelon Cocktail”

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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


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