Make a refreshing Watermelon Vodka Cocktail at home with this simple recipe. Put those juicy summer watermelons to good use and blend up this watermelon vodka drink in just a few minutes.
This recipe was originally shared on Savory Experiments where I am a contributor.
Blend fresh watermelon to make a delicious watermelon vodka drink
The only thing more refreshing than watermelon in the summer is watermelon blended into a cocktail.
what should i serve with this watermelon vodka
This is the perfect cocktail to serve outdoors in the summer. I like to serve this to friends alongside some summer appetizers. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Mini Pretzel Dogs
- Grilled Shrimp and Corn Salad with tortilla chips as a dip
- Asparagus and Cheddar Galette
- Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings
- Sharp knife and cutting board
- Citrus juicer – optional
- Measuring cups
- Liquid measuring cup
- High speed blender
- Fine mesh strainer
- Pitcher for serving
Can i use a food processor to blend?
Yes! I prefer to use a high speed blender to make a super smooth cocktail, but you can use a food processor or immersion blender in place of a standard blender.
- Lime juice
- Triple sec
- Maple syrup
Optional cocktail garnishes
Make your watermelon vodka cocktails extra fancy with edible garnishes. I garnished mine with thin wedges of watermelon and slices of lime.
You can also garnish these drinks with candied citrus and fresh mint or basil. You can also blend fresh mint or basil into the drink for a fresh herby flavor.
Can I make this a watermelon mocktail?
Yes! You can just omit the vodka and triple sec to make a delicious mocktail. You can also add some extra lime juice or a non-alcoholic spirit like Seedlip to replace the vodka.
How do I cut a watermelon into cubes?
The easiest way to cut a watermelon into cubes is to cut small slices off the top and bottom so the watermelon lays flat. Then, cut the watermelon around the outside in long strips until all of the rind is removed.
You should then have a fully peeled watermelon. Cut this peeled watermelon into even sized cubes.
How to make Watermelon Vodka Cocktails
Step 1: Blend and strain watermelon
Cut the rind off of a large watermelon and cut into cubes. Place watermelon cubes into a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour blended watermelon into a pitcher through a fine mesh strainer. Discard any of the leftover bits in the strainer. Pour the watermelon juice back into the blender.
Step 2: blend vodka into the cocktail and serve
Then, pour vodka, triple sec, lime juice and maple syrup into the blender with the watermelon juice. Blend again and pour into a pitcher to serve.
Finally, serve this watermelon drink over ice and garnish with lime juice, a wedge of watermelon and mint.
Can I make this cocktail ahead of time?
Yes! You can make this watermelon drink ahead of time. Just prepare the cocktail and place in an airtight container like a large mason jar.
Store in the fridge for up to three days. Shake jar before serving or re-blend in a blender.
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You can find the full recipe below. If you make this recipe, please rate and review it in the comments, or share it with me on Instagram!
- 5 cups of cubed watermelon
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup vodka
- 2 tablespoons triple sec
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- Place watermelon in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour blended watermelon over a fine mesh strainer and into a pitcher.
- Discard any leftover bits left in the strainer. Pour strained watermelon juice back into the blender.
- Pour vodka, lime juice, triple sec, and maple syrup into the blender with the watermelon juice. Blend again to combine all of the ingredients.
- Serve over ice and garnish with watermelon, lime slices and fresh mint.