Watermelon Citrus Cooler

Watermelon Cocktail

Recipe: Watermelon Citrus Cooler (serves two)

  • 3 oz. watermelon juice
  • 2.5 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. Cointreau
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon slices for garnish

Shake juices, vodka, and Cointreau with ice. Strain into ice-filled rocks glasses. Garnish each glass with a lemon slice.


Watermelon juice is one thing I love about summer. After an evening workout at my gym, I usually check to see if the cafe there still has watermelon juice (it typically sells out), and this time they had some. We thought the leftovers would make a good watermelon cocktail.  We tried to balance the sweetness with some tart lemon juice, and this is what we came up with. It’s a light, refreshing summer drink. It would probably be even better if you made your own watermelon juice by putting cubed watermelon in a blender. (Update: we tried the recipe again, making our own watermelon juice with blended watermelon, and it was thicker and very yummy.)

The vodka.  We tend to like aged spirits better, but vodka is good in cocktails when you want to add an alcoholic kick without too much of another flavor. We use Tito’s Handmade Vodka, which is made in Austin, Texas.

The Cointreau. Cointreau is a brand of triple sec, a clear liqueur made from distilled brandy infused with sweet and bitter orange peels.  It was created by the Cointreau family in France in 1875.  Now it’s produced by the Rémy Cointreau conglomerate.

The lemon juice. We just got a citrus juicer, the Cuisinart CCJ-500.  It makes juicing so much easier than the hand juicer we were using, and gives much more juice per fruit.

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