9 Watermelon Martini Recipes for a Taste of Summer Yearlong

Watermelon Martini with watermelon fruit decoration

From seeded to seedless, you can find watermelons everywhere during summertime. The bright pinky-orange fruit is beloved by kids and adults alike, and it appears in a litany of dishes, desserts, and drinks. If you're looking for a new way to put that watermelon you buy every week to use, try out one of these nine watermelon martini and cocktail recipes that bring the perfect amount of sweetness to your summer afternoons.

Watermelon Martini

This watermelon martini recipe is a great transformation of the classic martini style with the seasonal ingredients birthed from mother nature's bounty.

Watermelon martinis

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1½ ounces watermelon juice
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • Ice
  • Watermelon wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the simple syrup, lime juice, watermelon juice, and vodka.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain the mixture into a martini glass.
  4. Garnish with a watermelon wedge.

Manic Melon Martini

For a strong and unique melon flavored watermelon martini, try out this manic melon martini recipe that adds the bright green liqueur, Midori, to the mix.

Watermelon cocktail with a wedge of sliced watermelon as a garnish

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 1½ ounces watermelon juice
  • ½ ounce Midori
  • 1 ounce watermelon vodka
  • Ice
  • Watermelon wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the simple syrup, watermelon juice, Midori, and watermelon vodka.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain the mixture into a martini glass.
  4. Garnish with a watermelon wedge.

Frozen Watermelon Mint Martini

No one craves frozen martinis quite like they do during the summertime, because of its blistering heat. This frozen watermelon mint martini will help cool you off in a delightfully fun way.

Freshly made watermelon martini with ice and mint leaves

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh watermelon
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ ounce mint simple syrup
  • 1 ounce watermelon vodka
  • ½ to 1 cup crushed ice
  • Mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine the fresh watermelon, water, mint simple syrup, and watermelon vodka.
  2. Add ice and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a rocks glass.
  4. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Candied Watermelon Martini

If you fall on the sweet side of the flavor preference, you'll want to give this candied watermelon martini a chance.

Candied Watermelon Martini

Ingredients

  • ¾ ounce simple syrup, ¼ ounce for garnish
  • Sugar for garnish
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce watermelon schnapps
  • 1½ ounces vanilla vodka
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Dip the rim of a martini glass in simple syrup and then into a plate filled with sugar. Set aside.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice, watermelon schnapps, and vanilla vodka.
  3. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into the prepared martini glass.

Fruit Salad Martini

Inspired by the mishmash of random ingredients that were thrown together and called a fruit salad during the mid-century, this fruit salad martini combines the flavors of mint, lime, and watermelon for one fruity experience.

Fruit Salad Martini On Table

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce mint simple syrup
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1½ ounces watermelon gin
  • Ice
  • Tonic water
  • Lime wedge for garnish
  • Watermelon balls for garnish
  • Mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the simple syrup, lime juice, and watermelon gin.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain the mixture into a stemless wine glass.
  4. Top with tonic water.
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge, some watermelon balls, and a mint sprig.

Picnic Blanket Martini

The picnic blanket martini is a great drink to enjoy during the daytime or at night, with its light flavor that comes from mint, watermelon juice, amaretto, and vodka mixed together into a tasty, cool cocktail.

Watermelon martini with paper straws, mint leaves and ice

Ingredients

  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1 ounce watermelon juice
  • ½ ounce amaretto liqueur
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves.
  2. Add the watermelon juice, amaretto liqueur, and vodka.
  3. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass.

Melon-Mosa Martini

If you're a bit of a rule-breaker, you should check out this melon-mosa martini, which marries the martini and mimosa recipes into an interesting summer hybrid drink.

Watermelon cocktail on bar counter

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces watermelon juice
  • ¼ ounce triple sec
  • Ice
  • Champagne, chilled
  • Watermelon wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a mixing glass, combine the watermelon juice and triple sec.
  2. Add ice and stir to chill.
  3. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass or coupe.
  4. Top with Champagne.
  5. Garnish with a watermelon wedge.

Blueberry Watermelon Martini

With the abundance of berries and melons during the summer months, you're bound to be looking for new ways to use your harvests before they go bad. If you've got some spare blueberries and watermelon on hand, give this blueberry watermelon martini a try.

Watermelon and blueberries on table

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cubed watermelon
  • 10 blueberries
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 1½ ounces blueberry vodka
  • Ice
  • Blueberry skewer for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the watermelon and blueberries.
  2. Add the simple syrup and blueberry vodka.
  3. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled coupe.
  5. Garnish with a cocktail skewer filled with blueberries.

Pomegranate and Watermelon Martini

Add a little drama to your life with this dark and rich martini that brings pomegranate and watermelon together in a creatively balanced cocktail.

Yummy cocktail made of fresh pomegranate, watermelon and mint

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • ½ ounce watermelon simple syrup
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce watermelon schnapps
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the pomegranate juice, watermelon simple syrup, lime juice, watermelon schnapps, and vodka.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice.

Ways to Garnish a Watermelon Martini

Garnishing a watermelon martini can be extremely fun because of the sweet and colorful decorations that will suit the pink and red cocktails. Take a look at just a few of the ways that you can garnish one of these summer drinks:

  • Giving a cocktail a sugar rim will add an extra bit of sweetness to your finished drink.
  • A cube or small wedge of watermelon placed on the edge adds a pop of color and something to enjoy on the side.
  • Large, dried blooms are great to add to watermelon martinis, particularly those with colors that compliment the drink's own hues like whites, yellows, and oranges.
  • You can float a few watermelon seeds on the top of your finished drink for a subtle touch to your completed cocktail.
  • A unique way to use all of the fruit is to slice some of the rind and skewer it to be placed on the top of your drink.

Watermelon Martinis for Summer Days and Summer Nights

When making cocktails from home, you're only limited by your ingredients and your imagination. Thankfully, most summer cocktails require far fewer ingredients than those of other seasons, most of which you probably already have on hand as they're based on the delicious fruits that're ripe for the picking. In this case, if you're a watermelon fiend and can't get enough of the sweet, pinky fruit, give some of the watermelon martinis a try.

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