I’m always on the hunt for refreshing summer drink recipes, especially when I can use the best in-season fruit! This watermelon cooler is so easy and delicious and it’s not overly sweet like so many other fruity cocktails.
I developed this frozen watermelon cooler because my husband loves watermelon, but we can never eat a whole one before it starts to go south. To combat this problem I started to freeze half the cubed watermelon for use in drinks later on.
When I want a summery cocktail, I simply blend up frozen watermelon cubes with some fresh citrus juice, mint leaves, coconut water and my favorite vodka from Vikre Distillery. I finish it off with a tiny bit of sugar for the perfect sweetness and a few teaspoons of coconut milk. Voila! Summer in a glass.
If you want to make this watermelon cooler ahead of time (or if you have leftovers) it freezes well in a mason jar or two. Just be sure to leave a little extra room at the top of the jar so when it freezes and the liquid expands, your jar doesn’t crack. When you want to drink it, just put it in the fridge to thaw for a few hours, or on the counter for even less time. Then just shake it up once it’s a slushy consistency and you’re ready to enjoy your watermelon cooler! Garnish with fresh mint leaves to make the drink extra pretty.
How to Make a Watermelon Cooler
- 2 cups frozen watermelon cubes
- 2 tbsp. fresh lemon or lime juice
- A small handful of fresh mint leaves
- ½ tsp. granulated sugar
- 3 shots of your favorite vodka*
- ½ cup coconut water**
- 2 tsp. full fat coconut milk or cream, if desired
- Combine everything in a blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with additional mint leaves, if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy!
- You can make this recipe ahead, freeze it in mason jars and then thaw it in the fridge or on the counter until it reaches slushy consistency. Just stir or shake it up and enjoy!
**I use the Trader Joe's brand of coconut water + aloe
If you have it on hand, you could use 2 tablespoons of prepared lemonade and omit the lemon + sugar.
If rum or gin are more your thing, check out these other two watermelon cocktails!