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Watermelon Bourbon Cooler – Watermelon Cocktail

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Last Updated on August 30, 2023 by Leah Hall

A refreshing combination in a watermelon cocktail perfect for summer porch sipping!


We have been having a quite the odd spring this year, with hot weather in the early spring, then cold and rainy weather that has made spring seem rather fleeting the past few weeks. We have been really looking forward to those late spring days where the days are perfectly warm and delightful to sit on the porch with a cocktail relaxing!


Watermelon Bourbon

With this weekend looking like the weather is going to be a wonderful, we wanted a drink that would be a perfect porch sipper, the Watermelon Bourbon Cooler!


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cocktails. Gold dot straws, watermelon wedges and mint sprigs. Watermelon slices and Tropicana watermelon juice bottle in background

What to Make With a Watermelon Cocktail?

We were thinking about what might be a great cocktail to wrap up the end of spring and kick off summer, and one flavor we kept thinking about was watermelon (especially since our boys keep asking us if its time to get a watermelon!) While its a little early in the season for a watermelon, we luckily had a way we could get that prime summer watermelon flavor even when watermelons aren’t in season by reaching for Tropicana Watermelon!

cocktail with gold dot straw, mint and watermelon wedge. Tropicana Watermelon Juice Bottle in background

There is nothing like biting into a cool watermelon slice on a hot summer day, the juicy sweetness cool and refreshing and a real treat. Watermelon is a really great flavor to use in cocktails as its natural sweetness is great for mixing in with other flavors like citrus, herbs and many spirits, all while bringing a definite summer feel to a drink.

Tropicana Watermelon bottles up that great watermelon flavor and brings it to your glass so when you have a special occasion or just the urge to indulge in some mixology it is ready to go!

cocktail top shot. 2 glasses with watermelon wedges, mint and straws. On cutting board with watermelon slices, jigger, wooden spoon and jigger. Flowers in background

Stemless Wine Glasses / Paper Straws / Wooden Spoons / Jigger

What Flavors to Add to Watermelon?

With such nice weather and a lazy weekend calling our name, we wanted a drink that would be a great porch sipper. Most people think of mixing watermelon with gin or vodka, but one spirit that works really well is that venerable southern spirit, bourbon.


Watermelon and bourbon makes for a great combination, the natural caramel sweetness of the bourbon pairing really well with the cool fruity sweetness of the watermelon.


We started out by mixing a nice mellow bourbon with a nice splash of the Tropicana Watermelon, which by itself was a great combination! Try watermelon in our Watermelon Aperol Spritz, too!

cocktail in glass with mint, gold dot straw and watermelon wedge. Jigger, wooden spoon and Tropicana Watermelon Juice bottle in background.

What are Needed for the Watermelon Bourbon Cooler Cocktail?

  • Mint Simple Syrup
  • Lime Juice
  • Bourbon
  • Watermelon Juice


While the combination of the watermelon juice and bourbon was pretty good, a great cocktail needs to really pop. A squeeze of fresh lime juice added a nice fresh citrus note, which really brought out the fruity sweetness of the watermelon. Of course any drink called the cooler needs something to add a little cool edge to it, and what better than a bit of mint?


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We used a combination of a little mint simple syrup and fresh mint to bring a cool herbal quality to the Watermelon Bourbon Cooler.

cocktail with watermelon wedge, mint and gold dot straw

Hope you Enjoy this Watermelon Cocktail

The Watermelon Bourbon Cooler is a great combination of sweet watermelon, smooth bourbon and crisp citrus.  The mint syrup adds just the right amount of cool sweetness while the fresh mint garnish perfumes the cocktail and makes the Watermelon Bourbon Cooler a fantastic sipper for those days when the weather is just perfect!




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Watermelon Bourbon Cooler, pink cocktails in glasses with mint, watermlon slices and dot straws. Watermelon, mint and watermelon bottles in background
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Watermelon Bourbon Cooler - A Bourbon Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

A light bourbon cocktail, perfect for summer with watermelon juice and mint.


Watermelon Bourbon Cooler

  • 1.50 ounce Bourbon
  • 4.50 ounce Tropicana Watermelon juice
  • .50 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • .50 ounce mint simple syrup
  • sprig of mint and slice of fresh watermelon for garnish


In a rocks glass, add the Tropicana watermelon juice, bourbon, mint simple syrup and lime juice.

Add ice and stir.

Garnish with fresh mint and watermelon slice.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 12mgCarbohydrates: 27.6gFiber: 0.3gSugar: 11.9gProtein: 1g

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Molly {Moon} Burton (@miss_mollymoon)

Tuesday 6th of June 2017

This seriously sounds delicious! Definitely going to have to give these a try this summer.

The 'Noms.

Thursday 8th of June 2017

Thanks so much, hope you do!

Ashleigh @ Dash of Evans

Tuesday 6th of June 2017

Ooooh, snap! I cannot wait to try this when I'm not pregnant. We love that Tropicana Watermelon right now. Actually, a mocktail version of this wouldn't be too bad either :) Pinned for later!

The 'Noms.

Thursday 8th of June 2017

Thanks hope you try it out! It's so tasty, and yes, a mocktail would be great, our boys gave it 2 thumbs up! Cheers!


Monday 5th of June 2017

Okay, I love Tropicana and have never seen this product! YUM! I'm looking for it at the store next time, for sure!

The 'Noms.

Thursday 8th of June 2017

Yes, isn't it fabulous?! You need to get some!

Whole Food Bellies (@Wholefoodbellie)

Sunday 4th of June 2017

I am super excited to try this out this summer, especially since the weather here is just ridiculously hot and a nice cold cocktail on the patio sounds just perfect! If there is watermelon involved, I am there for sure :)

The 'Noms.

Thursday 8th of June 2017

Yes, the hot has been so bad already this year! This is so refreshing and tasty, so hope you try it! Cheers!

Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago

Saturday 3rd of June 2017

Another awesome cocktail! I'm definitely not going to have a shortage of excellent choices for my summer patio drinking parties! :)

The 'Noms.

Thursday 8th of June 2017

Thank you! You have many choices, LOL! Cheers to those summer patio parties!

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