Watermelon Cocktail Recipe

Glass of watermelon cocktail, decorated with a piece of fruit and lemon, in a sunny patio outdoors



First of all, I´m not a mixologist or cocktail expert but sometimes I like to play with drinks too. So this watermelon cocktail recipe maybe is not a proper cocktail recipe as it´s not innovative or different; it´s just a mix of things I like and that I thought would be nice together. And it worked!

Also, the idea to put them together came from 2 different directions:

  • One: I had to use the large watermelon I bought. Right? Watermelons are always big even if we buy only a piece/slice. So I was eating the watermelon as a dessert and snack between meals, I made a salad with watermelon… and then I thought to make a smoothie, juice it… and a cocktail. After all, the weather was glorious and was asking for a summer drink in the sun. And the watermelon was sweet and delicious.
  • Second: when it´s hot I like a drink we tried years ago at Hotel du Vin in Cambridge, made with Luxardo and tonic, kind of G&T but sweeter. They used it as a palate cleanser between cocktails/drinks but we fall in love with the combination and did it at home in summer instead of the classic G&T. With this cocktail in mind, I thought the watermelon could work very well with the Luxardo sweetness. Then I add a bit of pisco to balance with some citrus notes.

So, I played a bit with quantities and liquors. Actually, I added a bit of cognac in the first version. Although I like cognac cocktails, in this case, the end was too strong and alcoholic from my point of view, and the watermelon flavour vanished. So, I kept it simpler and the result was this recipe that I think it´s very refreshing, slightly sweet but not heavy in alcohol, and fruity.

If you don´t like watermelon, you can substitute it for another fruit juice.

I hope you enjoy this watermelon cocktail recipe!

Glass of watermelon cocktail, decorated with a piece of fruit and lemon, in a sunny patio outdoors

Watermelon Cocktail Recipe

A light, fruity and refreshing sip for this summer
Prep Time 10 mins
5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 2
Calories 200 kcal


  • Food processor
  • Chopping board
  • Knife
  • Cocktail glass
  • Jigger or shot glass
  • Spoon to mix


  • 400 ml watermelon juice
  • 50 ml Luxardo liquor
  • 25 ml pisco
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • cherry bitter
  • ground black pepper


  • Cut 2 large slices of watermelon, remove the skin and any white rind. Also, take off any seeds and chop the flesh.
  • Blend the pulp in a juice or hand blender. The fruit is very juicy so you don't need to add water or any other liquid. Add a few drops of lemon juice and a pinch of ground black pepper and stir.
  • Transfer the juice to a large, tall glass. Add the luxardo liquor and the pisco to the juice and stir.
  • In a cocktail glass, put some ice and pour the mixture cocktail and a few drops of cherry bitter. Decorate with a piece of wstermelon200 and lemon. If you have some mint, it will give a nice fragrant touch.
Keyword fruit, summer cocktails, summer drinks



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