What’s more refreshing than watermelon? Here are our best watermelon drink ideas, from tangy margaritas to cool smoothies.
Calling all watermelon lovers! What’s more refreshing than the sweet, juicy flavor of watermelon? It tastes like pool parties, summer sun, flip flops and freshly mowed grass. So why not infuse that carefree flavor into some drinks to keep the summery vibe going?
Alex and I set about to create one or two watermelon drink ideas, but somewhere along the way we accidentally came up with 10! Watermelon is perfect in cocktails, but it’s also great in smoothies or just simply sipped through a straw as juice. Its bright pink color also makes it incredibly festive looking.
What are the benefits of eating watermelon?
Side benefit to all these watermelon drink ideas: they’re full of nutrients too! Watermelon is a healthy food: and even if you’re only getting a little bit of it in these drinks, you can snack on the rest that massive watermelon to enjoy it in larger quantities. Here are a few of the benefits of drinking your watermelon — it is:
- High in lycopene, an antioxidant, which studies show could help curb your risk of cancer and diabetes as part of a healthy lifestyle. Watermelon has more lycopene than any other veggie!
- High in vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium.
- Full of water, so it’s very hydrating.
- A very low calorie food, and naturally sweet.
(Source WebMD: Health Benefits of Watermelon)
And now, let’s get to the watermelon drink ideas!
Here’s a watermelon drink idea that’s full of big fruity flavor: the Watermelon martini! This vodka martini is all about the watermelon, with a pure, refreshing flavor. It’s just sweet enough to let the fruit shine through, and it goes down pretty easy. Add that watermelon wedge garnish and it’s a great signature drink for a dinner party, or ideal for sipping by the pool.
Lemonade with real lemons has tangy sweet flavor that’s unparalleled. Here’s summery spin that takes it up a notch: Watermelon Lemonade! Grab a ripe, juicy melon and it’s absolute perfection paired with citrus. It’s one of our top watermelon drink ideas for the season.
This watermelon margarita is shocking pink, tangy, sweet, and a little bit salty: basically, it's the perfect drink! It comes out with just the right amount of tang from the lime and sweetness from the watermelon: it doesn’t even require any added sweetener. The fun part about this drink is that instead of salting the rim, the drink itself is salted. This gives it a complexity in flavor that makes you want to keep drinking it: so beware!
Here’s an icy treat that’s absolutely ideal for summer. Who needs ice cream when you can have a Watermelon Slushie? Blend ripe melon, lime and a little sweetener and you’ve got one deliciously refreshing sweet puree to sip. It’s a hit with adults and kids alike!
Here’s a watermelon drink idea that’s the definition of refreshing: the Watermelon Smash! This fruity spin on the classic Whiskey Smash is delicately sweet, the best combination of pure melon with fresh mint. Pairing vodka and rum adds intrigue in flavor. Serve with crushed ice, and it’s a stunning signature drink for sipping poolside or next to the grill.
Here’s a watermelon drink that’s so refreshing, it immediately jumped to the top of our summer drinks list. Try this Watermelon Water! It’s similar to a Mexican agua fresca: fruit blended with water and a hint of sweetness. The moment you take an icy sip, you’ll be amazed! (At least, I was when Alex handed me a frosty glass of the stuff.) The beautiful nuanced sweetness of watermelon, lime juice and water makes absolute magic.
The minty Mojito is ideal for the season, with its bubbly, refreshing flavor. In fact, it’s one of the greatest cocktails of all time, in our opinion! So why not try a fruity watermelon spin? Add juicy watermelon to the mix and the delicately sweet flavor is simply outstanding.
This 3-ingredient strawberry watermelon smoothie is juicy and lightly sweet, with frozen strawberries and banana. It’s a unique smoothie idea that’s ultra refreshing! Watermelon is full of vitamins and nutrients, and it's naturally sweet flavor adds a delicious, almost tropical flair to a smoothie.
Also try: Watermelon Smoothie
What’s better for a hot summer afternoon than a cool glass sangria? The music of the ice cubes clinking against the glass is refreshing in itself! Here’s a perfect fruity flavor for summer: watermelon sangria! While drink idea is not a traditional Spanish spin, it’s a deliciously sweet way to enjoy this summer fruit.
Next up in our watermelon drink recipes: watermelon gin cocktail! It's gin forward, a little pine-y from the gin and tangy from lemon: just sweet enough with a hint of honey. It’s seriously refreshing, and that little watermelon wedge garnish? To die for. Here’s how to make this watermelon cocktail!
Why have a Moscow mule or Kentucky mule when you can have a…watermelon mule? This unique watermelon drink is a spin on the classic cocktail that's light and refreshing. The concept behind this version of the classic drink is using equal parts ginger beer and watermelon juice, instead of straight ginger beer. This brings in the essence of watermelon and lightens the flavor. Simply mix right in the mug and serve over ice!
What about straight up watermelon juice? It’s seriously refreshing and full of vitamins and nutrients. And it tastes almost better than watermelon itself! At least, we think so. We’ve been on a mission to find healthy drink alternatives to soda that still feel special. Anyone else feel the pain? Here’s how to make watermelon juice: it only takes a few minutes to make, and it’s a unique and super refreshing drink.
Also try: Watermelon Cucumber Juice
This watermelon vodka drink is ultra refreshing, featuring sweet watermelon, tangy lime, and vodka. It's as simple as making watermelon juice, then mixing a few ingredients together in a cocktail shaker! Just blend watermelon in a blender, then strain it through a fine mesh strainer. You’ll come out with a watermelon juice that’s bright pink and naturally sweet: perfect for making watermelon drinks!
How to tell if a watermelon is ripe?
Have you ever gotten an unripe watermelon? We have, and it’s quite disappointing! It looks lovely but it tastes completely bland. Here are a few tips for picking out a ripe melon for all your watermelon recipes.
- To make sure you get ruby red, sweet flesh inside, look for a lighter spot where the watermelon rested in the field: it’s called a field spot. If the field spot is white, it’s unripe: if the spot is yellow, it’s ripe.
- The watermelon should feel very heavy, which means there’s a lot of juice inside.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 1 drink 1x
This watermelon cocktail is vibrant and refreshing, featuring sweet watermelon, lemon, mint, and gin. Don’t forget the watermelon wedge garnish!
- ½ cup chopped watermelon
- 2 large mint leaves
- 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) vodka
- ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) Cointreau
- ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) lime juice
- 1 teaspoon simple syrup, optional
- For the garnish: small watermelon wedge
- Add the watermelon and mint to a cocktail shaker. Muddle (gently mash) them with a cocktail muddler or wooden spoon to release the juices.
- Add the vodka, Cointreau, lime juice and simple syrup (if using). Fill with ice and shake until cold.
- Strain the drink into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a small watermelon wedge, if desired.
- Category: Drink
- Method: Blended
- Cuisine: Cocktails
- Diet: Vegan
Keywords: Watermelon Drink Ideas, Watermelon Drinks, Watermelon Drink Recipes
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Last updated: July 2020