Watermelon Daiquiri

Think pink when it comes to choosing your house cocktail.

Active Time:
10 mins
Freeze Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 10 mins

Every Southern hostess needs a house drink. The most spirited entertainers have fun changing the recipe from season to season to delight guests and drop-by visitors. Summer is always a good time for something light, refreshing, and bursting with the best flavors of the season. From mojitos and margaritas to sangria and spritzers, there are many delicious beverage options (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) for porch sitting, pool parties, and backyard barbecues. This year, we're skipping the long list of ingredients and fancy bar tools in favor of a tried-and-true classic. Enter the daiquiri. This cocktail combines rum, lime juice, and sugar, and can take on a variety of flavors. The Test Kitchen chose to take the fruity route with this homemade drink and made it with ripe and juicy watermelon. This recipe starts with two cups of seedless cubes, but if you're short on time, you can buy the precut watermelon that's sold at your local market too.

Watermelon Daiquiri

Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners


  • 2 cups seedless watermelon cubes [(1-in. pieces) from 1 small watermelon], plus more for garnish

  • ½ cup ice cubes

  • 6 tablespoons (3 oz.) white rum (such as Bacardi)

  • 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 4 limes)

  • 6 tablespoons refrigerated watermelon juice (such as Simply Watermelon)

  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • Lime wheels


  1. Arrange watermelon cubes evenly on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze until firm, at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.

  2. Process frozen watermelon, ice cubes, rum, lime juice, watermelon juice, powdered sugar, and salt in a blender until mixture is smooth, 30 to 45 seconds. Pour mixture evenly into 2 frozen rocks glasses. If desired, garnish with lime wheels and additional watermelon cubes. Serve immediately.

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