Watermelon Martini

Happy Monday!

Do you think it’s cruel and unusual that I start the work week off with a most-amazing recipe for Watermelon Martinis? Do you find it wrong or amusing that this post about booze is being posted at the still-dark morning hours of this Monday morning.

Well, whatever.

This was the highlight of my weekend, and I was kind of thinking that having this martini planned for your Labor Day weekend may just be what gets you through this week and on to your 3-day weekend.

Let me preface the following by saying that I rarely drink alcohol. Wine and beer are usually my drinks of choice, 99.99% of the time. The last time I had a martini was in Cincinnati in February 2009 with my friend Mary (there’s a photo on Facebook, that’s how I know). Anyways, this is highly unusual for my family who drink vodka like as if they were at a Polish wedding. My grannie had nothing more than a few Baby Bel cheese wheels and a handle of vodka in her fridge at the nursing home. Priorities.

When this recipe popped up on Pinterest, and I stared at the mini, week-old watermelon on my kitchen counter, I knew I wanted to partake. I made my watermelon juice, and my simple syrup, and then I poured the drink and immediately took a photo of it to send to my mom – the Appletini lover. She texted back that she would trade her Appletini for my Watermelon Martini. 😉


Watermelon Martini from Eat Make Read

2 oz watermelon juice*
2 oz vodka
1 oz simple syrup**
1/2 oz lime juice
watermelon slice to garnish, optional


Combine watermelon juice, vodka, simple syrup, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with a few cubes of ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain mixture into a martini glass and garnish with watermelon slice. Yield: 1 cocktail.

*To make watermelon juice, simply cut a watermelon into 1-inch chunks and press through a sieve or mesh colander into a bowl.

**Simple syrup is equal parts water and sugar. Bring to a boil in a small sauce pan over medium high heat until the sugar is absorbed. Allow to cool before using.

Nutrition Information (per cocktail): 214 calories; 0 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 1 mg. sodium; 22 g. carbohydrate; 0 g. fiber; 0 g. protein

Result: Deeelicious! Sweet, but not sex-on-the-beach sweet. I felt like Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City with my so-sophisticated martini. Occasionally, a fancy drink is worth the splurge and the leftover watermelon juice goes great with seltzer water! 😉


My hockey team lost the championship game last night – grrr! But it was a fun season none the less. One week off and then the next season begins! 😀

Rounds with the doc today…better jet!

Question: What was the highlight of your weekend?

Have a great week!

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  1. August 29, 2011 / 6:38 am

    Love the color of this! It sounds delicious and looks refreshing.

  2. August 29, 2011 / 8:10 am

    I need to make this the next time my MIL comes over. We introduced her to Cosmos and she really likes them. I think she’d love this.

  3. August 29, 2011 / 10:16 am

    Watermelon-tinis are good. I found an awesome “American” bar this weekend – wish I would have known about it while you were here. Name of bar: Ice Cold Beer. 🙂

  4. August 29, 2011 / 11:36 am

    Oh, this would have been PERFECT this weekend. Oh well. My mom has half a watermelon saved for me, and Im out of wine. Clearly Im meant to have one of these martinis tonight. 🙂

  5. August 29, 2011 / 12:05 pm

    This looks so refreshing. The highlight of my weekend was being stuck inside with the hubby and little guy because of hurricane irene. I loved spending the entire weekend with them 🙂

  6. Tiana
    August 29, 2011 / 12:23 pm

    This looks yummy but I’m a tequila girl so Watermelon Margaritas are my indulgence.

    The highlight of my weekend was getting to see my uncle who lives in Cali and I’m in MA.

  7. August 29, 2011 / 2:22 pm

    My husband is a whiskey, vodka rocks drinker -ew! Love your drink! If I do have alcohol (like you wine and beer are my choice) in the summer a nice vodka lemonade is nice!

  8. August 29, 2011 / 4:47 pm

    great minds think alike. i created a yummy pomegranate martini over the weekend! 🙂 watermelon may have to be the flavor of my labor day festivities this weekend!

  9. August 30, 2011 / 12:39 am

    Hi Nicole, oooh, this may well make it’s way onto the Cocktail Sunday roster. Thanks for sharing! (and wish we were sitting on a deck somewhere with our husbands and a bartender that kept these coming! How fun would that be???) Sorry ’bout the hockey loss. Glad the new season starts so quickly. Have a great week.

  10. August 30, 2011 / 4:10 am

    Looks refreshing. Great pics, I’ll bookmark your site.

  11. August 30, 2011 / 4:44 pm

    Done. Watermelon martinis for labour day.

    p.s. I love your recipes. So healthy and delicious. Your pictures are gorgeous, as always.

    • Nicole
      September 1, 2011 / 6:47 am

      Thanks, Heather!

  12. August 31, 2011 / 10:28 pm

    This might be a nice change from daiquiris for my wife. I’m not so much into fruity drinks, per se.

    • Nicole
      September 1, 2011 / 6:42 am

      They’re delicious! Had one last one last night…had to use up the leftover watermelon juice 😉

  13. jennifer
    September 3, 2011 / 12:44 pm

    delish nicole, i just made these. so much better than any artificially flavored mixer!

    • Nicole
      September 3, 2011 / 12:47 pm

      So glad you liked them…and I totally agree! So much better 🙂

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