8 Watermelon Cocktails to Welcome Summer

Whether you're looking to heat things up or cool them down, you'll find a watermelon cooler in this list that suits your need. Sweet, spicy, fruity, creamy, herbaceous -- you name the flavor profile, and I've found a watermelon cocktail to fit it.

1. Watermelon Bloody Mary

Let's start with breakfast! I enjoy starting my day with fresh fruit, so a watermelon bloody mary sounds like a refreshingly fun way to toast a weekend brunch. Get the recipe at Lauren Kelp.

2. Watermelon Mint Coolers

These watermelon mint coolers are ideal for summer entertaining. I like the idea of serving one virgin pitcher and another with the white rum included, so everyone can enjoy. Get the recipe at Better Homes & Gardens.

3. Watermelon Sangria Pops

Another good option for a crowd! Make any poolside party extraordinary with watermelon sangria pops. Get the recipe at Vanilla and Bean.

4. Frozen Watermelon Margarita

Or, for a smaller pool party, I'd serve these frozen watermelon margaritas. The salt and cocktail parasol are optional but strongly recommended. Get the recipe at The Cookie Rookie.

5. Watermelon Basil Daiquiri

A daiquiri is my favorite summer drink, and it only makes sense to team it up with my favorite summer fruit. This watermelon basil daiquiri combines these two darlings with lime juice, basil, and rum. Get the recipe at Better Homes & Gardens.

6. Watermelon and Gin Cocktail

This refreshing cocktail is inspired by the summer farmers market, combining watermelon, cucumber, and basil. Gin and elderflower liqueur bring in extra herbal and floral notes for an extra summery feel. Get the recipe at Holly and Flora.

7. Pineapple Watermelon Cocktail

This vodka cocktail pulls in an element from my favorite watermelon salad: hot pepper. Pineapple, watermelon, and fresh jalapeno sound so good together, I might have to make a spicy salad inspired by it. Get the recipe at Perpetually Hungry.

8. Watermelon Basil Colada

If you're looking to cool things down, try a watermelon basil colada. The creamy cocktail gets a touch of sweetness from coconut butter, honey, and, of course, watermelon. Get the recipe at What's Cooking Good Looking.

More Cool Summer Sips

Give the classic margarita recipe both a fruity and winter twist. This strawberry margarita stays chilled to perfection with a snowball (yes, it's real snow)! This fruity marg is a fun, easy-to-make party drink recipe.


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