7 Refreshing Watermelon Cocktails For Warm Summer Evenings
A crispy, pink watermelon that makes a ‘crunch’ noise when you bite into a slice is a welcoming hydrant on a warm, humid summer day. And when you hit an island to lounge at a comfy shack, a watermelon cooler is the perfect drink to sip on while acquiring a stunning tan. But what if watermelon juice and other mixes inspired by the freshness of this fruit could be given a dirty twist to make your drinks just a tad bit boozy?
Watermelon cocktails are an inviting treat to ward off the heat while enjoying the feels of a tropical tiki party. These are drinks to be enjoyed when you want to let loose and chill out in the most laid back way, like you would do at an island party. There are many different concoctions which make use of this versatile fruit to offer some lip smacking cocktails packing quite a kick.
Here are some rejuvenating watermelon cocktails that you can gulp during summers as the heat bears down upon you:
Infusing a delicious white, like a Pinot Grigio or a Sauvignon Blanc with the flavours of watermelon is like adding another layer of fruity heaven to a vibrant drink. You can make watermelon sangria using generous helpings of the fruit along with citruses and a bit of strawberry to give the drink a very seductive hue. Garnish with mint leaves that pair well with a ripe watermelon.
Watermelon Basil Margarita
This is a classic drink that combines the freshness of watermelon and the herby rejuvenation of basil to produce a thoroughly aromatic and densely flavoured cocktail. Use a bottle of premium Don Julio Blanco to make a margarita pitcher brimming with watermelon juice, lime and triple sec. If you like to bite on the sweet fruit, adjust the consistency of the juice to make it more pulpy.
Watermelon Mint Cooler
Watermelon and mint is truly a match made in heaven. The freshness of mint leaves complements the distinct sweetness and crispy texture of the fruit to create a cooler that is refreshing and hydrating. While the mocktail has its own virtues, give it a twist by adding a dash of 30 ml Ketel One Premium Distilled Vodka and introduce a light buzz into the drink. Enjoy this on a warm summer day with tons of ice and mint sprigs for garnish.
Any fruit which is abundant in water and sweet flavours would blend well with the slight spiciness of black pepper. This works in cocktail recipes too, so that the pepper melon celebrates the fruity notes of the pinky fruit mixed with black pepper and honey syrup. Add to it a dash of Gordon’s The Original London Dry Gin whose botanicals further elevate the fruity and sweet notes of the drink while highlighting the spicier profile of pepper powder.
This is a refreshing drink which derives its name from the mocker of the football team, Arizona Cardinals and is a melony twist on a tequila sour. Include watermelon chunks in the recipe along with lime juice and campari to arrive at the perfect balance of sweet and sour flavours.
Made from fleshy watermelon, simple syrup, mint and vodka, this classic punch recipe is best enjoyed encased in a hollowed-out watermelon topped with a tiki umbrella. The punch is such an appealing quencher on a warm summer day and can be whipped up using some quality Smirnoff Triple Distilled Vodka for a balance of bitter, sweet and minty tastes.
The famous rum cocktail is a perfectly versatile drink. A lot of flavours can be introduced into this mix without taking away from its strong profile. Watermelon’s fresh flavours can be blended into a mix of rum, lime and agave syrup to create a vibrant-looking drink complete with the distinctly zesty taste of watermelon juice.