Delicious Watermelon Cocktails for Fourth of July


by Christa Emmer | Contributing Writer

Fourth of July weekend is time for food, fun and friends. If you’re spending your holiday outside, you’ll definitely be in need of refreshment and watermelons are thirst-quenching and inexpensive.

Here are two watermelon cocktail recipes—one for adults and one for children—that are sure to please.

Just to make things easy, both recipes can be made with a simple muddler, a bartender’s tool that smashes and mixes ingredients. No blender or electricity required!

Watermelon Crush

  • 2 ounces Ménage à Trois Vodka, chilled
  • 3-4 pieces watermelon, rind removed
  • 1/2 ounce hibiscus syrup, see below
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce coconut water

Muddle watermelon and add hibiscus syrup, lime juice and coconut water. Pour into a cocktail shaker along with a 1/2 cup of ice. Shake well and strain into a highball filled with ice. If the consistency is too thick, add a little more coconut water. Garnish with a thin watermelon slice.

To make hibiscus syrup, take two hibiscus tea bags and submerge in 1/2 cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes and then combine the tea with 1/2 cup of sugar. Bring mixture to a simmer (not a boil) in a saucepan. Simmer until sugar is dissolved and remove from heat. Store in the refrigerator for up to one month.

Recipe from Pamela Wiznitzer, president of the New York chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild.


Lime Watermelon Cocktail

  • Watermelon, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce agave syrup
  • 4 ounces sparkling water
  • Lime wedge garnish

Put 4-5 watermelon cubes in a glass and muddle well. Put muddled watermelon in a cocktail shaker and add lime juice, agave syrup and ice and shake well. Strain into a rocks glass filled halfway with ice and add up to 4 ounces of sparkling water. Garnish with a lime wedge.