Today is National Watermelon Day! It’s true — there’s a day dedicated to celebrating the amazing qualities of this luscious summer fruit. What is it about watermelon that makes it simultaneously cooling, refreshing and thirst-quenching all at the same time? We just love it!
There’s something about this wonderfully juicy fruit that seems to conjure up memories of backyard BBQs and picnics in the park. With these joyous feelings surrounding this summer fruit, we decided it was time to collect a few watermelon cocktail recipes. The list below provides watermelon mixed with a variety of base spirits — tequila, rum, gin and vodka — to keep your friends sipping away and entertained. Now you can shake up a few drinks, get your summer smile on and create a few more happy (watermelon) memories.
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Juicy sweet and irresistibly fresh, watermelon juice is like pouring summer into a glass. This easy seasonal sipper features fresh-muddled watermelon combined with Limoncello, fresh lemons, vodka, and a hint of orange to provide a concoction ideal for sipping your way through a summer afternoon.
TOOLS: Cocktail shaker, muddler, fine mesh sieve
EXTRAS: Watermelon ball and lemon wheel for garnish
SERVINGS: 2 cocktails
4 oz. vodka
4 oz. fresh watermelon juice
1 3/4 oz. Limoncello
1 3/4 oz. Grand Marnier
Juice from 1 lemon (in a pinch for fresh lemons? You can sub a good scoop of frozen lemonade concentrate)
HOW TO MAKE IT:
Cut about 1 cup of fresh watermelon into chunks and place into cocktail shaker. Using muddler, press to make juice. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a cup, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard solids. Once juice is made, assemble all ingredients into an ice-filled shaker. Shake it like you mean it, then strain into ice-filled glasses. Garnish, serve and enjoy!
Source: Self-Proclaimed Foodie
What to serve for a summertime brunch? How about this delish cocktail that blends together watermelon with a little gin, lime and some ginger ale? Now you’ve got a pretty cocktail with just the right amount of fizz!
Source: Food Network
Looking for a liquor-infused summer slushy? Get that blender out and get ready to fall in love with this frozen wonder direct from Bobby Flay.
Source: Martha Stewart
Simply put, nothing screams summer quite like a pretty pink watermelon cocktail. This lovely drink brings all the fun of a mojitos and mixes it with watermelon to create a refreshing cocktail that’s meant to be enjoyed in the summer sunshine.
Source: Food & Wine
Watermelon combines with tequila in a marriage bursting with flavor in this cocktail. Add a little blueberry, a little lime and some fresh mint and you’re going to wish you made a pitcher of this yummy libation.
Happy Watermelon Day! Keep the celebration going with these other delicious cocktail recipes: