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two glasses and a pitcher filled with watermelon vodka cocktail.

Watermelon Vodka Cocktail Recipe

Almost everyone loves the taste of watermelon, and the flavor goes great when paired with vodka. Learn how to make a simple and delicious Watermelon Vodka Cocktail that is perfect for summer.

  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 2 cups of fresh watermelon, cubed, or 1 cup of store-bought watermelon juice
  • 3 oz vodka (see notes for other types of alcohol you can use)
  • 1/2 lime, freshly squeezed (around 1 tablespoon
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 2 sprigs of fresh mint, optional
  • 1 cup crushed ice


  1. Place the watermelon cubes in a blender, and blend until you have a smooth watermelon puree. 
  2. Strain the puree until it’s smooth and free of pulp. You should be left with one cup of juice. 
  3. Add the watermelon juice, vodka, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker with the ice cubes.
  4. Shake the mixture vigorously. 
  5. If you’re adding mint leaves, clap them in your hands to release the flavor and add to the glasses with the crushed ice.
  6. Pour your freshly shaken cocktail over the crushed ice and serve. 


  1. If you’re pressed for time or can’t find fresh watermelon in your area, you can use store-bought watermelon juice instead. Just watch out for added sweeteners or sugars.
  2. You can use lime or lemon juice in this cocktail.
  3. This cocktail should have more than enough sweetness on its own, especially if you use a fresh, ripe watermelon to make it. But, if you are a sweet tooth, use agave or honey as a slightly healthier option to sweeten it. Try adding 1 teaspoon per serving.
  4. If you want to make a mocktail with no alcohol, simply replace the vodka with club soda or soda water.

Keywords: watermelon vodka, vodka summer drink, watermelon cocktail