Tonight's Cocktail - Watermelon Cucumber Cooler

Larry Trask / Tuesday, June 10, 2014 @ 12:56 p.m. / Cocktail

Here's a delightful summery cocktail perfect for these warm mid-June evenings. The recipe is a little more involved than just mixing liquids, but I think you'll agree this drink is worth the effort. Call some friends over and have a little party!


  • 5 cups cubed seedless watermelon (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 large English cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from 2 limes)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2/3 cup vodka
  • Ice
  • Cucumber slices, for garnish


  1. STEP 1

    Set a large fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl or pitcher. In a food processor or blender, puree watermelon. Pour watermelon puree through sieve, pressing on solids with a rubber spatula (you should have about 2 cups juice). Puree English cucumber and pour through sieve into watermelon juice.

  2. STEP 2

    In a small bowl or measuring cup, stir together lime juice and honey. Add to watermelon and cucumber juices, along with vodka. Adjust sweetness with more honey if desired. To serve, fill four glasses with ice and top each with cocktail. Garnish with cucumber slices.