This refreshing Watermelon Cucumber Cocktail is bound to be your summer party favorite. Prepare ingredients ahead of time for easy entertaining.
Have you ever had a party with a signature cocktail? I haven't until a few weeks ago when we hosted some friends over Memorial Day weekend.
We had family visiting and my stepmom and myself decided to make a special drink to serve using the overflowing watermelon supply we had in the fridge! We came up with this delicious, refreshing Watermelon Cucumber Mint Cocktail and it's definitely a winner!
If you like the combination of watermelon and cucumber, be sure to try this Cucumber Sunrise cocktail recipe too!
This cocktail is a little more labor-intensive than my usual recipes but it's worth the extra work!
You will need a little advance time to prepare the watermelon and cucumber puree but it can be done ahead of time and made in large batches so it won't get in the way of entertaining!
To prepare the watermelon puree: Cut half of a medium watermelon into 1" chunks. Pulse in a food processor until smooth and strain through a fine sieve or cheesecloth.
To prepare the cucumber puree: peel and slice an English cucumber and pulse in a food processor until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve or cheesecloth. These purees can be made up to a day ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator until you're ready to prepare your cocktail.
Assembling the cocktail
To pull it all together combine 2 ounces of the watermelon puree with 1 ounce each of the cucumber puree and vodka.
Top with 2 ounces of seltzer, stir and serve. I like to garnish this cocktail with a slice of watermelon and sprig of mint.
Choose a good, quality vodka for this cocktail. I like Sky, Grey Goose, or Absolut. You could also choose a cucumber infused vodka to enhance the cool cucumber flavor even more.
Make the purées up to a day in advance and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.
I serve this drink in a stemless wine glass but you could also use a highball glass or whatever you have on hand.
Now, who's ready for a drink?
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This refreshing Watermelon Cucumber Mint Cocktail is bound to be your summer party favorite. Prepare ingredients ahead of time for easy entertaining.
- 2 oz watermelon puree, strained
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 oz cucumber puree
- 2 oz soda water
- watermelon slices and mint for garnish
Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled glass and stir. Garnish with watermelon slice and mint if desired.
- To prepare the watermelon puree: Cut half a medium watermelon into 1" chunks. Combine watermelon with about 12 fresh mint leaves in a food processor. Pulse until smooth and strain through a fine sieve or cheesecloth.
- To prepare the cucumber puree: peel and slice an English cucumber and pulse in a food processor until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve or cheesecloth.
- This cocktail can be made in large batches as long as you follow the ratio: 1 part vodka, 1 part cucumber puree, 2 parts watermelon puree and 2 parts soda water.
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