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Watermelon Martinis

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These fresh watermelon martinis are the ultimate refreshing summer cocktail to sip poolside or at your net backyard BBQ! They are made with watermelon juice, vodka, and orange liqueur, so they are light, icy cold, and always a crowd pleaser.

Check out the Holiday Martinis page for even more festive, easy to whip up martini recipes for any holiday gathering throughout the year!

Two martini glasses filled with a slushy watermelon cocktail with two watermelon balls on a  stick for garnish.

If you follow me on instagram, and you should. 😉 you may have noticed a couple of Juicy Watermelon Martinis pop up from girl’s night out at Granite City. This is not an exact copycat, because I have already forgotten what the last one tasted like, but they’re incredibly delicious none the less!!

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🍉 How to make Watermelon Martinis

First we need to make some watermelon juice….it’s really simple, trust me. Cut up some watermelon into chunks and place them in a blender. You need about 2.5 cups of chunks.

Frozen watermelon chunks in a blender behind an empty margarita glass.

now Puree/Liquefy the watermelon until smooth.

Pureed watermelon in a blender.

I used a seedless watermelon, but there were still seeds. So I poured my “juice” through a strainer to remove them.

Watermelon pulp in a strainer over a large glass measuring cup.

This also removed all of the pulp, so it’s up to you to strain or not to strain….that is the question.

Pour the watermelon juice into a cocktail shaker along with the vodka and orange liqueur.

Watermelon drink in a cocktail shaker with an empty martin glass in the background with two watermelon balls on a toothpick.

Shake to combine and pour into two martini glasses.

Two martini glasses filled with a slushy watermelon cocktail with a watermelon ball floating on top.

Garnish with watermelon balls on toothpicks or watermelon wedges if desired.

Now kick back and watch the fireflies. Do you have fireflies where you live? We didn’t have them in California, at least I never saw any. Maybe they don’t like smog?

📌 Recipe notes & tips:

These Watermelon Martinis are best served chilled, so you need to:

  • Chill your watermelon before cutting
  • Chill your watermelon juice before making your drinks
  • Shake your drink with ice cubes

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Watermelon Martini garnished with two watermelon balls on a toothpick.

Watermelon Martinis

These fresh watermelon martinis are the ultimate refreshing summer cocktail to sip poolside or at your net backyard BBQ!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: watermelon, vodka, martini, cocktail, recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 160kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 1 cup watermelon juice
  • .25 cup vodka I used Absolute
  • .25 cup orange liqueur Cointreau or triple sec
  • watermelon to garnish optional

Instructions

  • Chop fresh watermelon into chunks, about 2.5 cups, and place in blender.
  • Puree/Liquefy watermelon, then pour through a strainer to remove seeds if desired.
  • Place 1 cup of watermelon juice, orange liqueur, and vodka in a cocktail shaker. Shake to combine.
  • Pour into 2 martini glasses and garnish with watermelon balls or wedges.

Notes

These Watermelon Martinis are best served chilled, so you need to:
  • Chill your watermelon before cutting
  • Chill your watermelon juice before making your drinks
  • Shake your drink with ice cubes

Nutrition

Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Sodium: 2mg | Sugar: 9g

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5 Comments

  1. It’s been a rough week. You had me at vodka. And watermelon. Can’t wait to try this out and would love to share this concoction at my Weekend Features post today with a link back to you. Hope that’s ok.

  2. What a great cocktail!! Especially in the summer!! If I used tequila instead would it be more like a margarita?? I bet it would….I would love if you stopped by my place on Thursday and shared on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday !!

  3. Oh man, these look amazing! Watermelon is so refreshing and I’m a little obsessed with it lately. Can’t wait to try these (and the margaritas too!).

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