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Easy Watermelon Vodka Cocktail

Introducing the Easy Watermelon Vodka Cocktail: the ultimate thirst-quencher that screams summer in every sip! 

With just three simple ingredients and an irresistibly refreshing taste, this cocktail is your ticket to cool, breezy evenings and sunny backyard gatherings. 

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Whether you’re hosting a casual get-together or simply looking for a way to beat the heat on a hot summer day, this delicious vodka watermelon cocktail will have you reaching for seconds (or thirds!) without breaking a sweat.

Ingredients you’ll need for this drink

There are just a few simple ingredients used to make this  perfect refreshing drink, found in your local grocery store.

  • Vodka. Adds a smooth and subtle kick, elevating the overall experience of the cocktail.
  • Fresh lime juice or lemon juice. Brings a bright and lively element to your drink. It cuts through the sweetness of the watermelon, providing a balanced and zesty note. You can either use store-bought watermelon juice, or make your own. More on this below.
  • Watermelon juice. This ingredient is the star of the show. It infuses the drink with its natural sweetness and gives a refreshing feeling with fresh flavors.
  • Fresh watermelon. This is optional! but the sweet watermelon slice adds a touch of visual flair to your drink, with minimal effort. Look for a seedless watermelon.
Watermelon Vodka Drink

Substitutions and Add-ons for this watermelon vodka cocktail recipe

  • Club soda or soda water: If you’re looking to lighten up the cocktail and add a sparkling touch, club soda is your go-to add-on. Simply pour in a splash or two of club soda to create a bubbly sensation.
  • Fresh mint: Muddle a few mint leaves in the glass before adding the other ingredients, or garnish your drink with a sprig of mint. The aromatic and cooling qualities of mint complement the watermelon and vodka, adding a hint of herbal freshness
  • White rum: Replace the vodka with white rum to infuse a Caribbean twist into your cocktail. The rum’s slightly sweet and smooth character adds depth and complexity, changing the overall taste experience.
  • Watermelon cubes: Instead of relying solely on watermelon juice, toss a few juicy watermelon cubes directly into the drink. They’ll act as sweet and refreshing surprises as you sip, adding an extra burst of natural flavor and texture.

How to make this sweet cocktail

Fill your glass with ice cubes. This will ensure your drink stays cool and refreshing.

Pour 2 oz of vodka directly into the glass (adjust the amount to your personal taste).

Next, add the freshly squeezed lime juice. Then, grab that chilled watermelon juice and pour it directly into the glass, allowing it to mix with the vodka.

Give it a quick stir with a spoon or a straw to ensure everything is nicely blended together. Garnish your drink with a wedge of fresh watermelon and enjoy!

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Watermelon cocktail recipe variations

While this cocktail is perfect for backyard BBQs and summer parties, not everyone is a vodka fan or prefers different spirits altogether. So, here’s a list of exciting twists to turn your drink into a whole new thing!

Watermelon Margaritas: Shake things up by swapping vodka for tequila. Say goodbye to lime or lemon juice and welcome Triple Sec or your preferred orange liqueur. Rim your glass with lemon and salt for that classic Margarita touch, and serve with a fresh watermelon garnish.

Watermelon Martini: Substitute lime or lemon juice with Triple Sec, adding a touch of citrusy sweetness. Then, instead of regular vodka, go for watermelon vodka to really intensify that watermelon flavor. Serve it up in a martini glass and garnish with a fresh watermelon wedge.

Watermelon Mimosas: Swap out the vodka for sparkling wine or champagne, adding a touch of effervescence to your watermelon drink. If you prefer, skip the citrus juice altogether or go for a small splash of orange juice instead. 

With these variations, you can enjoy the versatility of watermelon drinks in a whole new way! From Margaritas to Martinis and Mimosas, there’s a fantastic option for every palate and occasion.

Ideas on how to serve this refreshing watermelon vodka cocktail

Cocktails have a certain charm, and presentation plays a huge role in their appeal. 

Adding that extra touch to your drink can take it to a whole new level, and the best part is, it requires minimal effort. 

So, here are a few effortless yet effective ideas to elevate the serving and presentation of your cocktail:

Glasses and containers:

  1. Cocktail Glass: For an elegant presentation, serve your watermelon vodka cocktail in a classic cocktail glass. The sleek and sophisticated shape of the glass will enhance the visual appeal of your drink. 
  2. Mason Jar: For a rustic and charming vibe, serve your cocktail in a mason jar. The clear glass will showcase the vibrant colors of the drink, making it visually appealing. Add a lime wheel and a sprig of mint to the rim or place them inside the jar for a refreshing and beautiful presentation.
  3. Large Pitcher: Hosting a gathering? Scale up your watermelon vodka cocktail by making a batch in a large pitcher. Fill the pitcher with ice cubes, pour in the watermelon and lemon juice and vodka, and stir well. To make it visually appealing, add lime wheels, mint sprigs, and watermelon wedges to float in the pitcher. Not only does this look stunning, but it also allows guests to serve themselves, making it a convenient and stylish option.

Garnishes:

  1. Lime Wheel: Take a lime wheel and make a small slit in the center. Place it on the rim of the glass to add a touch of citrus aroma and a vibrant pop of color. 
  2. Mint Sprig: Place a fresh mint sprig on top of your drink as a garnish. This adds a herbal aroma and freshness to your drink. It also serves as an eye-catching element that elevates the overall look and feel of your cocktail.
  3. Wedge of Watermelon: Take a wedge of watermelon and slide it onto the rim of the glass. You can also cut them with a sharp knife into long and thin slices, and place them on top of the glass as a garnish. This not only adds a playful touch but also allows to enjoy a juicy watermelon bite alongside the cocktail.
Watermelon Vodka Drink

Here’s a video of this refreshing drink, and how to make it.

Take a look at some other drink recipes below:

Easy Pineapple Vodka Cocktail Recipe

Mango & Passion Fruit Mezcal Cocktail

Easy Strawberry Lemonade

Starbucks Green Tea Lemonade Recipe

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Easy Watermelon Vodka Cocktail

Introducing the Easy Watermelon Vodka Cocktail: the ultimate thirst-quencher that screams summer in every sip! 
With just three simple ingredients and an irresistibly refreshing taste, this cocktail is your ticket to cool, breezy evenings and sunny backyard gatherings. 
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Maria Corcuera, sweet fix baker, vodka and watermelon drink, vodka watermelon cocktail, vodka watermelon drink recipe, watermelon vodka cocktail
Servings: 1 cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 4 ounces watermelon juice store bought or homemade
  • 1 piece fresh watermelon wedge optional

Instructions

  • Fill your glass with ice cubes. This will ensure your drink stays cool and refreshing.
  • Pour 2 oz of vodka directly into the glass (adjust the amount to suit your personal taste).
    2 ounces vodka
  • Next, add the freshly squeezed lime juice. Then, grab that chilled watermelon juice and pour it directly into the glass, allowing it to mix with the vodka.
    2 teaspoons fresh lemon or lime juice, 4 ounces watermelon juice
  • Give it a quick stir with a spoon or a straw to ensure everything is nicely blended together. Garnish your drink with a wedge of fresh watermelon and enjoy!
    1 piece fresh watermelon wedge

Notes

Substitutions and add-ons 
  • Club soda or soda water: If you’re looking to lighten up the cocktail and add a sparkling touch, club soda is your go-to add-on. Simply pour in a splash or two of club soda to create a bubbly sensation.
  • Fresh mint: Muddle a few mint leaves in the glass before adding the other ingredients, or garnish your drink with a sprig of mint. The aromatic and cooling qualities of mint complement the watermelon and vodka, adding a hint of herbal freshness
  • White rum: Replace the vodka with white rum to infuse a Caribbean twist into your cocktail. The rum’s slightly sweet and smooth character adds depth and complexity, changing the overall taste experience.
  • Watermelon cubes: Instead of relying solely on watermelon juice, toss a few juicy watermelon cubes directly into the drink. They’ll act as sweet and refreshing surprises as you sip, adding an extra burst of natural flavor and texture.

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