Refreshing Watermelon Punch Recipe

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This watermelon punch cocktail is perfect for a summer cookout! Made with simple ingredients and tequila, it’s sure to cool you down!

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Watermelon is the quintessential summer fruit. As soon as watermelons hit the stores, I snag a few! Not only are beneficial to your health, but there are also so many amazing recipes you can make with watermelon, sweet or savory!

This cocktail is an easy, sweet watermelon cocktail punch that everyone will love. It’s perfect for a summer gathering and BBQ!

How to Pick Out the Perfect Watermelon

We go through many watermelons in our house, and I’ve gotten good at choosing a watermelon! Yes, I’m the one knowing about the watermelons at the store!

  • A ripe watermelon will have a creamy yellow resting spot on it. Called the field spot, where it rests on the ground. You want a watermelon with a yellow spot (not white) this means it is ripe.
  • The watermelon should sound hollow.
  • A ripe watermelon should feel heavy for its size…

How do you make watermelon juice?

  • Slice a whole, seedless watermelon and remove the rind.
  • Add the slices into a powerful blender and puree until liquid.
  • Place a cheesecloth in a strainer and place over a bowl.  You can also use a fine mesh strainer, but I still like to add cheesecloth over it for a very fine strain.
  • Pour the watermelon juice into the strainer and let the juice drain into the bowl.
  • This will remove all of the thickness from the watermelon and leave you with fresh juice!
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Check out our guide to learn more about making Homemade Watermelon Juice.

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How to Make a Watermelon Cocktail Punch

  • To make a watermelon cocktail punch, pour watermelon juice into a punch bowl.
  • Make a simple syrup by adding 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water into a saucepan and simmer until the sugar is melted. Let it cool.
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients (recipe below) and stir.
  • Slice half of the watermelon into slices to garnish the punch.
  • Add the ice and watermelon slices right before serving.
  • Serve with a ladle, and enjoy!
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What else can I do with watermelon juice?

Watermelon is a very versatile fruit. It can be used in savory or sweet dishes. Great for cocktails or appetizers!

  1. Make watermelon ice cubes with watermelon juice – So easy. Just pour into ice cube trays and freeze overnight.
  1. Make watermelon popsicles – we love these watermelon tequila pops!
  1. Watermelon ice cream floats!
  1. Watermelon lemonade is great for summer!
  1. Serve it with a splash of vodka and club soda.

Quick tip – you can also use rum instead of tequila for a watermelon rum punch!

Watermelon Recipes

If you like watermelon as much as we do, try some of these fun recipes!

Watermelon Lemonade 

Watermelon Piña Colada

Tequila Popsicles 

Cold Pressed Watermelon Floats 

Watermelon Popsicles

Hydrating Cucumber Cooler

More Punch Recipes

Need more party punch ideas? Try these!

Lavender and Gin Punch

Pineapple and Carrot Punch

Pineapple Orange Party Punch

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What are the benefits of eating watermelon?

Watermelon is a healthy fruit. It’s high in water content but still delivers

  • Keeps you hydrated, which is always good when drinking alcohol.
  • Contains antioxidants and vitamin C
  • Lower inflammation
  • Great for skin and hair!
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Watermelon Juice garnished with slices of watermelon

Watermelon Cocktail Punch

A refreshing watermelon punch made with tequila! It’s perfect for an outdoor summer party.
4.30 from 24 votes
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 288kcal
Author: Eden


  • 6 cups watermelon juice
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice fresh squeezed
  • 1/4 cup lime juice fresh squeezed
  • 6 1/2 ounces simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups tequila
  • 1/8 cup Cointreau


  • To make watermelon juice, cut a whole watermelon into chunks with the rind removed.
  • Add the watermelon chunks into a blender and blend until liquid.
  • Drape a cheesecloth over a strainer with a bowl below and pour the watermelon juice onto the cheesecloth. The bowl below will catch just the juice, leaving any thickness behind to throw away.
  • Add all of the ingredients in a large pitcher or punch bowl.
  • Add ice when ready to serve and garnish with watermelon slices.


Make simple syrup by combing 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan over low heat and stir until the sugar is melted.
Let it cool to room temperature before adding to the punch bowl.


Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 872IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 2mg
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7 thoughts on “Refreshing Watermelon Punch Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    Fantastic, easy recipe! I made it for movie night with friends and my fiancé begged me to make again the very next day. So, so good!

  2. If you freeze this will it lose the flavor? are there any adjustments you would suggest for this? looking to put these in capri sun pouches and freeze.

    • This won’t freeze fully since the alcohol ration would be too much. It might become a slushy texture. With frozen drinks in general like our frozen gin and tonic we do add more sugar to it so you can taste the flavors better.


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