Watermelon Bourbon Smash

Watermelon Bourbon Smash

Just in time for your hot June weekend, say hello to the Watermelon Bourbon Smash!  This might just be the most refreshing drink I’ve ever posted!

The key to this drink is making fresh watermelon juice. Actually, now that I think about it, I’m not sure you can buy watermelon juice, but even if you can, don’t do it! The fresh stuff is light, fruity, and incredibly in a cocktail with some mint, sugar, and club soda!

Make it in individual servings or multiply the recipe by 6-8 for a pitcher!

Watermelon Bourbon Smash

Watermelon Bourbon Smash

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Chill out this summer with these cool Watermelon Bourbon Smash cocktails! Fresh watermelon, mint, bourbon, and a topper of club soda for some bubbles. The perfect summer sipper!


3-4 fresh mint leaves
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 ounces bourbon
3 ounces fresh watermelon juice
Club soda
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  1. Add the flesh of 1/2 a small seedless watermelon to a food processor and pulse until completely smooth. Alternatively, you can add it to a bowl and mash it well with a potato masher. Either way, run the watermelon through a mesh strainer to strain off any solids.
  2. In a cocktail glass, add fresh mint and muddle sugar until fragrant. Add bourbon and stir together.
  3. Add watermelon juice and stir to combine.
  4. Add ice and top with club soda.
  5. Enjoy immediately!

Watermelon Bourbon Smash

To make the watermelon juice, pulse some fresh seedless watermelon in a food processor until it has completely broken down. If you don’t have a food processor, you can mash the watermelon with a potato masher or something. It’ll get you there!

Watermelon Juice - Bourbon Smash Cocktail

Making juice!

Most importantly, strain your juice through a metal sieve. There’s lots of pulp in the watermelon and while it tastes good the texture kind of throws off a cocktail.

Straining juice - Watermelon Bourbon Smash

Gotta strain it.

Look at that color!!

Watermelon juice - Bourbon Smash

Love the color.

To make a Watermelon Bourbon Smash, add some mint and sugar to a cocktail glass and muddle it lightly. We aren’t making mint juleps here. Just a little mint and you can muddle lightly.

Muddled Mint - Watermelon Bourbon Smash Cocktail

A quick muddle.

Then add the bourbon and watermelon juice! Feel free to adjust amounts to your liking.

Adding juice - Making Watermelon Bourbon Cocktail

Action shot.

Top the cocktails with some club soda for some fix and a few thin slices of watermelon.

Watermelon Bourbon Smash is the drink of summer!

Watermelon Bourbon Smash Cocktail

Here are a few other great Summer Cocktails!

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