Watermelon says summertime like no other flavor can, so if you’re looking to say it with a cocktail in hand, you’re going to need this Watermelon Simple Syrup. It’s is loaded with the light and refreshing flavor of fresh watermelon and it’s perfect for mixing with just about any spirit!
Use it for Watermelon Martinis, Watermelon Margaritas, or skip the booze altogether, add some fresh lime juice and make the kids’ day with homemade Watermelon Limeade!
WATERMELON SIMPLE SYRUP INGREDIENTS
- Personal-Sized Watermelon (about 4-6 pounds or less)
- Granulated Sugar
ABOUT THE WATERMELON
Most personal-sized watermelons weigh about 4 to 6 pounds. You won’t need the whole melon for this recipe, so unless you’re planning to snack on the extra, go for the smallest melon you can find!
You will need 2 cups of pureed and strained watermelon from about half of a smaller, personal-sized melon!
HOW TO MAKE WATERMELON SIMPLE SYRUP
Watermelon Simple Syrup may seem like you’ve got quite the task ahead because of all those pesky steps, but rest assured, it is extremely easy to make and well worth all 15 minutes!
- Make the simple syrup
- Cube the watermelon
- Add cubed melon to a blender and puree
- Strain through a fine-mesh sieve
- Combine fresh juice with the simple syrup
1. MAKE THE SIMPLE SYRUP
Simple syrup is just as easy as it sounds. Water and sugar come together in a saucepan and are boiled to create a “syrup.” However, note the mix is not meant to be boiled until it reaches the consistency of pancake syrup.
You really only need the sugar to dissolve into the water. This should take place almost immediately after the water has reached a full boil.
Combine water, sugar, and a pinch of salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat and allow it to come to a boil. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat, set the mixture aside, and begin on your watermelon juice!
2. CUBE THE WATERMELON
Time to put some watermelon in this Watermelon Simple Syrup! First, you’ll want to cut the watermelon into cubes so that it will fit into your blender and can easily puree. I find the easiest way to do this is to cut the watermelon in half (you will only need half of a personal-sized watermelon for this recipe), lay it flat, flesh-side down, and then cut the half into 1″ slices.
After the watermelon has been sliced, cut the rind away, and then lay the slice down and cut it into 1″ cubes. Repeat until you’ve got a blender full!
Next, place the lid on the blender and blend until it has reached a pureed consistency and is completely liquified.
Now’s the time to remove the pulp so that only smooth-sipping watermelon juice remains!
To do this, place a fine-mesh sieve over a bowl or large measuring pitcher and run the contents of the blender through it. If you’d like, you can use a whisk to hurry along the mixture.
5. COMBINE SIMPLE SYRUP AND WATERMELON
At this point, your fresh watermelon juice is ready to go and all you need now is to combine it with the simple syrup! Combine all of the simple syrup with 2 cups of strained watermelon juice and stir! And, there you have it — homemade watermelon syrup absolutely perfect for whipping up your new favorite watermelon cocktails!
HOW MUCH DOES THIS RECIPE MAKE?
This recipe yields 4 cups of Watermelon Simple Syrup. If you aren’t making cocktails for a crowd, feel free to cut the recipe in half!
HOW TO TURN IT INTO A COCKTAIL
Here is a simple formula for turning Watermelon Simple Syrup into a watermelon cocktail!
The formula below is for an individual cocktail:
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup of watermelon simple syrup
- 1 ounce of liquor
- 1/2 ounce of liqueur
- 1/2 ounce of fresh citrus
If you’d like to put your Watermelon Simple Syrup to use all at once, turn it into a pitcher of cocktails with this formula:
- 4 cups of watermelon simple syrup
- 1 1/2 cup of liquor
- 2/3 cup liqueur
- 1 1/2 cup fresh squeezed citrus
This cocktail pitcher formula will yield 10-12 cocktails total.
Liquors that will work well with watermelon are tequila, vodka, or rum. Liqueurs like Grand Marnier, Chambord, Creme de Cassis, or St. Germaine would pair nicely. And, as for fresh citrus, you can’t beat the combination of fresh lime juice and watermelon, but in a pinch, lemon would work as well.
HOW LONG CAN IT BE STORED?
Watermelon Simple Syrup will stay good refrigerated for up to 4 days. My favorite way to store it is in a liter-sized glass swing bottle! If you’d like to enjoy beyond this time-marker, freeze it!
To freeze it, simply add the watermelon syrup to a freezer-safe, zip-top bag, seal, and transfer it to the freezer.
To thaw, lay it on a rimmed baking sheet or another storage vessel to catch spills (just in case), place it in the refrigerator overnight, and enjoy the next day!
6 COCKTAIL RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
If you love making crafty, delicious cocktails at home, add these drinks to your must-make list!
- Mudslide | This cocktail is made for those who prefer their dessert in liquid form! Tastes just like rich, chocolatey milk, only with lots of booze.
- Peach Daiquiris | This peachy frozen concoction is made with real peaches and tastes just like a tropical getaway!
- Ranch Water | If you like a light, refreshing cocktail with minimal sweetness, this one is for you!
- Chocolate Martini | Just three simple ingredients are all you need for this classic dessert martini!
- French Martini | This martini is the perfect balance of fruity and tart thanks to pineapple juice and fresh lemon!
- Strawberry Margaritas | Who could deny the frosty goodness of a Frozen Strawberry Margarita? Made with real strawberries, tequila, and orange liqueur.
This Watermelon Simple Syrup is loaded with the light and refreshing flavor of fresh watermelon and it's perfect for mixing with just about any spirit! Makes 4 cups.
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 of a small seedless watermelon, cut into cubes
Add the water, sugar, and salt to a saucepan over medium-high heat and boil until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool.
To make the watermelon juice, add the cubed watermelon to a blender and blend until it is pureed. You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your blender.
Place a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl and pour the puree over the sieve. Use a whisk (if desired) to hurry the watermelon through the sieve. Set the strained juice aside.
Add 2 cups watermelon juice to the simple syrup and stir. Discard of any extra or reserve for another use. Refrigerate the syrup for up to 4 days, shaking before each use as necessary.