My little brother was born in the summer of 1995, when I was 6 years old. My mom, whist pregnant during the steamy NC summer craved watermelon. We ate so. much. watermelon. I am a pro watermelon seed spitter. So ever since then, I crave a good slice of pink melon every time it gets the least bit humid. Now that I'm no longer 6 and over the legal age to enjoy a drink or two...I can get my fruit fix in a glass. Watermelon taste without the sticky hands...I mean, what could be better?
1. Frozen Watermelon Daiquiri
Ante up on the coolness and make it frozen. You'll be sippin' these all summer.
- 4 cups cubed watermelon
- 1/2 cup light rum or 2 ounces of light rum
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur or Cointreau
- some ice cubes made with whipped fruit or freeze pureed watermelon into ice cube trays
Freeze watermelon in a shallow pan at least 6 hours. Combine frozen watermelon, rum, lime juice, and orange-flavored liqueur in a blender. Process until smooth, stopping once to scrape down sides. Add enough ice to bring mixture to 5-cup level; process until smooth. Repeat procedure, if necessary, until mixture measures 5 cups.
Get the full frozen watermelon daiquiri recipe here
2. Watermelon and Lime Vodka Cocktail
Watermelon and lime were literally MADE to be in a cocktail together.
- 2 heaping cups watermelon chunks
- ½ cup of the watermelon juice that results from cutting the melon
- ¼ cup fresh squeezed lime juice
- Simple syrup to taste (see notes)
- ½ cup - 1 cup Vodka
- Watermelon balls or triangles and lime segments for garnish
1. Place watermelon chunks and watermelon juice in your blender, give it a whirl until it is pureed.
2. Add in lime juice and simple syrup and pulse until combined, taste and adjust to your preference of sweetness.
3. Add in ½ cup vodka, pulse and taste. Adjust to your preference for sweetness and strength.
4. Fill tall glasses with ice, and pour mixture over-top.
5. Garnish with watermelon balls and lime. Serve.
Add simple syrup according to how sweet your watermelon is as well as how sweet you prefer your cocktails. I add between ¼ to ½ cup. To make simple syrup combine equal parts sugar and water, heat just until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, cool completely. Store in the refrigerator in a sealed jar for up to 2 weeks.
If you like a little fizz in your cocktails, add in a splash or two of club soda or lemon-lime soda.
Get the full watermelon and lime vodka cocktail recipe here.
3. Watermelon Plata Tequila Cocktail
A different pairing with tequila than a margarita that includes blueberries, lime, and mint. Refreshing AF.
- 6 cups seedless watermelon chunks
- 1/4 cup simple syrup
- 2 limes, cut into chunks
- 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
- 1 cup plata (silver) tequila
- Crushed ice
1. Puree the watermelon in a food processor until smooth. Strain the juice into a bowl pressing on the pulp, then discard the solids.
2. Put the simple syrup, lime chunks, berries and mint in a pitcher and muddle until the berries are slightly crushed. Add the tequila and watermelon juice and stir to combine. Refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour. Serve over crushed ice, garnished with mint sprigs.
Get the full watermelon plata tequila recipe here.
4. Boozy Watermelon Mint Lemonade
The author describes this as the "Ryan Gosling of drinks." I don't disagree.
- 2 1/2 pounds watermelon flesh, seeds removed, cut into chunks
- 1/4 cucumber, cut into chunks
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice, plus an additional lemon, sliced, for garnish
- 1/4 cup packed mint leaves, plus more mint, for garnish
- 2 1/2 cups white rum, vodka, or water
- 1/4 cup agave syrup or simple syrup
1. Put the chunked watermelon, cucumber, and mint in a blender, add the lemon juice, and puree until the mixture is smooth.
2. Strain the mixture into a pitcher to remove the pulp and leaves.
3. Mix in the alcohol or water and slowly mix in the syrup until everything is well-combined.
4. Add the lemon slices and ice. Garnish each glass with a sprig of mint. Serve.
Get the full watermelon mint lemonade recipe here.
5. Watermelon Sour Sprizter
I used to work in the candy-restocking business at the convenience store on my college campus. We had huge bins of loose bulk candy people could buy, and one choice was the Watermelon Sour Patch. Which meant I had as much complimentary Watermelon Sour Patch as I could stand. This drink are those candies...in adult beverage form. Oh. My. Goodness.
- Muddled watermelon chunks
- 1 oz Vodka
- 1 oz Watermelon Pucker
- Lemon lime soda
- Garnish: lime and Watermelon Sour Patch
Get the full watermelon sour spritzer recipe here to learn how to make it!
6. Watermelon Slice Jello Shots
So you can have your watermelon and eat (drink?) it too.
- half of 1 medium watermelon
- 2 boxes of watermelon jello or red colored jello (3 oz boxes)
- 1 box of unflavored gelatin (4 envelopes total)
- 2 cups of water
- 2 cups of vodka
1. Use a large spoon or ice cream scoop to scoop out the inside of the watermelon and set aside (to later eat, of course!). You want to scoop out most of the red flesh but still leave about 1/2" of the red part above the white rind. Place the hollowed out watermelon on a cookie sheet with paper towels folded/stuffed on either side to keep it from tipping over.
2. Mix your two boxes of jello with the 4 packets of unflavored gelatin. Add in 2 cups of boiling water and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, add in two cups of vodka and stir to combine. Pour the liquid into the halved watermelon (fill to the top!) and place into the fridge for 3-4 hours until the jello is set. Probably the hardest part of this recipe is carrying the tray to the fridge without spilling it!
3. Once the jello is set, use a large knife to cut the slices like you normally would. The jello fills into the watermelon some so the top level shrinks a bit. Just use the knife to even out any rind that sticks up higher than your slices, and you're ready to serve your shots!
4. Of course, one whole slice would be a pretty giant jello shot, so feel free to cut them into smaller wedges or have guests cut their own. There is more unflavored gelatin in this recipe than usual to ensure the slices keep their shape, but if you feel like you can "taste" the unflavored gelatin, you can reduce the amount a little without losing the desired stiffness.
Get the full watermelon slice jello shot recipe here.
7. Watermelon Elderflower Cocktail
Elderflower liqueur is so underrated and is so excellent in warm-weather cocktails. And of course it works perfectly with watermelon. #duh
- 2-3 slices cucumber
- 1 oz lime juice (1-2 limes)
- 1 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- 1 oz rum
- 4 oz watermelon juice
1. Slice cucumber and remove seeds.
2. Pour elderflower and lime juice into a glass.
3. Add cucumber slices to glass and muddle.
4. To make watermelon juice, mash cubed watermelon, then drain the juice out. Add watermelon juice and rum to glass, then stir to combine.
5. Serve over ice.
Get the full watermelon elderflower cocktail recipe here.
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