Watermelon Martinis – Oh, sweet sugar baby!

Watermelon Martinis – Oh, sweet sugar baby!

I keep hearing how busy everyone is this Summer and how quickly time has flown by. Heck, school is already back in session in many places! Where did the Summer go??

If you follow Bunkycooks, you will know that our crazy lives have been no exception this Summer! I have been planning Food Blog Forum Atlanta along with Jaden Hair (of Steamy Kitchen) and Diane Cu of (White on Rice Couple) for the event in September. It will be an awesome seminar with lots of invaluable information for food bloggers and professionals, so plan to come! We also have a kick-off event and after party scheduled, so you will have time to drink wine and eat for free network with all of your friends!

I have also been traveling, meeting lots of nifty folks and writing the On the Road with Bunkycooks series (with lots more to come!). I have been interviewing awesome chefs and preserving many of the fruits and vegetables that are so incredible this Summer. I know I will be ecstatic to have them in my freezer or basement when all of the produce looks gross is not very fresh and is definitely not local at the markets this Winter.

It’s so cute!

Don’t get me wrong, I am complaining I am not complaining. I am totally exhausted having a blast, but some days you just need to do something simple, kick back and relax! Those times call for an alcoholic beverage a nice, refreshing Summertime cocktail!

This cute little watermelon in the picture is called a Sugar Baby. I picked this up at the Cashiers Farmers Market to nibble on because it is so sweet and good (I was also there to visit BB the pig!). However, after all of these long busy days, I decided that a martini was a better option than eating the watermelon all by itself!

This is one of the sweetest watermelons I have ever had.

When I made my cantaloupe martini (which was also very tasty), I did not strain the juice and preferred it that way. There was a nice consistency to the drink and it did not separate. The watermelon juice, however, needs to be strained because there is so much liquid in the fruit (that’s why they call it watermelon). If you don’t strain the juice, it will definitely separate after you make the drink and not look so hot be so photogenic. Of course, if you are drinking fast and not taking pictures, you might not care if you strain the juice! I’m just sayin’...

Since this particular watermelon is very sweet, this recipe was perfect. You might have to adjust and add some simple syrup or a liquor of some type if your watermelon is not as ripe and sweet. I also prefer my martinis less sweet and focus more on using a good vodka. The sugar rim also adds a touch of sweetness, so sit back, relax, bottoms up and enjoy the rest of your Summer!

Would you like one? It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!

Watermelon Martinis

Serves 2-3 (depending on the size of your glasses!)


1 cup strained sweet, fresh watermelon juice (I used almost one-third of the Sugar Baby Watermelon)
1/2 cup good vodka (Grey Goose or Ketel One)
Squeeze of fresh lime juice
Ice cubes
Sugar to rim the glasses
Watermelon slices for garnish


Dip rims of martini glasses in a little water and then immediately dip into sugar. Set aside. Quickly mix ice, watermelon juice, vodka and fresh lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Only shake two or three times or else it will become watery. You just want to mix and chill the drink. Pour into sugar rimmed glasses. Garnish with watermelon slices.

58 Responses to “Watermelon Martinis – Oh, sweet sugar baby!”

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — August 16, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

    YES! That’s my kind of drink, baby! Woo hoo! Personally, I like mine with tequila, but you can do just about anything and it’ll still taste good.

    • bunkycooks replied: — August 16th, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

      Hi Brian,

      Tequila kicks my butt! I’ll leave that one for you! :)


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    Debbie — August 16, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

    This looks amazing, I wish I had one waiting for me when I get home from work!

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    Cookin' Canuck — August 16, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

    This is calling my name! I made a watermelon mojito a few weeks ago and, ever since then, have been obsessed with melon drinks. I will definitely be trying this beauty.

    • bunkycooks replied: — August 16th, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

      Hi Dara,

      I think I remember your mojito…that sounds really yummy as well! The melons are so sweet this time of year, we better start whipping up some more batches of cocktails before they are gone! 😉


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    Liren — August 16, 2010 @ 2:44 pm

    Oh, that martini is calling my name! Beautiful and definitely a great way to sneak in a few more restful summer moments!

    • bunkycooks replied: — August 16th, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

      Hi Liren,

      Restful moments?! Who said this Summer was restful? Maybe if I fix another one of these it might be for just a few minutes…


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    pegasuslegend — August 16, 2010 @ 2:59 pm

    hit me baby ten more times~ ooh lala yum~

    • bunkycooks replied: — August 16th, 2010 @ 4:56 pm

      LOL! You are too funny!

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    Denise@There's a Newf in My Soup! — August 16, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

    I would love about 6 of those today. I have an awesome martini to post soon, too. Beautiful photography, especially the first one! Again, I’ve really enjoyed your “On the Road with Bunkycooks” series. Keep it up, girlfriend!

    • bunkycooks replied: — August 16th, 2010 @ 4:52 pm

      Hi Denise,

      I wish I could send you a dozen! I can’t wait to see your post. Your creations are always so beautiful. Glad you like the travel stuff. We will have more insanity to come. :)

      Hope the days get better. I am thinking of you.


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    sensiblecooking — August 16, 2010 @ 4:09 pm

    OH my I should never have read this post. I better get backup plan, something to make me stop.

  8. 8

    Monet — August 16, 2010 @ 5:09 pm

    This sounds amazing…I want to track down one of those watermelons this afternoon and make this tonight! I need something light and refreshing after a long week of heat!

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    Joan Nova — August 16, 2010 @ 7:38 pm

    I’ve seen those baby watermelons in the market but haven’t tried one yet. Looks like you made good use of it. The martini looks luscious.

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    SMITH BITES — August 16, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

    heavens to mercy Gwen – that is one beautiful photo! and the drink? well let’s just say I may not have to strain mine . . . miss ‘I’m just sayin’! ;o)

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    Baking Serendipity — August 16, 2010 @ 10:01 pm

    These sound delicious…and the watermelon garnish is the perfect touch!

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    Kristi Rimkus — August 16, 2010 @ 11:21 pm

    Wow! You have been busy! I love the refreshing drink recipes everyone is posting this time of year. How can watermelon miss? Wonderful color and fantastic flavor.

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    Gigi — August 17, 2010 @ 12:50 am

    Oh Gwen … this looks astonishing delicious and gorgeous to boot. I’m giving this one a try before the week is out. Congrats on your photo being featured on Foodgawker too. Ciao, Gigi

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    penny aka jeroxie — August 17, 2010 @ 2:32 am

    Bring on Summer!

  15. 15

    Becky — August 17, 2010 @ 7:07 am

    Watermelon season is almost over here. I’ll have to get one to enjoy the martini, before they’re gone

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    Laura — August 17, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

    Looks heavenly! Even at 9 o’clock in the morning! ha! ha! Here in SoCal we do Watermelon Margaritas. Equally refreshing! YUM!

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    Magic of Spice — August 17, 2010 @ 2:22 pm

    That is one pretty martini :) Beautiful photos too…

  18. 18

    Drick — August 17, 2010 @ 6:13 pm

    that is just one perfect picture – for watermelon lovers for sure, a perfect martini…

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    Torviewtoronto — August 17, 2010 @ 8:17 pm

    Lovely pictures thanks for the add

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    The Mom Chef — August 17, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

    With enough vodka, it wouldn’t matter if it’s one of those gross winter watermelons, huh. I’ll need to remember this for when it’s dead winter so I can turn on a bright light, pull out the beach chair, make a watermelon martini, close my eyes and pretend.

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    sweetlife — August 17, 2010 @ 10:34 pm

    perfect watermelon cocktail, I love it…

    great pic

  22. 22

    Katty's Kitchen — August 18, 2010 @ 8:20 am

    Total cheers to this idea!!! >>^..^<<

  23. 23

    Debi(Table Talk) — August 18, 2010 @ 10:01 am

    Headed to the beach tomorrow with this recipe in my pocket!
    Congrats on Top 9—your blog is wonderful

  24. 24

    sippitysup — August 18, 2010 @ 11:29 am

    #1 position for Today’s Top 9. Let’s celebrate with a cocktail. GREG

  25. 25

    polwig — August 18, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

    You are so good at those, cantalope, mojitos and not watermelon. Just in case I need an excuse to drink

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    Hyosun Ro — August 18, 2010 @ 12:15 pm

    That is a BEAUTIFUL picture!!

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    Bryt — August 18, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

    Love the way you think!! Your photography is beautiful making it even more appealing (although you had me at the word ‘martini’!!).

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    Katies Cooking — August 18, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

    I saw your recipe on Tasty Kitchen and these look amazing! I will definitely be trying these at my family reunion this weekend and I’m sure they will blow people out of the water! Great photo too : )

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    Alison — August 18, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

    This looks great! I will be at the Food Blog Symposium so I hope to meet you. I’m not too far, in Birmingham!

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    lauren — August 18, 2010 @ 4:00 pm

    I could use this now and I do believe I have all the ingredients. Thx

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    Emily — August 18, 2010 @ 5:05 pm

    These look awesome, and I completely agree, some days it is nice to kick back and have a nice alcoholic beverage!

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    Rachel Joyce — August 18, 2010 @ 7:02 pm

    Looks lip-smackingly good! I’ve only had the low-brow version, i.e. cut a hole in a watermelon and insert vodka bottle until it almost explodes. Let sit 24 hours and eat watermelon until you are crunk.

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    Kurt Michael Friese — August 18, 2010 @ 7:40 pm

    You may call me a snob (though I prefer the term “purist”), but your cocktail, delicious as it appears to be, is not a Martini. A Martini is gin and dry vermouth, shaken and served up with an olive or a twist. I will be so liberal as to allow vodka in place of gin, but that’s it.

    Putting a cocktail in a martini glass does not make it a martini. I could put water in a wine glass, doesn’t make me Jesus.

    • bunkycooks replied: — August 18th, 2010 @ 8:52 pm

      Hi Kurt,

      No, you are not a snob. I know that a true martini is made with gin and according to another blogger/friend, a martini is not even shaken, but stirred. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your perspective), any alcoholic beverage that is tossed around in a cocktail shaker with some ice and thrown into a “martini glass” has become a martini. If you go to any bar/restaurant, there is a “martini” menu that includes all sorts of non “purist” martinis (many are incredibly sweet).

      I think it is great to revive the tradition of drinking a martini, even though it may not be a “true” martini. I compare the exposure to a martini as what people have experienced with wine over the years. Once you try a sweeter wine (like a white zinfandel), you then are more willing to try other wines as your palate changes. You may even end up enjoying a true gin martini if you try the sweeter ones first!

      Thank you for your comment.


      • Kurt Michael Friese replied: — August 23rd, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

        Of course I realize that restaurants all over the country are doing that, but they are wrong.

        And as I say, they may well be tasty cocktails, but calling them martinis confuses and muddies a world of flavors that is already very complex. This is why Escoffier codified so much of the culinary world, to hep make clear what one was asking for when one said “saute” or “Provencal,” etc.

        I made your watermelon cocktail, it’s very refreshing, but calling drinks martinis that aren’t martinis contributes to the dumbing down of American food culture.

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    Pepy @Indonesia Eats — August 18, 2010 @ 8:36 pm

    OMG! I have been seeing watermelon posting everywhere and is making me more and more drool over it. Are you accepting a trade? Let’s trade with my sago cake, but no vodka for me please.:)

    Btw, nice to meet you too!!! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    Priscilla - She's Cookin' — August 18, 2010 @ 11:51 pm

    I’m not a purist and in the heat of the summer a shaken vodka with a bit of fruit for color and added flavor is just what the body needs. I like to say its how I get my five-a-day :) Congrats on the Top 9!

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    MaryMoh — August 19, 2010 @ 12:50 am

    That looks very refreshing and perfect for summer 😀

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    Amy — August 19, 2010 @ 9:27 am

    Can’t wait to see you in Atlanta. Will you have these with ya? Hoping so…

    • bunkycooks replied: — August 20th, 2010 @ 2:06 pm

      Hi Amy,

      I can’t wait to meet you, too! If I don’t have one with me, I will sure need one after the event is all over on Saturday night! Maybe we can whip up a batch! 😉


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    Cristina - TeenieCakes — August 19, 2010 @ 10:23 am

    Beautiful looking drink and so refreshing. Could certainly enjoy a couple of these today as it’s going to be another hot one! Take some time to enjoy, bunkycooks. Wish I could attend the FBF you’re organizing. 😉

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    5 Star Foodie — August 19, 2010 @ 11:59 am

    A gorgeous and perfectly refreshing summer drink!

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    denise @ quickies on the dinner table — August 19, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

    You’re so right Gwen – for better or worse, true or not, anything that comes in a martini glass these days, has become a martini. I’m not complaining though – especially if it’s cold, delicious and helps take the kink out of my shoulders 😉 Something say, like this gorgeous concoction you’ve conjured up. BEAUTIFUL!!

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    G. — August 20, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

    oh how i would love one today! perfect for summer.

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    Sara — August 20, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

    I would like one and its fifteen minutes past five. Yay me! And yay you for making such an inspiring drink. It WILL be a good weekend.

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    Chef Dennis — August 21, 2010 @ 6:16 pm

    what an outrageous drink and what an incredible image!!! wowser!! I’ll take mine with Vodka please!!! Thanks for such a wonderful post with such a luscious drink!! How I do love watermelon…..sigh

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    Anne — August 24, 2010 @ 10:06 am

    I would definitely love one of those, and it’s nowhere near 5 o’clock here (more like 9am)! I think watermelon juice gets overlooked in summer cocktails, which is a shame. I just had a watermelon cocktail over the weekend, and I just love how the juice tastes, and the texture it seems to add to a drink. If that makes sense.

    I wish I lived closer to Atlanta – the Food Blog Forum sounds like a wonderful weekend!

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    Stefani — September 13, 2010 @ 11:45 am

    This looks really refreshing. We recently made watermelon margaritas from a seedless watermelon we bought at the farmers market. So good!

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    Susan in the Boonies — June 17, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

    Oh, gosh, this looks perfect!!! Thank you so much for linking me to this!

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