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Top 10 Watermelon Day Cocktails For 2021 | Cheers

Another cocktail day? No, it’s actually National Watermelon Day on Aug. 3. Which means it’s a good day—and month—to offer some special watermelon cocktails as the summer draws to a close. Here are the top 10 watermelon drink recipes that we came across this year—in no particular order. (If you need more, here’s the watermelon roundup from 2020— and a bonus cocktail made with rye.

Noah’s Ark

Keyword arak, mastiha, watermelon
  • 1 ¾ oz. Zachlawi Dry Arak
  • ¼ oz. Omhpiko Mastiha liquor
  • 2 oz. Fresh homemade watermelon juice
  • ½ oz. Lime
  • Cucumber strip
  • Watermelon cube
  • Mint
  • Zaatar salt rim
  • Mix equal amounts of zaatar and salt in a shallow bowl.

  • Rub a watermelon cube around half the rim of a tall glass.

  • Dip one side of the watermelon cube in the zaatar mix; leave watermelon cube to the side.

  • Combine arak, mastiha liquor, watermelon juice, lime juice and a cup of ice in a shaker.

  • Shake vigorously.

  • Strain over fresh ice into glass.

  • Garnish with a cucumber strip, fresh mint and the watermelon cube.

The mixologists at ZiZi in New York created this recipe.

Ginger Spiced Watermelon Mojito

Keyword ginger beer, rum, watermelon
  • 1 ½ oz. White rum
  • 3 oz. Fresh-pressed watermelon juice
  • Splash of simple syrup
  • Ginger beer
  • Muddle the lime and mint together.

  • Add in the white rum and a splash of simple syrup.

  • Strain over a glass of fresh ice.

  • Top with a splash of ginger beer.

  • Garnish with a watermelon slice, fresh mint sprig and a lime wedge.

The mixologists at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa created this recipe.

Kentucky Devil

Keyword Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, lemon, watermelon, Wild Turkey Bourbon
  • 6 parts Wild Turkey Bourbon
  • 1 part Simple syrup
  • 3 parts Ancho Reyes chile liqueur
  • 2 parts Fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 parts Fresh-squeezed watermelon juice

The mixologists at Wild Turkey created this recipe.

Watermelon Piquín

Keyword St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Tequila Cazadores Blanco, watermelon
  • 1 ½ parts Tequila Cazadores Blanco
  • 3 parts Watermelon juice
  • 1 part Fresh lime juice
  • ½ part St. Germain liqueur
  • Chile Piquín rim
  • Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake.

  • Pour into glass with piquín rim.

  • Garnish with watermelon slice.

The mixologists at Tequila Cazadores created this recipe.

Summer Watermelon Cooler

Keyword Bacardí Superior rum, grapefruit, watermelon
  • 1 ½ oz. Bacardí Superior rum
  • ¾ oz. Watermelon juice
  • 2 oz. Grapefruit soda
  • Blueberries and lime wheel as a garnish
  • Fill a tall glass with ice.

  • Add all ingredients.

  • Give a quick stir to combine.

  • Garnish with blueberries on a cocktail pick and a lime wheel or wedge.

The mixologists at Bacardí created this recipe.

Basil Watermelon Cooler

Keyword ginger, Grey Goose vodka, watermelon
  • 1 ½ oz. Grey Goose vodka
  • 4 Basil leaves
  • 1 Ginger slice peeled
  • 2 chunks of Watermelon
  • ½ oz. Fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz. Simple syrup
  • Ginger ale
  • In a cocktail shaker, muddle three basil leaves with a ginger slice, one watermelon chunk and simple syrup.

  • Add ice, vodka and lime juice.

  • Shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.

  • Top with ginger ale.

  • Garnish with the remaining watermelon chunk and basil leaves.

The mixologists at Grey Goose created this recipe.

French Twist with Watermelon

Keyword Aperol, Courvoisier V.S.O.P. Cognac, hibiscus syrup, watermelon
  • 1 ¾ parts Courvoisier V.S.O.P. Cognac
  • ½ parts Aperol
  • ½ parts Monin hibiscus syrup
  • ¼ parts Fresh lime juice
  • ¾ parts Watermelon juice
  • 4 Fresh basil leaves
  • Lightly muddle basil in a mixing tin.

  • Build the rest of the cocktail and add ice.

  • Lightly shake and strain over fresh ice in a double Old Fashioned glass.

  • Garnish with a fresh basil leaf.

The mixologists at Courvoisier created this recipe.

Monkey Business

Keyword gin, Gin XIII, lime, watermelon
  • 2 oz. Gin XIII
  • ½ oz. Simple syrup
  • ½ oz. Lime juice
  • 2 oz. Watermelon juice
  • Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice.

  • Shake and strain into a rocks glass.

  • Garnish with a watermelon cube.

The mixologists at Gin XIII created this recipe.

Campfire Cookout Cooler

Keyword Angostura bitters, ginger, watermelon, Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
  • 1 ½ oz. Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
  • 1 ¼ oz. Fresh-pressed watermelon
  • ½ oz. Fresh ginger syrup
  • ½ oz. Fresh lime juice
  • 3 dashes Rhubarb bitters
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake.

  • Pour all ingredients into glass over fresh rocks.

  • Top with soda water.

  • Garnish with a dehydrated lime wheel and blue cornflowers.

Josh Cameron of Boulton & Watt created this recipe.

Pastel Piña Colada

Keyword coconut, Koloa Kauai white rum, pineapple, rum, watermelon
  • 2 oz. Koloa Kauai white rum
  • 3 oz. Pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. Cream of coconut
  • 1 cup Fresh watermelon cubed
  • 1 cup Ice

The mixologists at Koloa created this recipe.

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