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.
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.
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.
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.