Watermelon Cooler

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Geralyn and her husband were inspired to make this delicious concoction after they tried it at a favorite bistro in SoHo called L’Orange Bleue. Enjoyed straight up by the kids and spiked with vodka for the adults, it’s been a resounding hit when we entertain. The drink is equally good when paired with rum or tequila (our hands-down favorite). You can make this by the glass or by the pitcher.




Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Kid FriendlyYes

Recipe Coursebeverage

Type of Dishalcoholic beverage, beverage, cocktails, juicer, non-alcoholic beverage


  • ½ medium seedless watermelon (5 pounds)
  • 2 cups lemonade, homemade or good-quality prepared
  • 12 ounces vodka, tequila, or rum (optional)


  1. Cut the watermelon flesh into chunks and, working in batches, puree in a blender until liquified, Strain through a fine sieve to remove the pulp; you should have about 4 cups of juice. Combine the watermelon juice and the lemonade in a 5-quart pitcher.

  2. To make individual cocktails. fill a shaker with ice. Add 1 cup of the watermelon-lemonade mixture and 2 ounces of alcohol. Shake vigorously. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice or a chilled martini glass.


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