Make Your Own Refreshing Watermelon Martinis

Watermelon Martini
Ivan Grubacki / EyeEm
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 2 servings

Few things remind us more of summer than the sweet, juicy taste of fresh watermelon. Here is a refreshing watermelon cocktail for grownups that is very quick and simple to prepare when unexpected guests arrive. Fresh watermelon juice is combined with vodka, simple syrup, and lime juice. Shake with ice, strain into glasses, and you're done!


  • For Simple Syrup:
  • 1 cup sugar (granulated)
  • 1 cup of water
  • For Watermelon Juice:
  • 2 cups watermelon (flesh cut into chunks)
  • For Martini:
  • 1/2 cup /4 oz. premium vodka
  • 1 lime (juice)
  • 3 cubes of ice
  • Optional: 3 tablespoons salt or sugar to rim the glass
  • Optional: watermelon slices for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Start by making your simple syrup and watermelon juice. Both can come in handy for other recipes, so you may want to make and store a bit more than is required for this recipe.

  3. Add 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of water into a small pan. Heat slowly over medium heat stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and cool. Transfer to another container or bottle and cover. Can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 months.

  4. Cut two cups of watermelon flesh off the rind. Place in blender and blend until ​liquefied.

  5. Mix together the sugar and salt if using. Wet the rim of a chilled martini glass with a piece of watermelon. Dip the rim into the sugar and salt mixture. Repeat for other glass

  6. Place the watermelon juice, vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker. Top with ice. Shake well.

  7. Pour contents through the strainer into chilled martini glasses.

  8. Garnish with a wedge of watermelon if desired.

Recipe Variation

  • When watermelon is out of season, you can substitute frozen watermelon puree available at many grocers (or think ahead and freeze some yourself in summer).