Wedding Ideas

15 Watermelon Cocktails for Summer

Posted on August 03, 2016 by Francesca Sgambati

Summertime weddings stand out with fresh, fruity, refreshing cocktails, especially welcome if you get a steamy day for your Big Day. You’ll surely want a fantastic bar menu, filled with creative cocktails and refreshers your guests don’t make for themselves all too often, and the sweet juice of watermelon is one of those wonderful tastes of summer that brings back childhood memories. The vivid pink/red hue of watermelon cocktails likely works with your summer wedding color scheme. Add in cute watermelon-motif drink napkins and coasters, and watermelon cube-speared drink stirrers, and you have the perfect summertime cocktail quencher. So to add some watermelon wonderful to your wedding bar list, consider these top 15 watermelon cocktails:


Watermelon Sauza Tequila

1. Sparkling Watermelon Margarita
Sauza Tequila just added Watermelon to their collection of bottled sparkling margaritas, and this one is easy to serve—just unscrew the cap of the bright pink drink bottle and pour. The pink of this sparking drink is ultra-vibrant, and it’s tequila, so it has a kick.



2. Watermelon Cosmo
1 mini seedless watermelon

1 cup vodka, chilled

1/4 cup triple sec, chilled

1/3 cup Cointreau, chilled

Juice of 3 limes

Sugar cane sticks (optional garnish)

Mint sprigs (optional garnish)





3. Big Breezy
2 parts Absolut New Orleans vodka

4 chunks fresh watermelon

1 part simple syrup

Squeeze of fresh lemon

Pinch of black pepper

Melon ball for garnish

Lemon slice for garnish



4. Watermelon Mojito
20 tablespoons watermelon juice

6-8 mint leaves

4 tablespoons fresh lime juice

3 tablespoons simple syrup

7 tablespoons light rum

Top off with 1-2 tablespoons sparkling water per glass

2 small wedges of watermelon (optional)



New Jersey Bride—Melancia Sour


5. Melancia Sour
1 1/2 ounces cachaca

1/2 ounce lemongrass syrup (recipe in link)

1/2 ounce lime juice

1 1/2 ounces watermelon juice


6. Sunset Strip
1 1/2 ounces Absolut Los Angeles Vodka

1/4 ounce lime juice

1/2 ounce simple syrup

2 ounces cranberry juice

2 watermelon chunks

Watermelon chunk for garnish


Watermelon Margarita


7. Watermelon Margarita
1 1/2 ounces tequila

1 ounce triple sec

1/2 ounce lime juice

1/2 cup seeded watermelon

1 cup ice

Watermelon wedge for garnish



8. Watermelon Honey Citrus Refresher
8 ounces chilled vodka or pisco

3 cups coarsely chopped seedless watermelon

1 cup honey

4 ounces fresh lemon juice

Finely grated zest of 2 lemons

2 ounces fresh red grapefruit juice

4 cups ice

6 watermelon wedges, for garnish




9. Watermelon Sangria
12 cups cubed watermelon, divided

1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry white wine

1 cup vodka

1/2 cup triple sec

1/2 cup simple syrup

1 medium lime, quartered

1 orange, cut into wedges Organic Navel Oranges

1 cup fresh blueberries 


10. Sandia Smash
(The Spanish word for watermelon is ‘Sandia.’)

3 watermelon chunks, plus 3 watermelon chunks skewered on a pick for garnish

3/4 ounce fresh lime juice

1/4 ounce agave nectar

1/2 ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur

2 ounces blanco tequila




11. Watermelon Vodka Slush
4 cups watermelon flesh, seeds removed

2 fluid ounces simple syrup

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 cup vodka

2 fluid ounces melon liqueur

4 twists lemon zest, garnish


12. Watermelon Strawberry Aqua Fresca
1/2 cup water

1/4 cup sugar

2 mint sprigs, plus more for garnish

One 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

Pinch of salt

2 cups seedless watermelon cubes

2 cups hulled strawberries

Ice and chilled sparkling water, for serving


Watermelon Cocktails


13. Rosemary Infused Watermelon Lemonade
2 cups water

3/4 cup white sugar

1 sprig rosemary, leaves stripped and chopped

2 cups lemon juice

12 cups cubed seeded watermelon Jumbo Seedless Watermelon

8 cups ice cubes



14. Melon Citrus Smash (and other Watermelon Schnapps drinks)
1 Part Pucker Watermelon Schnapps

1 Part Pinnacle Vodka

Orange Juice


15. Watermelon Cucumber Cooler
1 1/2 ounces Aviation American Gin

2 slices cucumber

1 1/2 ounces freshly pressed watermelon juice (or muddle 3-1″ chunks)

1/2 ounce simple syrup

3/4 ounce freshly pressed lime juice

Pinch salt

1 1/2 ounces soda water

Cucumber slice for garnish



Talk to your wedding or bridal shower restaurant bar manager to ask for a tasting of watermelon cocktails, in addition to other cocktails you’ll want on your menu, and you might just find a new favorite to name as one of your signature cocktails…or create an all-watermelon list of signature cocktails at your Watermelon Bar. And don’t forget to set out of a platter of freshly-cut watermelon chunks for guests to pick on. Which watermelon cocktail sounds amazing to you? Have any other watermelon drink recipes to share? Post them here.



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