Watermelon Cosmo Cocktail

Easy Bols Watermelon Cosmo Cocktail - Vodka Martini Recipe

Lucas Bols

  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
114 Calories
0g Fat
18g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 114
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 1g
Calcium 28mg 2%
*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.)

Give the popular cosmopolitan a fun summer twist with this easy watermelon cosmo recipe. It features a wonderful watermelon liqueur that captures the sweet taste of the fruit in a convenient bottle and makes mixing this vodka martini a breeze.

The Dutch company, Lucas Bols, makes some great flavored liqueurs that have the quality, flavor, and color that make mixing with the sweeter spirits so much fun. Bols Watermelon is a beautiful red liqueur with a true taste of watermelon—none of that artificial candied fruit taste.

The liqueur is the focus of this cocktail recipe, which pushes the vodka to the background. The watermelon's also a wonderful pairing for the cosmo's signature cranberry, and it all comes together to give you a delightful, low-proof drink for the hottest days of the year.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the watermelon liqueur, vodka, cranberry juice, and simple syrup. Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

  3. Shake well.

  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  5. Serve and enjoy!


For the lime juice, cut a wedge from the fruit and simply squeeze it into the shaker. Wiping it around the rim of your glass adds a refreshing tartness that's really nice as well.

Recipe Variations

  • The watermelon liqueur is a sweet one, so if you find that this recipe too sweet you can always cut back or eliminate the simple syrup.
  • Another way to reduce the sweetness is to switch from red to white cranberry juice. The lighter juice (it's actually similar in color to apple juice) offers a more refreshing taste while maintaining the cranberry flavor.
  • Try this cocktail with a flavored vodka. Any citrus or berry vodka would be a nice complement to the other fruits.
  • You can also try cucumber vodka, as that flavor is an excellent match for watermelon. Effen, Prairie Organic, and Smirnoff are a few brands that offer nice cucumber vodkas.
  • Building off that flavor duo, ramp up the taste of this cosmo in a similar manner to the watermelon cucumber recipe. To do this, muddle a fresh piece of watermelon and a couple of cucumber slices in the cocktail shaker before adding the ingredients. You'll want to fine strain the drink—pour through your regular cocktail strainer as well as a fine mesh strainer—to keep pieces of the fruits out of the glass.

How Strong Is a Watermelon Cosmo?

Almost half the strength of the original cosmo, using the 34 proof liqueur as the main ingredient definitely knocks down the alcohol content. This recipe mixes up to a mild 14 percent ABV (28 proof). That's similar to wine, only a lot fruitier.