Two clear glasses of red watermelon juice on wooden board.
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Vodka Watermelon Punch Recipe

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Watermelon and vodka, oh my! This Vodka Watermelon Punch is just in time for summer. I don’t know about you, but watermelon is one of my favorite summer foods. Putting it in an adult drink makes it even better, in my opinion.

Red liquid in clear glass with half a slice of lime on the side.

This drink is really easy to make, too. If you’re not a fan of alcohol or want to make it for the kids, simply omit the alcohol and enjoy a refreshing poolside drink.

Ingredients You Will Need

Ingredients for watermelon punch in bowls on wooden board.

Watermelon provides the main flavor and the refreshing sweetness of the drink.

Pineapple Juice adds a touch of tropical sweetness and acidity that complements the watermelon flavor. It also helps to thin out the thicker watermelon puree.

Limeade adds a tart and citrusy note that cuts through the sweetness of the watermelon and pineapple. It also helps to balance the flavors and make the drink more refreshing.

Vodka is the alcoholic component of the punch.

Sugar is optional, depending on the sweetness of your watermelon and desired taste. It adds sweetness to balance the tartness of the limeade and enhance the flavors.

Why You’ll Love Vodka Watermelon Punch

Summery and familiar flavors: Watermelon is an essential summer fruit, and its sweetness pairs perfectly with the tartness of limeade. Pineapple juice adds another layer of tropical sweetness that complements both watermelon and lime.

Vodka’s neutrality: Vodka is relatively neutral and doesn’t overpower the other flavors. It adds a boozy kick without detracting from the refreshing taste of the watermelon and citrus.

Festive presentation: The vibrant red color of watermelon makes this punch visually appealing, perfect for a summer party or barbecue.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cubes of watermelon in clear blender.

What kind of vodka should I use? Any vodka you like will work! For a watermelon theme, you could consider a watermelon-flavored vodka if you can find it.

How do I keep the punch cold? Pre-chill all your ingredients and serve over ice. You can also freeze some watermelon chunks and use them as ice cubes to add extra watermelon flavor and keep the punch chilled without diluting it.

Can I make the punch ahead of time? Yes, you can make the punch ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. However, the flavor will be best if served fresh.

How long will the punch stay good? The punch will stay good in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. However, the watermelon will start to break down after a while, so it’s best to make it fresh.

Substitutions and Variations

Vodka: If you’re not a fan of vodka, you can use white rum or even tequila for a slightly different twist.

Watermelon: While fresh watermelon is ideal, you can substitute pre-made watermelon juice, but the flavor might be slightly less intense.

Pineapple Juice: For a different tropical twist, try using mango juice, guava juice, or even a splash of orange juice.

Limeade: Instead of limeade, consider using fresh lime juice and club soda for a lighter and more tart punch. You can also try other citrus juices like grapefruit or orange juice.

Fruit: Add other fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries for extra flavor and color.

Sparkling Water: For a fizzy punch, top it off with some club soda or sparkling water.

What to Serve with Vodka Watermelon Punch

Red juice being poured into clear pitcher.

Mini Caprese Skewers: Skewer cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and fresh basil leaves for a bite-sized and elegant appetizer. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic glaze for extra flavor.

Guacamole and chips: A classic and crowd-pleasing option. Make your guacamole chunky or smooth, depending on your preference.

Mini bruschetta: Top toasted baguette slices with a variety of toppings like chopped tomatoes, feta cheese, pesto, or a balsamic glaze.

Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad: Combine cubed watermelon, crumbled feta cheese, chopped fresh mint, and a light vinaigrette dressing.

Fresh Fruit Skewers: Thread various seasonal fruits like strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, and grapes onto skewers for a light and refreshing dessert.

Other Recipes You May Enjoy

If you like my Vodka Watermelon Punch, you might also like my Banana Daiquiri Recipe or my Classic Mint Julep Recipe. This Bullfrog Drink is also delicious and perfect for summer.

Final Thoughts

My husband and I really enjoyed this punch. We each had a glass and garnished it with a sliced lime. It was perfect for an evening drink after a hot early June day spent working in the yard. I hope you like it as much as we did!

Two clear glasses of red watermelon juice on wooden board.

Vodka Watermelon Punch

Heidi Bruaw
Skip the store-bought stuff and turn watermelon into a boozy party punch! Blend it up with pineapple juice, limeade, and a shot of vodka for a refreshing summer drink. Don't forget the sugar to make it taste like sunshine.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1.5 Liters

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Pounds Watermelon peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • Cups Pineapple Juice
  • 1 Cup Limeade
  • 1 Cup Vodka
  • Sugar to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a blender, puree the watermelon.
  • Put the puree through a fine sieve to remove any pulp or seeds still remaining.
  • Pour into a pitcher and stir in the pineapple juice, limeade, and vodka.
  • Add sugar to taste.
  • Chill well before serving.
Keyword Vodka Watermelon Punch
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