Tequila Watermelon Smash – Sweet watermelon and bright lemon flavors are just right with tequila, ice, and just a little bit of bubble and fizz.
What do you do when you have more watermelon than you could possibly eat? Make cocktails! Watermelons were on sale last weekend, and I picked up a huge one. After making Watermelon Gazpacho and eating a ton right off of the rind, I still had lots left. That’s when my sister suggested making a tequila cocktail starring watermelon. Hello, Tequila Watermelon Smash!
I guess I like a watermelon cocktail! What I love about this tequila watermelon smash is how simple it is. Just muddle, add ice, and top with fizzy water.
This cocktail recipe only has five ingredients, and since you make the drinks right in the glasses, there’s no shaker to wash when you’re done. Since watermelon is so naturally sweet, there’s also no added sugar in this recipe.
Smash cocktails have a long, interesting history. The meaning has changed quite a bit over time, but in general, a modern smash is pretty much what it says it is: a drink where you’ve mashed up the solid ingredients before adding the liquids. They usually include both fruit and herbs, so they’re a lot of fun to play around with. Imbibe has a really interesting history of the smash that’s a fun read.
You don’t absolutely need a muddler to muddle the watermelon for this recipe, but it does make the job easier. If you don’t have a muddler, use a spoon to smash and mash the fruit, herbs, and juice. The idea is to smash everything up. Hence the name. Don’t worry about getting every last piece of watermelon smushed up. Just mash and squish until you’ve released some of the juice.
Tequila Watermelon Smash
Yield: 2 cocktails
- 1/2 cup small watermelon pieces
- juice of 1 fresh lemon
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint, coarsely chopped
- 2 ounces your favorite vegan white tequila
- soda water
- Divide the watermelon, lemon juice, and mint between two rocks glasses. Use a muddler or a spoon to smash the watermelon and mint pieces.
- Add the tequila (1 ounce per glass), then top off with ice and soda water. Garnish with a lemon round, and serve!