Watermelon, Straight Up

Summertime and watermelon have always gone hand in hand, but this year the watermelon trend is in full swing. Watermelon juices, watermelon beers, cold-pressed watermelon water – this quintessentially refreshing fruit is definitely front and center this season.
Why not lean into the watermelon craze by adding a few new cocktail recipes to your summer line-up? We’ve rounded up five of our favorites. Cheers!

1. Watermelon Basil Gimlet Fizz

Serves: 1


  • Seedless watermelon
  • 8 basil leaves, torn, plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 3 ounces seltzer


  • Cut watermelon into one-inch cubes and freeze in a single layer for at least one hour
  • Muddle basil leaves with sugar in the bottom of a glass
  • Stir in lime juice and vodka
  • Add watermelon cubes
  • Top with seltzer
  • Garnish with basil

 (Recipe by Martha Stewart)

2. Watermelon Mojito

Serves: 4


  • 20 mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons superfine sugar
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • Crushed ice
  • ¾ cup light rum
  • 6 ounces seedless watermelon, puréed


  • In the bottom of a large shaker, muddle the mint, sugar, and ¼ cup of the lime juice
  • Fill the shaker with ice
  • Add the rum, watermelon, and the remaining ¼ cup of lime juice
  • Shake well
  • Strain into old-fashioned glasses over ice

 (Recipe by Food & Wine)

3. Fresh Watermelon Sangria

Serves: 4


  • 4 cups cubed ripe seedless watermelon
  • 1 ½ cups white wine
  • 1 ounce anejo rum
  • 2 ounces Cointreau
  • 2 ounces simple syrup
  • 2 limes
  • Ice
  • Additional watermelon and mint sprigs for garnish


  • In a blender, purée watermelon cubes
  • Strain into a large pitcher
  • Add white wine, rum, Cointreau, and simple syrup and stir
  • Juice one lime and add juice to the pitcher
  • Slice the other lime lengthwise and then cut into thin slices
  • Add lime slices to pitcher, cover, and refrigerate for two to four hours
  • Pour into ice-filled serving glasses and garnish with additional watermelon and mint sprigs

(Recipe by Serious Eats

4. Watermelon Bellinis

Serves: 8


  • 3 cups cubed seeded watermelon, frozen
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups chilled prosecco
  • Julienne-cut lemon rind


  • Place watermelon, sugar, lemon juice, and 1 cup wine into a blender
  • Blend until smooth
  • Pour about 1/3 cup watermelon mixture into each of eight glasses
  • Pour ¼ cup remaining wine into each glass
  • Garnish with lemon rind

 (Recipe by My Recipes)

5. Watermelon Bloody Mary

Serves: 2


  • 2 cups watermelon cubes
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 jalapeño, stem removed
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • Pinch of salt
  • Garnish ideas: grape tomato, fresh basil, jalapeño slice 


  • Purée watermelon, sugar, lime juice, and jalapeño in a blender
  • Strain through mesh strainer and save the juice
  • Add ice to cocktail shaker and pour watermelon juice, vodka, and a pinch of salt
  • Shake well
  • Pour into two Collins glasses
  • Garnish as desired

(Recipe by Lauren Kelp)

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