Watermelon Beer

Homemade Watermelon Beer

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 drink
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
150 Calories
0g Fat
25g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 150
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 9mg 46%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 177mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Make quick use of leftover watermelon and mix up a super fresh, very delicious watermelon beer. It's a variation on the popular shandy and, with just three ingredients, it mixes up in minutes.

The watermelon beer recipe pairs freshly muddled chunks of the summertime fruit with vanilla syrup. It's a perfect combination that's just waiting for your favorite wheat beer (one of the best styles for any shandy). The taste is crisp, fruity, and slightly sweet, creating one of the most refreshing beer drinks you'll enjoy all summer.


  • 3/4 cup cubed watermelon

  • 1/2 ounce vanilla syrup

  • 6 ounces wheat beer

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Homemade Watermelon Beer
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  2. In a mixing glass, muddle the watermelon to extract its juice.

    Muddling Watermelon Juice
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  3. Strain out the fruit pieces and any seeds, leaving only the juice.

    Straining Fresh Watermelon Juice
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  4. Pour the vanilla syrup into a frosty pint glass, then fill halfway with watermelon juice.

    Watermelon Juice for Fresh Watermelon Beer
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  5. Top with the beer. Serve and enjoy.

    Making Watermelon Beer
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  • When straining the watermelon, you can get a little extra juice by pressing the fruit into the strainer. Be sure to use a fine-mesh strainer to capture all the seeds and small pieces of fruit.
  • If you have a juicer, use that for the watermelon to maximize the juice yield. Store any excess in a tightly sealed bottle in the refrigerator and use it within a couple of days.
  • You can find vanilla syrup at most grocery stores because it's a popular flavor for sweetening coffee.
  • Vanilla syrup is also very easy to make at home. All you need is 2 cups of sugar, 1 cup of water, and a vanilla bean. Stir the sugar into boiling water, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Pour the syrup over a split vanilla bean in a heatproof jar. Let it steep for about 8 hours before removing the bean and bottling the syrup. It's even easier (and cheaper) with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract added to the hot syrup.
  • Watermelon beer can be made in any tall glass, no matter the volume. The point is to fill the glass half-way with the juice and syrup mix then fill it the rest of the way with beer.
  • You can certainly add ice if you like. It's not necessary if you use a chilled glass and ice-cold beer, though.

Recipe Variation

  • Make a pitcher of watermelon beer for a cookout or pool party. Increase the ingredients to fill your pitcher or for the number of servings needed. If you want to make it ahead of time, combine the watermelon juice and syrup. Hold the beer until it's time to serve.
  • Use plain simple syrup or agave nectar if you prefer. Basil or mint simple syrups would also be nice complements to the watermelon.
  • Add other melons to the muddle or try this beer recipe with honeydew or cantaloupe alone.
  • Give the watermelon beer a nice kick by adding a shot (1 1/2 ounces) of rum or tequila.

How Strong Is a Watermelon Beer?

Watermelon beer is a relaxing, low-proof drink. Basically, it will be half the strength of your beer. For example, pouring a wheat beer that has 5.5 percent ABV will result in a watermelon beer that's just 2.75 percent ABV. Add a shot of rum to that and its alcohol content will be slightly less than the beer (5 percent ABV).