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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.
First on the list is the Basil Watermelon Cooler cocktail. This cocktail is a bit more complex, 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 Cooler, or something savoury and spicy, like the Water Mary, watermelon is a versatile ingredient perfect for seasonal sipping. Which one will you make?