Recipe: Watermelon Cooler

Try An Ice Cold Watermelon Cooler To Cool Down This Summer!

Watermelon cocktail
An icy watermelon cooler on the beach.

When Ale and I went to Mexico last summer, we surprisingly found ourselves passing up cocktails and cervezas for the amazingly refreshing Agua de Sandia. Agua de Sandia literally translates to “water of watermelon” and is basically watermelon juice with ice cold water added to dilute it a little bit. I’ve decided to rename it a watermelon cooler here– it definitely cools you off! When made with a sweet, in-season watermelon, these watermelon coolers are delicious and refreshing. You can add vodka or rum instead of the additional water for a refreshingly strong watermelon cocktail too.

Luckily, here in Spain we have outstanding watermelons in-season right now, and for the past few weeks I have been making a daily watermelon cooler here at home. I feel like I’m on vacation in the Caribbean, or on a lovely cruise of the Gulf of Mexico with Cruise 1st! Try one and you’ll feel a million miles away (unless you happen to live in the Caribbean, then I don’t know what to tell you!).

Watermelon Cooler Recipe

(Serves 2)

  • 2-3 cups of watermelon chunks (take out the seeds!)
  • 4 ice cubes or 1/4 cup ice cold water
  • Optional: Mint leaves
Blend for 1 minute on high and taste for sweetness. If your watermelon wasn’t very sweet you may want to add a teaspoon of sugar or honey.

Watermelon Cocktail Recipe

  • 3 cups of watermelon chunks, deseeded
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 2-3 shots of vodka or rum (How strong do you like it…?)

Blend, blend, blend! And enjoy!

Are you more a watermelon cooler or watermelon cocktail type of person? Rum or vodka…?

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  1. says

    Greaat recipe for the summe!

    An interesting variation of this is to make the cocktail inside the watermelon. Just drill a hole in the skin and pop in a funnel. Add vodka or rum until the flesh is saturated. Chill in the fridge and then either cut in half and scoop out the contentss, or slice up.

  2. Lindsay Aloise says

    Bella and I are making this now haha. I bought a watermelon 2 days ago and couldn’t think of anything to do with it since it was too much to eat.

  3. Lindsay Aloise says

    I ended up drinking it all because Bella didn’t want any but it was sooo good. I’m going to make the other 1/4 of the watermelon later when Dennis gets home

  4. Kayla says

    Has anyone tried this with a flavored rum or vodka? I think it would be fun to try, but wasn’t sure what flavors would go best with the watermelon?

    • says

      Hi Kayla! Flavored rum/vodka definitely works well, especially something fruity. Mango, passion fruit, apple, and cherry are all combos I would recommend. But it really doesn’t even need it!

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