15 Watermelon Drink Recipes

From mild to wild, these refreshing watermelon drinks will make any summer get-together an exciting event. You’ll find many of the recipes use common pairings like mint and cucumber, and any of the recipes can be made more adult with alcohol (but can certainly be made non-alcoholic).

These watermelon drink recipes are perfect for backyard barbecues but work surprisingly well for breakfast, brunch or lunch too. Try adding unusual fresh herbs or other fruits for a crowd-pleasing cocktail or fruit punch.

  1. Watermelon-Cucumber Refresher
    For those of you who like a little alcohol with your watermelon, this drink recipe features vodka, triple sec, lime juice, and a watermelon-cucumber-mint juice.
  2. Watermelon Frosty
    A deliciously frozen drink that blends frozen watermelon cubes with water, citrus, maple syrup and a banana. You can even add tequila for an extra kick!
  3. Watermelon Mimosa
    Summer brunch just got a little more exciting with this spin on a champagne infused cocktail that’s good at any time of day!
  4. Watermelon Lemonade
    Put a spin on summer lemonade with this watermelon variant that utilizes fresh watermelon puree. Simple and surprisingly good.
  5. Jalapeno Watermelon Limeade
    Kick it up a notch by making this spicy cooler. Fresh watermelon, limes, jalapenos and a splash of vodka (optional).
  6. Watermelon Basil Cooler
    Add an herbal note for a classic watermelon cooler featuring watermelon, fresh basil leaves and sparkling water. It’s fizzy and refreshing!
  7. Watermelon Lime Chiller
    An adult drink that will please everyone. Chilled watermelon, fresh limes, mint and rum. You’ll think you’re on a tropical island.
  8. Watermelon Agua Fresca
    There’s nothing simpler than the pure, refreshing taste of watermelon agua fresca. It’s pureed watermelon strained and served over ice with a sprig of mint.
  9. Watermelon Sangria
    It’s not a party unless there’s sangria! This recipe mixes watermelon chunks with blackberries, cherries, blueberries, wine, vodka, and triple sec.
  10. Watermelon Margaritas
    This recipe makes a big batch, so plan to invite friends over. Mix tequila, triple sec and watermelon juice for a refreshing drink.
  11. Watermelon Gin Fizz
    A tasty cocktail with fresh watermelon, gin, lime juice and ginger ale. Simple and perfect for a hot summer night.
  12. Watermelon Punch
    This isn’t your mother’s punch! Watermelon puree, fresh lime juice, mint leaves, sugar, water and light rum (optional, of course).
  13. Watermelon Bellinis
    Whether it’s with brunch or lunch, a bellini makes any meal special. This recipe features prosecco and lemon rind for extra zing.
  14. Polynesian Watermelon ‘Otai
    A drink from Tonga that uses fresh watermelon with crushed pineapple, evaporated milk, shredded coconut and a bit of lime juice.
  15. Watermelon Ginger Fresca
    This is your typical agua fresca kicked up with spicy fresh ginger juice. Add alcohol for an even bigger kick!

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  • Ricki August 26, 2012, 3:25 pm

    Just found your post–thank you so much for linking to my Watermelon-Basil Cooler! (and yes, it really is incredibly refreshing). :D Your list of beverages sounds fantastic–I must try other watermelon-based drinks before the season is over! :)

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