Watermelon Martini 

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Two Watermelon Martinis garnished with a lemon wedge and slice of watermelon each, against a blue backdrop

Take a sip of summer with the Watermelon Martini! Full of fruity flavour and deliciously refreshing, it’s the perfect thirst quencher to savour while sunbathing or to please the crowd at a garden party.  

Follow this easy Watermelon Martini recipe to prepare the ultimate summer drink for your parties. You can also make it in a big batch and serve it with a decadent tropical fruit platter. 



You can make your simple syrup at home by adding water and sugar to a small pan and heating them over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Let it cool and store it in a suitable container for up to 3 months. 


Mealy or overripe watermelon is perfect for turning into watermelon juice, which you can use in smoothies and ice lollies. 


If fresh watermelon is out of season, you can replace it with watermelon purée. 



2 Persons

120 Ml

4 Oz

4 Parts

30 Ml

1 Oz

1 Parts

freshly squeezed lime juice
cups watermelon chunks, for the juice
Simple syrup
tbsp sugar, for rimming
bsp salt, for rimming



Prepare the rim for the glasses: mix sugar and salt together, then wet your glasses with a piece of watermelon and dip them in the salt and sugar mixture 


Make the watermelon juice: put the watermelon chunks in a blender and blend till liquified 


Add the watermelon juice, vodka, lime juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well  


Strain content into the chilled martini glasses 


Garnish with watermelon wedges and serve 


History of the Watermelon Martini 

The history behind this vodka Watermelon Martini is uncertain, however, legend has it that the cocktail emerged in London in the 1990s and might have been created at the Met Bar. Watermelon itself has been a fruity addition to cocktails for many years, thanks to its high water content and sweetness.  


The fresh Watermelon Martini is one of the many so-called Martinis, deriving their name from the martini glass they’re served in, like the Pornstar Martini, Key Lime Pie Martini, Lychee Martini and more. This cocktail also works wonderfully as a mocktail, removing the vodka or using 0% spirit. If you’re looking for more watermelon inspo, try one of these variations that you can adapt to your own taste: 

Watermelon Martini Gin 

If you’re not a fan of vodka, you can create a botanical-forward and more complex version of the Watermelon Martini cocktail using gin instead.   

Watermelon Mojito 

The classic Cuban cocktail becomes even more summery if you add watermelon to the mix. Follow the traditional Mojito recipe with rum, lime juice, simple syrup and soda water and add watermelon while you’re muddling your mint for best results.  

Watermelon Mule 

If you love the good old Moscow Mule, you need to try this refreshing and light version with watermelon. Simply blend 2 cups of watermelon chunks and pour the strained juice on top of your vodka, lime juice and ginger beer, in a copper cup of course.   

Watermelon Margarita 

With just 3 ingredients you can make the ultimate Watermelon Margarita. Mix watermelon juice, tequila and lime juice and serve this sweet and tart summer drink! 

When to Serve 

Like most fruity cocktails, the Watermelon Martini is the perfect refreshment at a sun-kissed pool or garden party. In this case, we recommend preparing it in a big batch and serving it in pitchers to keep your guests fresh! Fruit drinks are also a nice pick-me-up on grey winter days, to light up the excitement for the upcoming summer. 


You can make a delicious Vodka Watermelon cocktail by mixing watermelon-infused vodka with mint, triple sec, watermelon juice and lemon-flavoured sparkling water.

Many love the unique taste of watermelon and it will surprise you how many food and drink combinations it lends itself for! You can drizzle it with honey to enhance sweetness or have a salty combo in a Watermelon Margarita. If you’re a fan of citrus, you can also mix watermelon juice and lemon for a delicious watermelon lemonade.

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