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May. 18, 2023
Summer is here, and with it comes the fruit of the season: watermelon. There’s something special about biting into the refreshing fruit, and it might be even better if it’s incorporated into something sippable — you don’t even have to worry about seeds. Take a look at our list of the top four watermelon vodka cocktails that are perfect for warmer weather.
But first, let’s take a look at the spirit of the drink. Watermelon cocktails are crowd-pleasers, and there are many types of alcohol that can go well with the juicy fruit. So while it’s up to your taste, vodka is a popular choice for mixing with watermelon because it has a delicate flavour that won't overpower the sweetness of the fruit.
Watermelon is over 90% water, which makes it an excellent fruit for mixing in cocktails. As with any fruit-forward cocktail, freshness matters. If you’re working with the actual fruit and not just flavouring, make sure you find one that’s perfectly ripe. A seedless one may be easier to work with (and drink) as well, but you can always strain seeds out.
The Watermelon Basil & Soda is perfect for sipping in the warm summer sun. This refreshing tasting drink is super simple to make. Just combine GREY GOOSE® Essences Watermelon & Basil, made with real fruit and botanical essences, with soda water for a bubbly beverage.
Next on the list is the Basil Watermelon Cooler cocktail. This cocktail is a bit more complex than the Watermelon Basil & Soda, but the end result is worth the effort. The fruity, tart and herbaceous flavours come together for a uniquely refreshing taste perfect for a backyard barbeque or a day at the lakehouse.
If you're in the mood for a classic cocktail with a watermelon twist, the Watermelon Julep is for you. This cocktail is a refreshing take on the classic mint julep thanks to the addition of fresh watermelon juice.
Another classic with a twist, the Water Mary turns your brunch into something that celebrates the season. It’s the savoury and spicy drink you know and love, but with a little added sweetness and freshness thanks to the watermelon. Watermelon jerky as a garnish really sets it apart for your next get-together. You can even include this as an option in a DIY Bloody Mary bar.
Whether you're in the mood for something slightly sweet and herbaceous, like the Watermelon Basil & Soda, or something savoury and spicy, like the Water Mary, watermelon is a versatile ingredient perfect for seasonal sipping. Which one will you make?