Watermelon Vodka Cocktail

Looking for a summer cocktail? This watermelon vodka drink is ultra refreshing, featuring sweet watermelon, tangy lime, and vodka.

Watermelon vodka drink

What says summer more than a watermelon vodka drink on the patio? Alex and I have been creating some thirst-quenching watermelon drinks for lazy summer evenings. Right now it’s 95 degrees here in Indianapolis, and we need all the ways to beat the heat we can get! Watermelon is such a refreshing flavor, and its natural sweetness is perfect for cocktail recipes. Here we’ll show you how to make this easy watermelon vodka drink: perfect for entertaining or summer evenings in! Because, who wants to

Watermelon vodka drink

How to make this watermelon vodka drink

Making a watermelon vodka drink is as simple as making watermelon juice, then mixing a few ingredients together in a cocktail shaker. How to make watermelon juice? Well, it couldn’t be simpler: you just blend watermelon in a blender, then strain it through a fine mesh strainer to remove any “floaties”. You’ll come out with a watermelon juice that’s bright pink and naturally sweet: perfect for making watermelon drinks!

Here’s how to make a watermelon vodka drink:

  • Blend 2 cups of cubed watermelon in a blender, then pour it through a fine mesh strainer to obtain 1 cup watermelon juice.
  • In a cocktail shaker, combine the juice with 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, 1/2 cup vodka and 1 tablespoon maple syrup. Add ice and shake!
  • Pour into glasses and garnish with small watermelon wedges.

This recipe makes enough for 2 to 3 watermelon drinks: it’s easy to double for larger quantities! Since you can get about 16 cups cubed watermelon from a large watermelon, that’s 8 cups of watermelon juice or about 16 drinks! Enough to serve a crowd, for sure.

Oh and by the way: perhaps you’ve heard of that viral vodka watermelon hack where you put a whole in a watermelon and place a bottle of vodka upside down inside the hole? It’s widely known to be difficult to pull off. This watermelon vodka drink, however, works every time! So hands down, we’d recommend this instead of that odd party trick (though it does have the novelty factor, we’ll admit!).

Watermelon vodka cocktail

What cocktail shaker should I buy?

Cocktail shakers inexpensive and worth the splurge if you’re into drinks like Alex and I are! What does a cocktail shaker do, and why do you need one for watermelon vodka drink? A cocktail shaker quickly chills drinks by shaking them against ice. Then it has a perforated lid so you can pour it without pouring out the ice too. It seems like there would be another kitchen tool to do the job, but there’s nothing quite like it. Here’s the cocktail shaker we use: 24-Ounce Cocktail Shaker | Amazon

What if I don’t have a cocktail shaker? Well, you can actually use a glass mason jar instead of a cocktail shaker! Add the drink to the mason jar, then add ice. Put on the top and shake away! Pouring out the cocktail without the ice will be a little trickier: pour through a strainer to keep the ice in the jar.

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A note on vodka

Alex and I have said it once and we’ll say it again: the quality of your cocktail depends on the alcohol! If you’re looking for advice on what vodka to buy, we’d suggest not skimping in the alcohol department. Find a vodka that’s about mid-price range. You can absolutely taste the difference! For this watermelon vodka drink, we used a local vodka made by Hotel Tango here in our home city of Indianapolis! If you have local distilleries, buying local vodka is a nice way to support local businesses.

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Looking for more watermelon recipes?

Watermelon is one of the most hydrating, nutrient-dense summer fruits! Outside of this watermelon vodka drink, here are a few of our favorite recipes with watermelon:

This watermelon vodka drink is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, refined sugar free, and naturally sweet.

Watermelon vodka drink

Watermelon Vodka Drink

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 to 3 drinks 1x


Looking for a summer cocktail? This watermelon vodka drink is ultra refreshing, featuring sweet watermelon, tangy lime, and vodka. 



  • 2 cups cubed seedless watermelon, enough for 1 cup juice, plus more for small watermelon wedge garnishes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (or simple syrup)


  1. Add the watermelon cubes to a blender and blend until a juice forms. Then pour the juice through a fine mesh strainer into a clean container. Measure out 1 cup of the juice.
  2. In cocktail shaker, add all ingredients and stir to combine. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
  3. Garnish with small watermelon wedges.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Watermelon vodka drink, Watermelon vodka cocktail, Watermelon cocktail

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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