Watermelon-Lime-Mint Cooler

watermelon-lime-mint cooler cocktail
Photo: Linda Xiao
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
6 to 8 Serves

Taking a sip of this refreshing drink feels like a dip in the pool on a steamy day. It's inspired by the fruity Mexican drink agua fresca and is made with chopped watermelon, mint syrup, fresh lime juice, and a handful of ice.


  • ¼ cup sugar

  • ¼ cup lightly packed mint sprigs, plus more for serving

  • 6 cups peeled, chopped watermelon

  • cup fresh lime juice

  • 1 ounce tequila (optional)


  1. In a small heatproof bowl, pour 1/2 cup boiling water over sugar and mint; stir until sugar has dissolved. Let cool completely, about 20 minutes. Strain syrup into a blender; discard mint.

  2. Add watermelon, lime juice, and 1 3/4 cups cold water; blend until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve.

  3. Serve over ice, garnished with a mint sprig, or refrigerate in an airtight container up to 3 days. If using tequila, stir a shot (1-ounce) into each glass before serving.

Cook's Notes

To take this quencher into the cocktail zone, stir a shot (one ounce) of tequila, gin, or vodka into each serving.

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