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A frothy gin and watermelon cocktail served in a coupe glass, accompanied by lemon slices and watermelon on a wooden board, perfect for summer parties with friends

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5 Refreshing Watermelon Drinks with Alcohol

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Inside: Quench your thirst with 5 hand-crafted watermelon drinks with alcohol. Perfect cocktail recipes for summer sipping with friends.

W atermelon is delicious, right? So you’d think watermelon drinks with alcohol would be an automatic slam dunk too, huh? Well, not exactly!

Honestly, watermelon juice on its own can be a bit…meh. Kinda bland and, well, watery.

I’ve made so many watermelon drinks that just fell flat.

But here’s the scoop: we can jazz it up with a splash of zingy acids like lemon and lime.

I’ve done the tough job of taste-testing and tweaking a gazillion watermelon cocktails (you’re welcome), and here are my top 5 that are my go-tos for a perfect refreshing summer cocktail . 🍉🍹

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A collage of four vibrant watermelon drinks with alcohol, perfect for summer party cocktails with friends, showcasing refreshing and colorful beverages by the poolside

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1 | Fresh Watermelon Margarita

First up, a killer thirst-quenching watermelon cocktail. This margarita variation is packed with lots of watermelon juice (a hefty 3oz) and goes easy on the tequila, making it the perfect sip-all-day or party drink. Trust me, this one will be your go-to summer drink with friends.

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A refreshing watermelon margarita served with lime wedges and watermelon slices on a wooden board, perfect for summer parties with friends

Here’s the secret sauce: make sure you’re using fresh watermelon juice and freshly squeezed lime juice. None of that pre-packaged stuff! Freshness is key to nailing that vibrant, refreshing flavor.

Personally, I’m obsessed with mixing this with Clement Creole Shrubb. But hey, if you don’t have that on hand, no worries! You can totally substitute it with a premium triple sec like Cointreau. Both will give you that delightful citrusy kick.

Fresh Watermelon Margarita

Fresh Watermelon Margarita

Yield: 1 Drink

A refreshing watermelon cocktail. Make sure to use fresh watermelon juice (blend then strain) and freshly squeezed lime juice.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz fresh watermelon juice
  • 1 oz tequila reposado
  • 1 oz Clement Creole Shrubb (or triple sec)
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • Garnish: 1 lime wedge

Instructions

    1. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with lots of ice.
    2. Shake for 30-45 seconds.
    3. Strain into a coupe or rocks glass with a salt-rim (on half the rim).
    4. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Notes

  • To make watermelon juice, blend a watermelon, then strain through a mesh strainer. Or buy fresh cold-pressed juice.
  • Use freshly squeezed lime juice

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2 | Watermelon Sour Cocktail

Next up, let’s talk about the Watermelon Gin Sour. 🍉🍸

This cocktail is all about that frothy foam and creamy texture, thanks to the addition of an egg white. If the idea of using egg white makes you squirm or you’re looking for a vegan option, no worries! Just swap it out for 1oz of aquafaba (yep, that’s the liquid from a can of chickpeas).

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A frothy gin and watermelon cocktail served in a coupe glass, accompanied by lemon slices and watermelon on a wooden board, perfect for summer parties with friends

Now, here’s the trick to getting that perfect froth: you’ll want to dry shake the ingredients first.

That means shaking everything up without ice. Then, add your ice and give it another good shake.

This double shake method is key to achieving that silky smooth texture.

Watermelon Sour Recipe


You can substitute the egg white with 1 oz of aquafaba (canned chickpea liquid). Simple syrup is a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water.

A frothy gin and watermelon cocktail served in a coupe glass, accompanied by lemon slices and watermelon on a wooden board, perfect for summer parties with friends

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz fresh watermelon juice
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1 egg white

Instructions:

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake. Then add ice and shake again for 30-45 seconds. Strain into a coupe glass.

3 | Aperol Tequila Watermelon Drink

This drink is a flavor fiesta with juicy watermelon, zesty ginger, and the bittersweet goodness of Aperol. It’s like summer in a glass!

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A refreshing tequila watermelon drink served in a rocks glass on a tray with limes and a watermelon slice, perfect for summer parties with friends

Whether you’re throwing a summer party or just looking for a refreshing aperitif before dinner, this cocktail has got you covered. It’s the perfect balance of fruity, tangy, and slightly bitter for those sunny days.

Ready for the secret to that zesty ginger syrup? It’s super simple! 🌟

Here’s what you do: Combine equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan. Toss in some chopped ginger, bring it all to a boil, then let it simmer for about 45 minutes. After that, just strain out the ginger pieces, and voilà! You’ve got yourself some homemade ginger syrup ready to rock your cocktails. 🍹✨

Aperol Tequila Watermelon Cocktail Recipe


A zesty bittersweet summer cocktail.

A refreshing tequila watermelon drink served in a rocks glass on a tray with limes and a watermelon slice, perfect for summer parties with friends

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz tequila reposado
  • 1 oz Aperol
  • 1 oz fresh watermelon juice
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 oz ginger syrup
  • Optional: mint sprig garnish

Instructions:

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with lots of ice. Shake for 30-45 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.

4 | Spicy Watermelon Whiskey Cocktail

Alright, let’s dive into this spicy watermelon whiskey cocktail! 🌶️🍉🥃

Get ready for a kick with this one! We’re using a big ol’ serving of watermelon juice to keep it refreshing, but we’re turning up the heat with some homemade candied jalapeños. You can adjust the spiciness to your liking, so whether you like it mild or fiery, you’re in control!

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A spicy watermelon cocktail with whiskey in a rocks glass, garnished with a jalapeño slice, sitting next to lemons and a watermelon slice on a wooden board

This cocktail is a fantastic way to turn whiskey into a summer drink. It’s got the cool, refreshing vibe of watermelon with a spicy twist that’s perfect for those hot days.

Skip over to the spicy watermelon whiskey cocktail recipe.

5 | Vodka Watermelon Martini

Okay, let’s get real for a sec.

It’s no secret that vodka and I don’t exactly get along (I’ve got a bottle on my shelf that’s older than my son, and trust me, that’s saying something!). 🍸😅

BUT I know a lot of you are big vodka watermelon fans, so this one’s for you!

Introducing the Watermelon Martini! 🍉🍸

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A watermelon vodka drink in a martini glass with a watermelon slice garnish, limes, and a whole watermelon on the table

This cocktail is all about balance. It features the wonderful St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, which adds a touch of floral elegance and a burst of dynamic flavor to your classic martini. It’s like a party in your glass, with a hint of sophistication!

So if you’re a vodka lover looking for a fresh twist, give this Watermelon Martini a go. It’s light, refreshing, and perfect for sipping on a sunny afternoon or impressing your friends at your next get-together.

Over to You

So there you have it, my fabulous friends! 🍉🍹 These watermelon cocktails are bursting with flavor, refreshing vibes, and a whole lot of fun.

Whether you’re into tequila, gin, whiskey or even vodka (I forgive you), there’s something here for everyone.

Don’t just take my word for it—grab your shaker, mix up one of these delightful drinks, and experience the magic for yourself. Cheers to a summer full of delicious sips and fun with friends.

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