Watermelon Bourbon Cooler – Watermelon Cocktail

Watermelon Bourbon Cooler - A Bourbon Cocktail with Tropicana Premium Juices

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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!





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 - A Bourbon Cocktail
Yield: 1

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.


For the cocktail

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


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: 210 Total Fat: 0.3g Saturated Fat: 0.1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 12mg Carbohydrates: 27.6g Fiber: 0.3g Sugar: 11.9g Protein: 1g




Cocktail in a glass with mint, watermelon and dotted straw




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35 thoughts on “Watermelon Bourbon Cooler – Watermelon Cocktail

  1. Oh my, I’m sure my husband would love something like this in the upcoming summer evenings…. saving this for later, thanks! 🙂 ps: your photos are gorgeous!

    1. Thanks, we thought so too! We loved how the bourbon complimented it! We tried lots of different things, and this was the winner! Hope you try the juice out!

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

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

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