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Now Trending: Watermelon Cocktails

If you are on Social Media, you must be seeing watermelon cocktails everywhere! This is one trend I am fully on board with; the drinks are refreshing on hot summer days (like this heat wave that is happening), watermelon is low cal, has many health benefits, and not to mention very delicious.  I have a few favorite and easy recipes to share you to help survive the heat wave and also celebrate the 4th with.

Soaked Tequila Watermelon:

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This one isn’t a cocktail, but it is hands down my favorite party treat. Here’s what you’ll need:

1 inch-thick watermelon wedges
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup tequila
1/4 cup Triple Sec
2 limes, halved or cut into wedges
sea salt


Arrange watermelon wedges in a single layer in 2 (9×13-inch) baking dishes. Then prepare the simple syrup: bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring until sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in tequila and Triple Sec. Set aside to cool. Pour cooled syrup over watermelon and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes (longer if you wish). Remove watermelon from syrup, and arrange on a platter. Squeeze limes over the watermelon and sprinkle with sea salt.


Watermelon Breeze:

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1 part Cruzan Light Rum
1 part Cruzan Coconut Rum
2 oz Watermelon Puree
Fresh Lime
Muddled Mint


Start with a sprig of mint in the glass, muddle and add fresh lime juice and honey. Then pour the watermelon puree, ice, and the rums.

Watermelon Mojitos:

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6 cups cubed watermelon
1 cup simple syrup
50 fresh mint leaves
3/4 cup fresh lime juice approx. 5 limes
1 cup white rum


Blend watermelon in the blender until pureed.  Measure out 2 cups of the strained watermelon juice. Place fresh mint in the bottom of a large pitcher. Add a little bit of the watermelon juice and muddle, add remaining watermelon juice, fresh lime juice, 2/3 cup simple syrup, and rum. Fill the entire pitcher with ice. Top with soda. Garnish with additional lime, mint and watermelon slices.
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2 oz. Bianco Vermouth
2 oz. Fresh Watermelon Juice (purée fresh watermelon and strain the juice)

Combine ingredients in an ice-filled glass, stir and garnish with a lime wedge.

Cucumber Watermelon Cocktail:

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1″ cube watermelon
4 slices cucumber
1 oz orange juice
1 oz lime juice
1.5 oz high quality vodka
1 tsp simple syrup (optional)

Muddle the watermelon and cucumber in the cocktail shaker. Add orange juice, lime juice, vodka, and simple syrup.  Shake vigorously and pour into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cucumber and serve immediately.

Drink & eat responsibly!