Watermelon Coolers

Sweet, juicy watermelon slices make the perfect addition to a cooling summer cocktail. Tequila or vodka give the right amount of bite to make this cocktail party-ready.

Colleen Mullaney

Watermelon Coolers

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    4 cups watermelon, seeded and cubed 10 pineapple mint leaves for syrup, more for garnish
    8 ounces silver tequila (or vodka if you prefer) 1 cup pineapple mint-infused simple syrup (recipe below)
    1/4 cup lime juice Lime wheels for garnish


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      For pineapple mint-infused simple syrup: Combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir constantly until the sugar is dissolved and the liquid is clear, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add 1 cup pineapple mint leaves. Let steep for 20 minutes. Strain mint leaves and let cool completely. The syrup will keep, refrigerated in an airtight container, for up to one week.

    • 2

      In a blender, purée the watermelon.

    • 3

      Strain through a fine sieve. In a small pitcher, pour the watermelon juice, simple syrup, lime juice, and tequila. Mix well.

    • 4

      Pour into glasses and garnish with mint sprig and lime wheel.

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