Bourbon Watermelon Cocktail

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Bourbon Watermelon Cocktails with mint garnish

If you are keen to taste all the most iconic flavors of summer in one sensational sip, you have to try this Bourbon Watermelon Cocktail! There are quite a few variations on this cocktail theme, and we’ve tried and tested them all. This one is by far the easiest and tastiest out there. After all, when skies are clear and the great outdoors is calling, there’s no need to linger at the drinks station too long 



Try fresh mango or strawberry juice for a different flavor take


Not feeling minty? Try basil instead…


Also works a treat with SKYY INFUSIONS® vodka in the mix



1 Person

1.5 Oz

45 Ml

1.5 Parts

3 Oz

90 Ml

3 Parts

fresh watermelon juice
3 Oz

90 Ml

3 Parts

club soda
1 teaspoon sugar per drink
3 - 4 mint leaves per drink



In a Collins glass, muddle the mint and sugar until fragrant


Add the bourbon, and stir gently


Add the watermelon juice, and stir to combine


Add ice, and top off with club soda


Serve and enjoy immediately

How to make fresh watermelon juice for a Bourbon Watermelon recipe 

Yeah, yeah, we know – there is something tricky in the mix. Fear not, newbie cocktail maker, making fresh watermelon juice is actually a lot simpler than you think. Plus, it tastes so good you’re going to be making it all summer long. Here’s how:  

  1. Choose a ripe, seedless watermelon 
  2. Cut it open and scoop out the flesh 
  3. Add the watermelon flesh to a food processor and pulse until smooth OR add it to a bowl and mash 
  4. Run the mashed watermelon through a mesh strainer to get rid of any pulp 
  5. Boom – watermelon juice! 

The best news is you can 100% make this watermelon juice in advance – it will keep in the fridge for up to five days. In short, you can prep it before a party or BBQ so you don’t have to stand around cutting up watermelons while your friends tuck into the canapés.  

You might also like: 11 Watermelon Cocktail Recipes to Impress a Crowd 

Pro tips to put your Mint Watermelon Cocktail over the top

If you feel adventurous and really want to push out the boat, there are a few things you could try to make this recipe your own.  

Going the popsicle route

Folks, this Watermelon Bourbon recipe makes the ultimate boozy popsicle. In the height of summer, when everything feels sweaty and sticky, you can make or break a party with the drinks you serve.  

This is when you can make everyone’s day by whipping out some Watermelon Bourbon Cocktail popsicles! You simply make a big batch of the drink, add it to popsicle shapes, and pop it in the fridge. It’s as easy as that. This also works a charm with our Watermelon Daiquiri recipe 

Experimenting with the spirit

Right, so technically when you use a different spirit to make this drink, it won’t actually be a Watermelon Bourbon cocktail anymore. But hey, that’s the magic of mixed drinks – you get to mix it up! We highly recommend trying a flavored vodka like SKYY INFUSIONS® Watermelon (how perfect?!), or SKYY INFUSIONS® Pineapple (tasty tropical vibes!).  

Read next: 9 Bourbon-Based Summer Cocktails to Beat the Heat 

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Yes, it most certainly does! Watermelon is a great match for bourbon, especially when combined in a tasty mixed drink like the Watermelon Bourbon cocktail, which combines Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, fresh watermelon juice, sugar, mint, and club soda over ice. So refreshing!

A smooth, smoky bourbon like Wild Turkey 101 pairs beautifully with fresh watermelon juice - it juxtaposes the sweetness to absolute perfection.