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Did someone say, “summer”?
You can’t go wrong with fresh and juicy watermelon during summertime. Whether it’s cut into slices, mixed into a refreshing salad, or blended into a Boozy Watermelon Punch, it’s one of the most refreshing fruits that screams “summer”!
Swap the slices of watermelon with these frozen Watermelon Vodka Slushies the next time you’re heading to a backyard BBQ, a pool party, or a day at the beach. The perfect excuse to buy the best melon you can find and use most of it up all at once, these boozy and fruity drinks are one of my summer favorites. They have a delightful mild watermelon flavo, and are nice and bright from the fresh lime juice and simple syrup.
Made with five simple ingredients, these delicious frozen vodka drinks are guaranteed to become a new favorite. Whip up a batch along with my refreshing Frozen Mango Margaritas the next time friends pop over or when you’re hosting a summertime bash.
It doesn’t get much better than this. The fresh flavors in this watermelon slush cocktail come from fresh summer produce and vodka. Here’s what you need:
For the best results, buy a ripe watermelon that feels heavy for its size and has a yellow splotch on the rind. The riper the watermelon, the better! Look for in-season melon at grocery stores or farmer’s markets between May and September.
To freeze watermelon at home, chop it up and freeze it on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Go ahead and blend the cocktail once the chunks are frozen or transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container for later. If you don’t have time to freeze the melon fully, just chop it up and put the slices or chunks into the fridge or freezer until you’re ready to blend.
Any mid-priced bottle of vodka will work in this recipe. The flavor will be mostly hidden among the fruit and syrup, so there’s no need to break the bank.
Fresh (which is preferred!) or bottled lime juice will give each sip a pop of zest and acidity! If you’re all out of lime, feel free to use lemon instead.
We need something sweet to help round out all of the sweet and tart flavors in this frozen watermelon cocktail and simple syrup is the best solution. Make it yourself at home by heating equal amounts of water and granulated sugar together until the sugar dissolves.
I recommend making a fresh batch of ice the night before blending this recipe. This way, your watermelon slush won’t taste like old ice or freezer burn.
How to make watermelon vodka slushies
Prepare for those sunny days by blending a batch of these tasty boozy slushies in a jiff. Grab your high powered blender (we love the Vitamix!) and whip it up in seconds:
Step 1: Cut the watermelon into cubes and add to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Step 2: Place the baking sheet into the freezer. Let the cubes freeze for a few hours or overnight.
Step 3: Add the frozen watermelon and the rest of the ingredients to a blender.
Step 4: Blend until smooth, then enjoy!
Make it a mocktail
Watermelon slushies can easily be made without alcohol if that’s what you prefer. Just leave the vodka out of the recipe and whip it up! It will still taste amazing.
Customize the flavors
Mix up the flavors up by adding a few extra ingredients into this cocktail. Try these flavor boosters to customize it just the way you like:
- Add 4 ounces of prosecco, sparkling white wine, or sparkling water to make it bubbly.
- Replace 2 cups of frozen watermelon with frozen strawberries to make a strawberry watermelon vodka slush.
- If you’d like it more tart and sweet, replace 2 cups of watermelon with store bought or homemade lemonade.
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Watermelon Vodka Slushies
- 6 cups cubed mini seedless watermelon about one 3 ½ pound watermelon
- 6 ounces vodka
- 3 ounces lime juice
- 2 ounces simple syrup
- 2 cups ice
- Freeze watermeelon on a parchment linedbaking sheet until frozen, at least 2 hours
- Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender.
- Blend until smooth and serve in chilled glasses.
Actually drinking this delicious concoction as I'm writing this review. Simply refreshing and satisfying. I added some ice cubes and a pinch of mint. Next time I'll add strawberries. Highly recommended.
Michelle Ferrand says
Thank you so much for the review and glad you're enjoying the recipe! The strawberries could be a super fun addition!