Rosemary Watermelon Lemonade Vodka Cocktail

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Light and refreshing Rosemary Watermelon Lemonade Vodka Cocktail and Mocktail Recipe is an amazingly delicious and fresh drink that is perfect in a big batch for a bridal shower, summer BBQ, or outdoor dinner party! Non alcoholic version too.

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If you love cocktails with a delicious twist of citrus, hints of herbs, and fresh fruit – this Rosemary Watermelon Lemonade Vodka Cocktail and Mocktail Recipe is for you!

This easy cocktail is full of delicious, juicy watermelon flavor and notes of rosemary and lemon – it’s a delicious twist on a summery lemonade with a bit of vodka to get the party started.

This delicious drink is perfect for summer entertaining – and even more delicious when made in big batches – so its the perfect cocktail and mocktail for a bridal shower, a backyard bbq, or outdoor party!

It’s also great mixed in a big batch where you can encourage guests to add their own vodka or tonic/mixer in for a fun cocktail bar everyone will love!

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Non Alcoholic Light and refreshing Rosemary Watermelon Lemonade Mocktail Recipe

To make this bright and fun summer drink an alcohol free summer sipper, simply swap the vodka for one of the options below:

(If using tonic or one of the sodas, don’t add them to the shaker – you’ll end up with a huge mess! Simply pour them over the top of your drink over ice and give it a quick stir to prevent the carbonation from going insane.)

  • Lavender Dry Soda
    • Lavender Dry Soda is a crisp, herbal soda that has a delicious slightly mineral-y flavor similar to vodka – it pairs fabulously with fresh fruit, citrus, and isn’t too sweet.
  • Juniper Dry Soda
    • While I usually suggest Juniper Dry Soda for drinks that call for gin instead of vodka (the juniper soda is a perfect non alcoholic swap for gin in drinks), it is delicious in this Rosemary Watermelon Lemonade – the juniper’s herbal, pine-like flavor is a lovely balance to sweet summery watermelon.
  • Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water
    • I love Fever-Tree’s tonics – and the Premium Indian Tonic water is a bright, mineral-y substitute that has a similar flavor to artisanal vodkas. Swapping tonic for vodka is always one of my favorite picks since the flavor is incredibly similar!
  • 1 oz lime juice + 1 oz apple cider
    • While not an exact swap for vodka, lime juice + apple cider can be a delicious, fresh, crisp, and slightly sweet substitution for vodka in mocktails!
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How To Make a Watermelon Lemonade Cocktail Mixing Bar

This delicious drink is perfect for parties – because it can be made in a big batch, and only tastes better as the ingredients sit a little bit and really come together.

I’m listing some of my favorite ways to make this drink fun and festive for a party to get your guests involved and in on the fun!

  • Serve it in a Watermelon
    • Cut a hole in the watermelon (if you’re brave, use a hand mixer attachment inside a power drill to lightly mash and blend the watermelon – pour the liquid out and strain out any seeds and extra strings, then pour back into the watermelon to serve – use this watermelon tap for a fabulously fun display!)
  • Serve it in Pitchers and Encourage Guests to Mix in their Own Fruit and Liqueurs 
    • This watermelon lemonade is perfectly pretty served in tall pitchers with fresh fruit and flavor mix-ins displayed for guests to add to their own drinks. I love this adorable pitcher and cup set from Sugar and Cloth – it is disposable, but adorable – plastic and less fragile, so it is perfect for parties!
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Fresh Fruit Ideas for a Perfect Vodka Lemonade Cocktail Recipe

Not everyone loves watermelon – and watermelon isn’t always perfectly sweet and in season! These swaps for other fresh fruits will bring a delicious, sweet, and fresh flavor to your vodka lemonade:

  • Berry Vodka Lemonade
    • Swap 1/4 cup mashed watermelon for 1/4 cup mashed berries – strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries are delicious in this cocktail and mocktail recipe!
  • Pineapple Vodka Lemonade
    • Swap 1/4 cup blended or mashed pineapple for a tropical twist to this delicious drink!
  • Peach Vodka Lemonade
    • Try 1/4 cup mashed sweet ripe peaches for a delicious twist that cuts the acidity in lemonade!
  • Cherry Vodka Lemonade
    • Use 1/4 cup pureed fresh cherries for a tart and sweet kick in place of watermelon!

Vodka Lemonade Cocktail Liqueur Mix In Ideas

This vodka lemonade pairs perfectly with fresh watermelon and is super simple – no fancy liqueurs to purchase – but I am adding in a couple of my favorite additional liqueurs or mix-ins that make this drink even more delicious (and add more booze to the equation!)

  • Saint Germain (or non-alcoholic elderflower syrup)
    • Add up to 1 oz Saint Germain (or up to 1 tsp elderflower syrup) for a sweet elderflower addition to vodka lemonade that everyone loves!
  • Ginger Liqueur
    • A dash of ginger liqueur brings a spicy kick to this drink that is perfect in summer!
  • Aperol
    • Aperol’s bitter and citrusy flavor is a lovely addition to balance out some of the sweet from the lemonade and watermelon if you love a bit of an herbal kick to your cocktails. Add up to 1 oz Aperol for a bitter, herbal flavor.
  • Champagne, Prosecco, or dry Sparkling Wine
    • Sparkling wine is a perfect festive and fun addition to provide some bubbles to this drink! If serving in bulk, let guests add champagne or sparkling wine as they mix their cocktail to prevent losing all your carbonation.
  • Ginger Beer (Non-Alcoholic addition) 
    • Ginger beer is a spicy, bubbly treat that pairs perfectly with sweet watermelon and lemonade. If serving in bulk, pour ginger beer as you drink so you don’t lose the carbonation. Add up to 2 oz of ginger beer for a deliciously different kick!
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Rosemary Watermelon Lemonade Vodka Cocktail Recipe

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Rosemary Watermelon Lemonade Vodka Cocktail and Mocktail Recipe

Light and refreshing Rosemary Watermelon Lemonade Vodka Cocktail and Mocktail Recipe is an amazingly delicious and fresh drink that is perfect in a big batch for a bridal shower, summer BBQ, or outdoor dinner party! Non alcoholic version too. 
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword cocktail, mocktail, rosemary, summer drinks, vodka, watermelon
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Calories 512kcal
Author Courtney ODell

Equipment

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup fresh watermelon crushed, with liquid
  • 2 oz vodka virgin – use 2 oz lavender soda
  • 2 oz lemonade
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary lightly muddled
  • 4-6 cubes ice
  • 1 slice watermelon to garnish
  • 2 slices lemon

Instructions

  • Lightly muddle rosemary in a cocktail shaker, or press against it with the back of a spoon. Don’t crush rosemary, just release oil from herb a bit. 
  • Add ice, blended watermelon, vodka, lemonade and shake vigorously. 
  • Pour into old fashioned glass, coupe, pint glass, or other wide, short glass. 
  • Garnish with a slice of watermelon and another sprig of rosemary if desired. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 96mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 65g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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