This easy, vegan and gluten-free cucumber watermelon martini recipe is everything a fun Summer drink should be: fresh, slightly sweet and fruity, and oh, so refreshing. It's like the Bonefish Grill watermelon martini... but better!
A few quick notes:
The Bonefish Grill martini uses simple syrup, which my recipe omits, as I find watermelon to be naturally sweet enough. If you want more sweetness, add ¼ an ounce of simple syrup or a natural alternative like agave (my personal preference).
I also use about double the amount of fresh cucumbers as Bonefish Grill because I love the fresh flavor and juice they provide.
Instead of a sour mix, I use fresh lemon juice. Fresh is the theme here!
Like Bonefish Grill, I use vodka, and I do prefer it as the type of alcohol in this watermelon martini.
However, we tried using Hendrick's gin as well, and it was also lovely. My husband preferred that iteration. (If you do use gin, I definitely recommend the Hendrick's brand as it has a cucumber taste.)
Vodka makes the cocktail taste sweeter and more watermelon-y, and gin makes this watermelon cucumber martini taste more crisp and clean.
You can also try using cucumber vodka, but you may want to limit or omit the fresh cucumber slices if you do. However, I prefer fresh cucumber to flavored vodka for the, well, freshness!
And if you want a non-alcoholic version, try substituting water or sparkling water for the alcohol.
Lastly, while I like to garnish the drink with fresh cucumber and frozen watermelon, you can try a lemon peel instead for a bit more sourness.
Cucumber Watermelon Martini Recipe
- 5-6 cucumber slices, quartered
- 2-3 fresh watermelon cubes
- ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
- 2 ounces vodka
- A few ice cubes (for combining the drink)
- 1 extra cucumber slice for garnish (optional)
- 1-3 fresh or frozen watermelon cubes for garnish (optional)
- Place the quartered cucumber slices and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker and muddle them thoroughly.
- Add the watermelon cubes to the cocktail shaker and muddle everything thoroughly.
- Add the vodka and ice cubes to the cocktail shaker and shake thoroughly.
- Pour the drink into a martini glass with a cocktail strainer and a fine mesh strainer.
- Garnish with a cucumber slice and fresh or frozen watermelon cubes.
- If you want more sweetness, add ¼ an ounce of simple syrup or a natural alternative like agave.
- You can substitute gin for vodka. Vodka makes the cocktail taste more sweet and watermelon-y, and gin makes the watermelon cucumber martini taste more crisp and clean.
- You can also substitute vodka for cucumber vodka, but you may want to limit or omit the fresh cucumber slices if you do.
- For a non-alcoholic mocktail, substitute water or sparkling water for the alcohol.
- You can substitute a lemon peel as a garnish for a bit more sourness.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 526Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 20mgCarbohydrates: 100gFiber: 6gSugar: 77gProtein: 9g
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