Our Most Refreshing Watermelon Cocktail Recipes
Sip on the sweet fruit with these super-summery slushies, coolers, and cocktails.
Whether you're enjoying a picnic in the park or sitting poolside, there's no denying that biting into a thick wedge of juicy watermelon is one of summer's simplest pleasures. It's sweet, refreshing, and instantly cools you off. And while the the pink fruit is delicious on its own, it also makes for a delicious base for fabulous cocktails and mocktails. Watermelon margaritas are a well-known option, but that just scratches the surface of the many drink recipes that you can make with summer's best watermelon.
All of these recipes start with puréed watermelon, which you can whip up in a blender. Before adding it to liquor, lemonade, or other mixers, strain it through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any seeds or pulp and ensure that the juice is as smooth and homogenous as it can be.
From here, play around with different watermelon drink recipes. It's a genius pairing with a playful liquor such as tequila or rum that's guaranteed to please during the summer months. Or try our fun twist on a classic cosmopolitan, which departs from the 90s staple with the inclusion of pop rocks, the vibrant, crackling crystals that instantly take this drink to a whole new level.
We also have plenty of family-friendly watermelon drink recipes—or mocktails—sans alcohol, such as a watermelon-inspired Arnold Palmer and a bright pink cooler made with fresh lime juice and sugar. Kids can enjoy all that watermelon has to offer, too.
From margaritas and mojitos to big-batch beverages that you can leave in the fridge and pour whenever you're craving something sweet, get in the spirit of summer with these watermelon drink recipes.
Yellow Watermelon Margaritas
Iced Watermelon-Lemon Tea
Quench your thirst with this family-friendly watermelon drink recipe that calls for just two ingredients—puréed fresh watermelon juice and store-bought half-and-half lemonade-with-tea.
Pop Rocks Cosmopolitan
This watermelon drink recipe is just as delicious booze-free as it is with a little bit of vodka for adults. You can make it in advance by chilling a mixture of puréed watermelon, fresh lime juice, and sugar in the refrigerator until it's time to serve.
Everyone's favorite punchy rum beverage gets a blast of sweetness from half of a small, seedless watermelon, which contributes a bright pink color and juicy flavor.
Frozen watermelon makes the perfect slushie. Dice it, freeze, and then take it into a grown-up direction by blending with vodka and Prosecco for a hot-weather refresher.
Basil Gimlet Fizz
Watermelon Bloody Marys
Not just for brunch, the classic Bloody Mary shows its sweeter side with the addition of puréed watermelon.
Frozen Melon-Margarita Pops
Soak pieces of melon in a tequila-Grand Marnier-lime-juice mix and freeze for an easy adult watermelon drink recipe that's just right for a staycation.