How to make the ultimate Watermelon Daiquiri
Traditionally, a Daiquiri is a mixture of a delicious rum muddled with a little simple syrup while fruity Daiquiris include a hero fruit that’s blended in to make a vibrantly colored sweet cocktail. This Watermelon Daiquiri is a little different as it also includes a measure of watermelon liqueur to boost the fruity deliciousness. If you can’t find watermelon liqueur, then a deliciously flavored gin would be a perfect addition too. Try O’Ndina Gin, a gorgeous small batch gin made with oranges and lemons from Southern Italian orchards and herby notes. The citrusy goodness makes this gin a great match for the Watermelon Daiquiri.
When it comes to choosing the rum, choose a subtly sweet rum such as Jamaican distilled Wray and Nephew white rum that’s full of character and flavor. For a Caribbean vibe, try Maison La Mauny Rum, where you can pick your level of booze from 40%, 50%, 55%, or 62% ABV.
How to make Watermelon juice
How often do you buy a hunk of watermelon and only get halfway through? Save the leftovers and make watermelon juice instead! Chop your remaining watermelon into cubes, ditching the seeds as you go, and blitz it in the blender. If you’re not making a Daiquiri like our recipe above, push the watermelon puree through a sieve to remove the thick pulp for tasty and smooth watermelon juice. Drink immediately as a refreshing breakfast juice or pour into ice cube trays and freeze to use in future Daiquiris.
To create a slushie cocktail, put the cubes of watermelon on a tray and freeze them ahead of time. Once frozen, store in freezer bags to keep them extra fresh. When the hot weather calls for cocktails, blitz the watermelon in the blender with the other cocktail ingredients following the method above, and there you have it! Insta-worthy frozen cocktails in a flash.
How to serve Watermelon Daiquiri
The Watermelon Daiquiri is the ideal crowd pleaser on long balmy afternoons in the sun as the hero or with other Easy Summer Cocktails. Serve this bright and beautiful cocktail in a cocktail or coupé glass if you have them, or cute tumblers would work just as well. Garnish with pretty-in-pink wedges of watermelon, a slice of lime, and a sprig of mint to up the wow factor. Pair this summer cocktail with all the best barbecue food, like scrumptious shrimps or chicken satay sticks. Nibbles like fish tacos and ceviche are also a perfect match.
For family get-togethers, you can make a non-alcoholic version by swapping the liqueur and rum for sparkling apple juice instead.