Watermelon Martini (or Mocktail!)

Watermelon Martini (or Mocktail!)

A watermelon martini is the perfect taste of summer in our home. I made my first one years ago when we moved into our new house. We spent a lot of time planning and building this house, and one thing I really wanted was a big pantry where I could easily make cocktails. Now, our pantry is like a mini bar, a place to store things, and also a coffee nook! It’s so convenient because while Bruce is cooking in the kitchen, I can be in the pantry cutting up fresh watermelon and making delicious watermelon cocktails!

We call this cocktail the “Wa-Tini,” and it’s the first fruity martini I ever made. The combination of fresh watermelon and vodka or gin is just perfect for the summer!

This watermelon martini recipe is super easy and can be made for just one martini, but you can also make a whole pitcher if you like. The key is to use 2 parts vodka, 1 part lime juice, and 1 part Cointreau-add this to some cubed fresh watermelon. But, feel free to switch up the alcohol to rum or gin if you prefer, and adjust the proportions to suit your taste. If you decide to try this watermelon martini recipe, we’d love to hear what you think! It’s a refreshing and delightful way to enjoy the freshness of watermelon in a simple cocktail. And don’t forget you can make this a mocktail for the kiddos!

Why we love these martinis:

Freshly made martinis taste really good because they use fresh, high-quality ingredients. When you mix these ingredients carefully, it makes the cocktail smooth and delicious. You can customize it to your liking. It looks beautiful too, with garnishes adding a special touch. When someone takes the time to make it for you, it becomes a wonderful experience you’ll enjoy and remember. All these things together make freshly made martinis really, really good!

Can I make this a spicy martini?

Absolutely! If you want to add a spicy kick to your watermelon martini, there are two delicious ways to do it. First, you can use a fresh jalapeño garnish. Simply slice a fresh jalapeño pepper and place a few slices on the rim of the martini glass or float them on top of the drink. As you take each sip, the jalapeño will infuse its spicy flavor into the cocktail, creating a zesty and invigorating twist to the sweet watermelon taste. Another way to add spiciness is by dipping the watermelon slice in Tajin seasoning before using it as a garnish. Tajin is a flavorful mix of chili, lime, and salt, which pairs wonderfully with the juicy sweetness of watermelon. The combination of the Tajin-coated watermelon and the watermelon martini creates a perfect balance of spicy and refreshing, making it a delightful and memorable cocktail experience. Cheers to enjoying the spicy side of watermelon martinis!

Can you freeze watermelon?

Yes! After cutting the fruit, arrange it in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and freeze for several hours until solid. Once frozen, place the watermelon in a bag for long term storage. It is perfect for blended drinks, or to simply add to a crisp glass of white wine!

Can I make this a Mocktail?

Yes! If you love a good mocktail, leave out the vodka, and sub out fresh squeased orange juice instead of Cointreau. I like to serve the mocktail over ice with a bit of sparkling water over the top! So refreshing! It is a fun drink served with a straw and a wedge of watermelon! Our favorite sparkling water to use is Topo Chico.

Look for Seedless Watermelon

When it comes to taste and texture, seedless watermelons do not disappoint. They offer a succulent, juicy flesh with a sweetness that’s hard to resist. The absence of seeds means no interruptions to your enjoyment, allowing you to relish every bite without the need for spitting out or picking through the fruit.

Seedless watermelon varieties are a product of careful cultivation and selective breeding. Through a process called triploidization, scientists have developed seedless varieties by crossing watermelons with different ploidy levels. These varieties are generally considered to be hybrid cultivars and are favored for their convenience and consistent taste.

When it comes to taste and texture, seedless watermelons do not disappoint. They offer a succulent, juicy flesh with a sweetness that’s hard to resist. The absence of seeds means no interruptions to your enjoyment, allowing you to relish every bite without the need for spitting out or picking through the fruit.

Best time to buy seedless watermelon

While seedless watermelon are available in some regions year-round, their peak season typically aligns with the summer months, from May to September, depending on your location. During this time, you’ll find an abundance of seedless watermelon varieties in grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and roadside stands.

Tips to selecting & storing a flavorful watermelon:

To ensure you’re selecting the freshest and ripest seedless watermelons, here are a few tips to keep in mind. Look for watermelons that have a uniform shape and feel heavy for their size. A firm, symmetrical melon with a dull rind (rather than shiny) is a good indicator of ripeness. Additionally, tap the watermelon gently; if you hear a deep, resonating sound, it’s likely a sign that it’s full of delicious, juicy goodness.

Once you’ve brought home your seedless watermelon, it’s best to store it in a cool and dry place, such as the refrigerator. This will help preserve its crispness and flavor. When you’re ready to enjoy it, simply slice it up and let the taste of summer envelop your senses.

So, there you have it—seedless watermelon varieties, the perfect companions for lazy summer days. With their abundant sweetness and the absence of bothersome seeds, they offer a hassle-free way to enjoy this beloved fruit. Remember to keep an eye out for them during their peak season and treat yourself to their juicy splendor, and a crisp watermelon martini!

2 watermelon martinis and slices of watermelon

Watermelon Martini (Or Mocktail!)

Indulge in the refreshing blend of juicy watermelon and crisp vodka in a tantalizing watermelon martini, garnished with a slice of fresh lime for a zesty finish. For a non-alcoholic delight, savor the vibrant flavors of a watermelon mocktail, crafted with muddled watermelon chunks, a splash of citrus soda, and a sprig of mint for an invigorating twist.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 6 minutes
Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: martini, vodka, watermelon
Servings: 1 martini
Calories: 256kcal
Author: Bruce and Dina Miller

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces fresh watermelon cubes
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 ounce small watermelon wedge for garnish

Instructions

  • Add the watermelon to a cocktail shaker, and muddle. Strain this out into another glass to get all the pulp out. You want to get at least 2 ounces of watermelon juice. Add the juice back into the cocktail shaker.
  • Add in the lime juice, vodka, and cointreau. Add a few large cubes of ice, and shake.
  • Strain into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with a wedge of watermelon.

Nutrition

Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 362IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
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Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

Hi, we are Bruce and Dina Miller. We love to cook every night. We enjoy making a few healthy dishes, and also comfort food. We love crafting cocktails too! Come take a look, we would love to share our recipes with you.

Comments

  1. James Synowicki Reply

    5 stars
    This cocktail looks SO refreshing and perfect for these hot and humid summer days!

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply

      James and Elaine,

      Using watermelon juice from a fresh watermelon and double straining is the trick! We have come a long way from the first Wa-tini that I posted when we started this blog!

      Have the best weekend!

      Dina and Bruce

  2. Renee Fuentes Reply

    5 stars
    Easy refreshing summer cocktail!!

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply

      Renee,

      Awe, thank you for the rating and comment, that means so much to us! Cheers to Summer!

      Dina and Bruce

  3. Albana Reply

    5 stars
    That’s perfect summer drink! I love it!

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply

      Albana,

      Oh thank you so much! And the cocktails you are making are so gorgeous! CHEERS to Summer!

      Dina and Bruce

  4. Michelle Reply

    5 stars
    What a refreshing cocktail! I can see why it was featured!

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply

      Michelle,

      Awe, you are so sweet! Just like this cocktail! Cheers to an amazing end of Summer!

      Dina and Bruce

  5. Alaina Reply

    5 stars
    Wow!! All I truly want on a summer night! Wonderful summer cocktail!

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply

      Alaina,

      Thank you so much! This is such a fun seasonal cocktail!

      Dina and Bruce

  6. Sarah Reply

    5 stars
    Something about a martini that just feels extra fancy. The watermelon is so refreshing in this.

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply

      Sarah,

      Extra fancy is exactly how this cocktail makes us feel!!

      Dina and Bruce

  7. Elizabeth Crissey Reply

    5 stars
    Watermelon flavored anything you can count me in!!!! ??? Most refreshing drink for those hot weekend nights!

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  9. Ali Reply

    5 stars
    This watermelon martini is an absolutely delicious and refreshing cocktail! Will be making a lot of these this summer..

  10. Gloria Reply

    5 stars
    Sounds great for my next bbq party. Love the option of a mocktail too. The kids can have some, and so can the drivers!

  11. Chenee Reply

    5 stars
    OOH I’m dreaming of enjoying this next to the pool this summer! Looks delicious!

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply

      Chenee,

      That sounds amazing! We have a vacation at a beach this summer, and these will be on repeat!

      Dina and Bruce

  12. Casey Reply

    5 stars
    I love the bright summery flavors in this. Absolutely perfect!

  13. Kim Reply

    5 stars
    Turning this into a mocktail for my daughter’s summer birthday party. It’s going to be watermelon themed!

  14. Amanda Wren-Grimwood Reply

    5 stars
    Love the colour in this cocktail and it tastes so delicious. My new favourite!

  15. Amy Reply

    5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious! I love how refreshing it was on this hot day!

  16. Holly Reply

    5 stars
    This martini was delicious! I love all things watermelon and this cocktail didn’t disappoint! I will be making them poolside with the girls next week.

  17. Ali Reply

    5 stars
    These watermelon martinis are incredible!! One of the best cocktails to make when watermelons are in season!

  18. Michelle Reply

    5 stars
    This is such a fun summer drink! Will definitely be making again!

  19. Kushi Mallya Reply

    5 stars
    Refreshing and delicious cocktail recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Kechi Reply

    5 stars
    I like the two options, definitely going for the mocktail! Bookmarked to give a try next week; thanks for sharing!

  21. Lauren Reply

    5 stars
    This watermelon martini was so fresh and delicious! It is definitely going to be a summer staple this year!

  22. DK Reply

    5 stars
    I was looking for a refreshing drink for this summer and this is it! The watermelon flavor in this martini is awesome!

  23. Gianne Reply

    5 stars
    The combination of fresh watermelon, vodka, and a splash of lime juice creates a perfectly balanced and summery drink. Definitely a must-try!

  24. Donalyn Reply

    5 stars
    I couldn’t wait for local watermelon – I caved and bought one at the supermarket so that I could try this martini. It is amazing – refreshing and pleasingly boozy!

  25. Dannii Reply

    These were amazing. So refreshing and they are definitely going to see us through summer.

  26. Nathanaelle Yoshimura Reply

    5 stars
    Perfect for hot weather! So elegant too!

  27. Anjali Reply

    5 stars
    This was such a refreshing and delicious drink!! Perfect for summer!

  28. Gus Reply

    5 stars
    The watermelon martini was a refreshing delight! The sweet and juicy watermelon flavor made it the perfect summer cocktail. It was easy to mix and had just the right amount of sweetness. Definitely a new favorite for warm evenings!

  29. Heather Reply

    5 stars
    Totally fabulous summer cocktail, refreshing, bright and beautiful! A total party pleaser, thank you!

  30. Holley Reply

    5 stars
    This is my new go-to summer time drink! I am obsessed with these!!!

  31. Nathan Reply

    5 stars
    Wa-Tini is such a fun name for this cocktail! It was super easy to make and really hit the spot–I have a feeling I’ll be enjoying these all summer!

  32. Gianne Reply

    5 stars
    The fresh watermelon juice combined perfectly with a hint of lime, creating a vibrant, summery flavor that’s both invigorating and sweet. It’s now my go-to drink for warm evenings and gatherings with friends!

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