Satisfying Watermelon Summer Cocktails

Few things epitomize the joys of summer better than fresh watermelon. No matter how hot the day gets, when you cut through the thick, green watermelon rind and into the bright pink fruit, there’s always a refreshing treat ready to help cool you down. Summer cocktails have a similar effect, especially when they come in the form of a watermelon drink.

They’ve come a long way since the good old vodka soaked watermelon days. The watermelon cocktail recipes range from sophisticated martinis to simple mixed drinks. This collection of mouth watering summer cocktails gives you a diverse set of options to try, so open up your home wet bar, get out the paper towels, and give these watermelon recipes a taste.

Watermelon Champagne Cocktail


Watermelon Champagne Cocktail

Champagne cocktails are typically quick and easy, and these watermelon cocktails are no exception. With only four ingredients, watermelon, mint, lemonade, and champagne, this is a great twist on the classic mimosa. Simply mottle the fruit and mint in a cocktail shaker to get your watermelon juice, then strain into lemonade and top with bubbly wine. These lemonade drinks are fast, cool, and couldn’t be tastier.

Tequila Watermelon Refresco

Tequila Refresco Cocktail

Sweet soda, called “refresco,” is a Latin American favorite. This summer mixed drink recipe uses watermelon, tequila, club soda, and a few other tasty ingredients to create a watermelon cocktail that will leave your guests wanting more. That’s okay, too, because this watermelon drink recipe is made in large batches, making refills a snap. The tequila really stands out, so go for top shelf, or at least middle shelf on this one.

Watermelon Jalapeno Twist Mojitos

Watermelon Jalapeno Twist Mojitos

Mojito recipes are standard fare on a list of great summer cocktails. Not everyone is crazy about jalapeno drinks, but if you’ve been looking to try one, this is it. These sweetness of the watermelon, white rum, and simple syrup easily offset the bite of the jalapeno, making for a surprising balanced watermelon drink recipe. Fresh jalapenos are better, too, because canned or cooked peppers will pack way too much heat.

Watermelon Basil Bramble

watermelon basil bramble

Gin is the home bartender’s secret weapon. The botanicals vary from brand to brand, so when you find your favorite, the flavors quickly become a signature in your alcoholic drinks. This watermelon cocktail uses gin, lime juice, chucks of watermelon, and basil to create an incredibly memorable summer cocktail. Fresh basil gives the gin a giant boost in aroma, while the citrus and watermelon juice offer a deep sweetness. Serving them in mason jars with a watermelon spear is also highly recommended.

Salt & Pepper Watermelon Punch

Salt & Pepper Watermelon Punch

Vodka is extremely popular in summer cocktails, because it’s so versatile. This watermelon drink recipe uses flavored vodka to create a sweet, peppery punch that’s great for outdoor parties. To keep the drinks cold, you use frozen vodka infused watermelon chunks, so you’ll need to start early. If you’re a fan of adding salt or pepper to fresh fruit, you’ll find this watermelon cocktail an extra special treat.

Vodka Cocktails: The Cabana Cake

With so many wonderful flavored vodkas readily available, it can be easy just to mix them with a little club soda and call it a day. However, using them in delicious, handmade vodka mixed drinks tickles the taste buds even more. I recently discovered an incredible Bing cherry vodka, which has strong cherry flavor without being too sweet or too tart. The smell is vaguely reminiscent of drugstore cough syrup, but the flavor couldn’t be further from it, making it perfect for summer cocktails. I sipped a little on the rocks, and it was quite nice. The inspiration for this vodka cocktail comes from the classic Cabana Cake, a dessert with 1950s potluck appeal. The dessert is made with cherry pie filling, canned pineapple, and yellow cake mix. These vodka cocktails, however, are arguable better than the real thing.

The Cabana Cake CocktailVodka Cocktails: The Cabana Cake

  • 2 oz 360 Bing Cherry vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1/4 oz cinnamon schnapps
  • 1 dash grenadine
  • maraschino cherry garnish

Fill a cocktail glass with ice. Blend vodka, pineapple juice, and schnapps with ice in a cocktail shaker. Discard the ice from your cocktail glass, then pour ingredients from your shaker, straining out any ice. Add a dash of grenadine to the center of the cocktail, allowing it to sink to the bottom. Garnish with a cherry.

These vodka cocktails can also be made in larger batches. Simply save your dashes of grenadine until after each glass is poured.