Summer Cocktail Feature: Watermelon Martini

Photo: Christi Shingara

With the hot and humid summer weather upon us, you might find yourself craving a refreshing drink to cool off and captivate your palate. A watermelon martini will do the trick!

Watermelon alone is the go-to fruit of the summer due to its sweet and invigorating flavor. Add the cooling taste of mint and your favorite vodka and you’re in for a real treat! It can be a great signature drink at that summer dinner party or the perfect drink beachside.


  • ½ cup chopped watermelon
  • 2 mint leaves
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • ½ ounce Cointreau
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
  • A small watermelon wedge for a garnish (a lemon or lime wedge will also work)


  • Chop the watermelon into chunks.
  • Add the melon and mint to a cocktail shaker and muddle them into a gently mash.
  • Add the vodka, Cointreau, lime juice and simple syrup.
  • Fill with ice and shake until cold.
  • Strain the drink into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a small watermelon wedge, if desired.

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