Explore a refreshing roundup of watermelon-inspired cocktails and drinks that embody the essence of summer! From vibrant cocktails to mocktails to smoothies bursting with flavor, we are sharing a variety of ways to quench your thirst and embrace the season’s juiciest fruit.
Watermelon is the fruit of the summer, and if you aren’t putting it into drinks, you are seriously missing out. Watermelon juice is one of those drinks that I could sip on any day, but it’s also a fantastic base for so many drinks.
Where can you serve any of these tasty watermelon drinks? The options are endless! There are cocktails to sip on by the pool, smoothies to start your day with, mocktails that the whole family can sip on, and big batch party drinks for your next party.
It doesn’t matter if you are looking for watermelon cocktails or non-alcoholic watermelon drinks, this round up has it all. From classic recipes to unique twists, you are guaranteed to find something to enjoy in this list!
watermelon gin cocktail
A watermelon gin cocktail is the best way to quench your thirst this summer! The combination of fresh juicy watermelon, refreshing mint, and floral gin is one that will have you coming back for more. Plus you can easily make it in a big batch to serve at your next gathering!
spicy watermelon margarita
A Spicy Watermelon Margarita is the ultimate summer refreshment for happy hour! Made with fresh watermelon and jalapeño for a touch of subtle heat, you won’t be able to stop at just one. This recipe is easily scalable so you can make anywhere from 1 cocktail up to 8 cocktails!
watermelon lime agua fresca
Watermelon Lime Agua Fresca is a refreshing mix of sweet, fruity, and tangy for your summer sipping delight! Made with only four ingredients, it’s fresh and easy to make all season long. If you want, you can even spike it with some vodka!
salted watermelon grapefruit paloma
Kick back and sip on a Salted Watermelon Grapefruit Paloma! The combination of sweet and tart fruit, plus a bit of salt, come together to make the perfect summer sipper. Bust it out for your Cinco de Mayo celebrations or any backyard summer cocktail hour!
watermelon vodka cocktail
A mouthwatering Watermelon Vodka Cocktail is the epitome of summer refreshment! This invigorating drink combines the natural sweetness and juiciness of fresh watermelon with the smooth, clean notes of vodka. It’s a tasty fusion of flavors that will keep you cool and revitalized, making it the ideal choice for hot summer days.
watermelon basil mocktail
A Watermelon Basil Mocktail is a non-alcoholic drink made with basil simple syrup, fresh watermelon juice, lime, and a touch of sparkling water for a fizzy twist. All the flavor of a mojito, without the alcohol.
banana watermelon smoothie
A Banana Watermelon Smoothie comes together in mere minutes with only three ingredients: watermelon, banana, and ice. It’s the best way to start the day!
frozen watermelon margarita
Don’t miss out on watermelon season! Relish the cooling delight of the Frozen Watermelon Margarita, a cocktail that is ready to be paired with your favorite tacos.
strawberry watermelon smoothie
A Fresh Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie is packed with vitamins and antioxidants, suitable for both kids and adults.
watermelon carrot juice
Boost your hydration with a vibrant Watermelon Carrot Juice! This recipe is a nutrient-packed drink that offers beautiful flavors and essential nutrients.
Transform watermelon juice into an Easy Watermelon Mojito! It is a delicious way to enjoy the essence of summer.
watermelon slush (kid-friendly)
Savor the simplicity of Watermelon Slush—a tasty and easily made drink perfect for warm weather sipping. Ideal for kids and adults alike.
margarita infused watermelon
Margarita Infused Watermelon is a tequila-spiked refreshment that’s perfect for a party. Infused with the flavors of a classic margarita, these watermelon-soaked chunks are a refreshing boozy treat.
coconut watermelon mojito
The Coconut-Watermelon Mojito is where mint, lime juice, and fresh watermelon chunks meet sweet cream of coconut for a tropical island-inspired cocktail.
If you are looking for a refreshing summer cocktail, you have to try this Watermelon Crush. It’s a tasty blend of fresh watermelon juice, vodka, triple sec, and a touch of lemon-lime soda!
Quench your thirst on hot summer days with the Watermelon Mojito Mocktail. This refreshing drink blends juicy watermelon, fresh mint, lime juice, and sparkling water for a delightful experience. It’s a quick 5-minute recipe that’s both alcohol-free and easily transformable into a traditional mojito.
watermelon basil margarita
Experience a fresh twist on the classic margarita with the Watermelon Basil Margarita. Combining beloved summer flavors, this sip is perfectly sweet and totally refreshing.
Dive into summer with the enticing Sangria Watermelon. It is a party-ready choice that maximizes the potential of watermelon’s sweetness. It’s a refreshing and sweet vibe all in one!
sparkling watermelon ginger punch
The ultimate summer refresher is a sparkling Watermelon Ginger Punch Cocktail. The lively blend of juicy watermelon and zingy ginger creates a vibrant and tangy twist, ensuring a refreshing drink throughout the season.
watermelon jello shots
Summer vibes are all you need to pair with these Watermelon Jello Shot! They are a hit at barbecues and pool parties.
watermelon malibu slush
Discover the Watermelon Malibu Slush—a freezer-friendly essential for spontaneous summer cocktail hours. With minimal ingredients, this slush keeps you and your guests cool during scorching days.
watermelon mint cocktail
Embrace summer with the Watermelon Mint Cocktail, combining the sweetness of watermelon with the zest of lemon and the freshness of mint.
watermelon mezcal mojito
Quench your thirst with the Watermelon Mezcal Mojito! It is a balanced blend of sweet watermelon and smoky mezcal that is a tasty pairing for warm summer cookouts.
A refreshing Watermelon Smoothie is ready in just 2 minutes. The frozen watermelon, water, lime juice, honey, and optional mint leaves combine to offer the ideal summer morning smoothie.
watermelon strawberry sangria
Elevate the classic Sangria with Watermelon Strawberry Sangria, adding a summery twist to this well-loved drink.
raspberry watermelon granita
Cool off on hot summer days with the ultimate treat, the Watermelon Granita. It is essentially a snow cone made with fresh juices and whole fruit!
watermelon rosemary cocktail
Earthy and bright Watermelon Rosemary Cocktails are made with vodka and homemade watermelon juice. Ready in under 20 minutes, this is a unique take on a watermelon cocktail
A Watermelon Paloma is a refreshing cocktail made with fresh watermelon, lime and orange juices, and a splash of tequila — the perfect summer treat.
watermelon italian soda
Get a taste of fruity refreshment with the Watermelon Italian Soda, a quick and easy recipe bursting with sweet fruit flavor.
Celebrate any occasion with the light, sweet, and bubbly Watermelon Mimosa. The easy-to-make drink is perfect for brunch or Mother’s Day.
watermelon mojito smoothie
Cool off on a hot summer day with a Watermelon Mojito Smoothie, a hydrating and simple delight.
Experience the tangy kick of Watermelon Limeade, a quick, easy, and naturally sweet way to cool down.
watermelon whiskey sour
Savor a unique blend with the Watermelon Whiskey Sour. The classic whiskey sour meets sweet watermelon, resulting in a beautifully hued mixed drink.
Unwind with the straightforward and easy Watermelon Margaritas. With just three ingredients, it’s the ultimate cooling solution for summer.
watermelon mint sangria
Sip on a glass of refreshing Watermelon Mint Sangria, a perfect summer cocktail for warm evenings on the porch.
The Watermelon Martini, a twist on the Cosmopolitan Cocktail, is a fresh and vibrant option. Mocktail instructions are included for those who prefer a non-alcoholic version.
Beat the heat with a Watermelon Slushie, a satisfying and invigorating solution. This icy combination of watermelon and mint not only refreshes but also provides nutrients in every gulp.
For the quintessential summer thirst quencher, try the Watermelon Cooler. A refreshing drink using just four basic ingredients, this beverage is a delightful alternative to designer options.
fruity summer sangria with pineapple and watermelon
Fruity Summer Sangria with Pineapple and Watermelon offers a sweet, effervescent, and refreshing experience for scorching days. A mix of fresh pineapple, watermelon, and chilled white wine, garnished with mint and orange, sets the tone.
my must-haves for watermelon cocktails
If you are making watermelon juice for any of the recipes above, you will definitely need a blender (like a Vitamix) or a food processor. This is the easiest way to make watermelon juice without getting a juicer! Simple blend the fruit until smooth, then strain through a fine mesh strainer to get the juice.
You could also use a juicer, but it is a big bulky appliance so only grab it if you have room and plan to drink a lot of juice!
For cocktails, pick up a jigger, cocktail shaker, cocktail strainer, and cocktail stirring spoon. I love to have a classic set of glasses on hand like these Gatsby glasses because you can serve so many different drinks in them!
Don’t forget to grab a set of these ice sphere molds to make ice for those drinks too! The larger ice cubes are ideal because they don’t melt as quickly.
just one more thing…
If you are serving any of these watermelon cocktails or watermelon drinks, you will need some tasty summery food to go with them! Personally, I feel like seasonal summer recipes or grilling recipes go best with watermelon beverages.
Here are a few of my favorite meals to serve with a juicy watermelon drink:
A savory French onion burger melds together the juiciness of a grilled burger with the flavors of French onion soup.
Get ready to lick your fingers when you grab a rack of bbq apple cider ribs!