Spiked Watermelon Limeade

This Spiked Limeade Watermelon Cocktail is the pitcher drink of our dreams! Made with just four ingredients, this beautiful pink mixed drink makes a refreshing sipper for the summer months. Makes 1 pitcher. 

Love fruit forward drinks throughout the hot months? Be sure to check out and make this Blackberry Ginger White Wine Slush, Peach Moscow Mule, Homemade Cherry Limeade and Watermelon Frose!

Three glasses of Spiked Watermelon Limeade are served on a platter with a pitcher

This watermelon cocktail recipe was originally posted on June 21, 2017. The post text and images were updated on August 5, 2020.

In my opinion, pitcher drinks are best enjoyed during the summertime months.

And as a Southern girl, I’m obsessed a little bit with watermelon. To me, it’s the fruit of the summer because it is so wonderfully refreshing. We keep it in the fridge throughout the hot months so we can always have some on hand. 

Why I love this limeade watermelon cocktail

It’s hard not to love, quite honestly. This pitcher drink is refreshing and perfect for a hot summer’s day.. and it can be made with or without the booze.

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    Spiked Watermelon Limeade would make a gorgeous drink to serve on July 4th — I mean, look at that color! — and it would also be amazing at a ladies’ night, too.

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      A whole watermelon sits on a marble surface, surrounded by a white tea towel

      What you need to make this Lime Watermelon Cocktail 

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      In addition to these tools to make this watermelon pitcher drink, you’re going to need some ingredients, too.

      • Granulated sugar and mint—for that homemade simple syrup! It sounds fancy, but I promise it’s quite easy to put together.
      • Watermelon
      • Vodka—please don’t use bottom shelf liquor. You’ll taste the vodka in this watermelon cocktail, so you don’t want it to taste bad.
      • Limes or freshly squeezed lime juice—not the shelf-stable bottled kind because it makes a difference
      Close up of two glasses of Spiked Watermelon Limeade on a wooden tray

      How to make this Limeade Watermelon Cocktail Pitcher

      Make the Mint Simple Syrup

      Measure the water and sugar into a saucepan. Heat it over medium heat, and bring to a boil.

      When the sugar has completely dissolved, remove from the heat and add the sprig of mint.

      Let the ingredients steep for 30 minutes before you strain (using a fine mesh strainer!) the mixture and transfer the simple syrup into a mason jar.

      You can keep this in the fridge for up to two weeks! It’s also really fantastic to add to Blueberry Lemonade and various other drinks. 🙂

      Make the Pitcher Drink

      First, we’re going to make what I call the “watermelon liquor.” Which is essentially blended up fresh watermelon.

      Measure your watermelon chunks into your blender. Puree ’til smooth, then strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove the pulp. (If you don’t remove the pulp, the drink will separate. It’ll still taste great, but it’s way prettier if you do this step.)

      I like the strain my watermelon liquor directly into a large liquid measuring cup because that makes the next part even easier, but you do you. 🙂

      Now we mix the limeade!

      In the pitcher, combine the watermelon liquor/juice, freshly squeezed lime juice, mint simple syrup and vodka.

      Stir until combined, then chill

      Serve cold over ice with a slice of lime!

      Overhead of two watermelon limeade vodka drinks

      Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips

      Y’all know what I’m going to say, right?

      Pitcher drinks are awesome for summertime entertaining because a pitcher serves multiple friends. 

      • Make your watermelon cocktail pitcher the day before you host guests. This way, it has more than enough time to chill out and be nice and ice cold. Also, you won’t have to fret about blending up watermelon and combining the ingredients when guests are at your house.
      • Make it easy on yourself—purchasing fresh squeezed lime juice and pre-cut watermelon is a great way to cut down some of the prep time.
      • Leave out the vodka… and let friends spike it themselves! This would be a really thoughtful thing to do if you’re hosting a mixed group of friends (especially if a friend doesn’t drink and/or someone is pregnant or there are kids running about who might like to try some of this fun drink.)
      Three glasses of Spiked Watermelon Limeade are served on a wooden platter.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      How do I cut a whole watermelon?

      I made a video for you!

      Basically, you’re going to slice off the bottom and the top of the watermelon so it can sit flat. Then you’re going to run your knife down the sides, removing the rind. Take your time because you don’t want your hands to slip!

      When the rind has been removed, I always slice the watermelon into rounds and then dice it into smaller pieces.

      What kind of vodka do you recommend for this pitcher drink?

      Use a quality vodka. Period. The end.

      Because you taste the alcohol in this lime watermelon cocktail, you want it to have good flavor. We’re big fans of Tito’s, if you’re looking for a specific brand recommendation.

      I’m hosting parents and kids. How should I mix this safely?

      Whenever you’re hosting kids and their parents, I like to mix a pitcher without the vodka so the kids can have sips (and so parents don’t have to worry about their littles getting saucy.)

      If you want to offer vodka for adults to spike their drinks with, do that! Just keep the vodka in a place where the kids can’t access it. (So, in our house, we have our vodka in a pull out cabinet—and I will direct guests to it so they can add a shot to theirs.)

      What are some dishes that pair well with this watermelon cocktail when you’re entertaining?

      Overhead of three watermelon cocktails garnished with lime rounds

      Quick Tips and Tricks for the Best Spiked Watermelon Limeade

      • Make it in advance. This watermelon cocktail keeps in the fridge well, so don’t feel funny about mixing it a day before you plan to drink it with friends.
      • Take the time and strain the watermelon liquor. It’ll separate and look really sad in your pitcher if you don’t.
      • Use fresh lime juice. The shelf-stable lime juice just isn’t as fresh or tart, and it makes a difference for this pitcher drink.
      A wooden tray holds three small glasses of spiked watermelon limeade with the text 'how to make watermelon lime cocktail'

      More watermelon drink recipes to try:

      Blend up a refreshing Watermelon Frose.

      Try a summery twist on a classic: the Watermelon Gimlet.

      Everyone in our household adores Watermelon Lemonade!

      Interested in making a pitcher of this goodness?

      Three glasses of Spiked Watermelon Limeade are served on a platter with a pitcher

      Spiked Watermelon Limeade

      Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate
      Spiked Watermelon Limeade is the pitcher drink of our dreams! This beautiful pink cocktail highlights just four ingredients for the ultimate summertime cocktail: watermelon, mint, lime and vodka. Puree watermelon chunks, then strain, and add to a pitcher with freshly squeezed lime juice and homemade mint simple syrup. Pour in vodka and chill, then serve to your besties! Refreshing and summery, this Spiked Watermelon Limeade makes a tasty sipper!
      4.75 from 4 votes
      Servings 8 drinks
      Calories 318 kcal
      Prep Time 15 minutes
      Total Time 15 minutes


      Mint Simple Syrup

      • 1 cup water
      • 1 cup granulated sugar
      • 1 sprig fresh mint about 10 leaves

      Watermelon Liquor

      • 2 cups watermelon bite-sized

      Spiked Watermelon Limeade

      • 1 ½ cups watermelon liquor recipe above
      • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice freshly squeezed
      • ¾ cup mint simple syrup
      • ½ – ¾ cup vodka

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      Make the Mint Simple Syrup

      • In a heavy bottomed saucepan, heat the water and sugar together over medium heat.
      • Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat.
      • Add the sprig of mint, and steep for 30 minutes.
      • Strain the simple syrup, and transfer into a mason jar. Cap and refrigerate for up to two weeks.

      Make the Watermelon Liquor

      • Measure out the watermelon chunks, and place in the base of a blender.
      • Puree until smooth.
      • Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the watermelon liquor to remove the pulp.

      Make the Limeade

      • In a pitcher, combine the watermelon liquor, freshly squeezed lime juice, mint simple syrup and vodka.
      • Stir until combined, then chill.
      • Serve cold (or over ice) with slice of lime, and enjoy!


      This limeade can easily be made in advance and chilled until time to enjoy.
      If you’re serving a mixed crowd or some folks who do not drink alcohol, prepare the limeade in the pitcher without the vodka. When serving, add vodka to individual glasses, as per your guests’ request.


      Serving: 1drinkCalories: 318kcalCarbohydrates: 72gProtein: 1gSodium: 12mgSugar: 62g
      Keyword drinks, lime, mixed drink, pitcher drink, watermelon
      Course Drinks & Cocktails
      Cuisine American
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      Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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      1. I am obsessed with this cherry limeade mix I have right now but THIS is going to be my new obsession!! Watermelon is oh-so perfect for summer!

        1. DO IT! I’m all about the cherry limeade, too, but man, watermelon limeade sure hits the spot! Super refreshing, too. CHEERS, friend!

      2. Same here – the watermelon disappears the same day I buy it! 😀 I need to save it next time to make this limeade! Sounds fantastic!

        1. If you are able to squirrel it away, I’m excited to hear what you think! And if not, just keep enjoying that fresh watermelon. It’s hard to beat this time of year!

        1. YAY! I love to hear that! And I wish there was a way for me to share these beauts with you because they’re yummy and so perfect for weekend sipping.

      3. OH MY WORD. This looks uhmazing. I can’t wait to make a pitcher of this and I love that it can be made sans booze too!

      4. This is JUST the thing for my 4th of July cookout! I am so intrigued by the watermelon liquor. Can’t wait to try this!

        1. Woohoo! I hope you and yours enjoy this as much as we did. Watermelon is so perfect for the summertime, and this combination of flavors is spot on for me. 🙂

      5. This is JUST the thing for my 4th of July cookout! I am so intrigued by the watermelon liquor. Can’t wait to try this!

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