Boozy Watermelon Mint Lemonade

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret: even if you’re the manliest of manly, rugged, bearded, I-only-drink-straight-whiskey kind of man, you will smile like a giddy schoolgirl when you take a sip of this hot pink drink.  That’s right, I said it.  Feel no shame as the brightly colored sweet drops cling to your mustache; simply inform everyone that a hard-working man like yourself needs a nice refreshing drink in the brutal heat of summer as you’re out doing manly man things.  Or whatever.
Boozy Watermelon Mint Lemonade (So refreshing! Perfect for summer and easy to make!)
And if you’re not a whiskey-drinking, crime-fighting, axe-wielding dude, then I probably had you sold on this drink the second you read the title of the post.  Boozy.  Watermelon.  Mint.  Lemonade.  This is the Ryan Gosling of drinks, ladies.  It’s a game-changer.  It’s what love stories are made of.

Watermelon and cucumber for Boozy Watermelon Mint Lemonade.  The cucumber is the secret ingredient that doesn't change the flavor much but makes this drink even more refreshing!
See that picture above?  Yes, that’s cucumber in the corner you’re seeing.  But don’t be scared off!  I don’t even like cucumber, but in this drink it is phenomenal.  You have to trust me on this one.
Cucumber is one of the most refreshing things you can munch on, and it makes the entire lemonade seven billion times more thirst-quenching in the sticky heat of summer.  If you still aren’t sold, I’ll apprehensively say that you can omit the cucumber and the drink will be almost —but not quite— as awesome.  At least there’s still the rum.  Don’t like rum?  Well then we just can’t be friends.  (Or you can substitute vodka, or tequila, or you can just replace the liquor with water if you’d like a booze-less version).
Reaming lemons for Boozy Watermelon Mint Lemonade
But look, guys, it’s Friday, and when it comes down to it, you and I both know you could use a drink.  I could use several.  With a beautiful weekend coming up, there’s no better excuse to throw together some fresh fruit and enjoy some spiked lemonade outside in the sunshine.  You can even make these ahead of time and pour into mason jars, screw on the lids, and serve them on ice at your next barbecue or get-together for grab-and-go cocktails.  Simply shake them up and they’re ready to drink!
Boozy Watermelon Mint Lemonade (So refreshing! Perfect for summer and easy to make!)

Boozy Watermelon Mint Lemonade
Easy to make and with only 6 ingredients, this refreshing cocktail will become a summertime favorite!
Recipe type: Cocktail
  • 2½ pounds watermelon flesh, seeds removed, cut into chunks
  • ¼ cucumber, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice, plus an additional lemon, sliced, for garnish
  • ¼ cup packed mint leaves, plus more mint, for garnish
  • 2½ cups white rum, vodka, or water
  • ¼ cup agave syrup or simple syrup
  1. Put the chunked watermelon, cucumber, and mint in a blender, add the lemon juice, and puree until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Strain the mixture into a pitcher to remove the pulp and leaves.
  3. Mix in the alcohol or water and slowly mix in the syrup until everything is well-combined.
  4. Add the lemon slices and ice. Garnish each glass with a sprig of mint. Serve.


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  1. Lindsay says

    How many servings does this make? And can you guesstimate how many cups of watermelon to use? Sounds delicious! Thank you :)

    • says

      I believe it should be somewhere around 5 cups, but the “National Watermelon Promotion Board” (thank you google) says there are approximately 3.2 cups per pound, so that would be 8 cups. I’d say start off with 5 cups and add more if necessary.

      • Lindsay says

        Thank you! I made it last night for a party– it was a huge hit! Thank you so much:). And I cut up my whole watermelon, which was about 8 cups, maybe a little more. I had the small size jars (set of 12 from target), and I filled them with some leftover. Fabulous! Thank you!

        • says

          I’m happy to hear that you (and the party guests, of course) liked it so much!

          I guess the National Watermelon Promotional Board was right about that one– I don’t know why I thought I remembered there being so much less.

  2. Caroline says

    Hi Morgan,

    This drink looks delicious! I am planning on making it for a BBQ this weekend with a lot of people. How many drinks do you think this recipe makes? I’m wondering if I should double it.


    • says

      Caroline, I can’t remember exactly, but Lindsay, a commenter above, mentioned that she had enough to fill 12 small jars with some leftover. The recipe yields a lot of the drink (the huge jar and the two mason jars in my photos are all from the same batch, and there was a bit more leftover that I drank immediately… for taste-testing reasons of course) but if you’re having a very large party you might want to double the recipe or make one and a half batches.

  3. Karen says

    When you say agave syrup, where can I buy this? or simple syrup, what would that be? I would love to try this recipe!


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