A Twist on Hemingway’s Classic – Refreshing Watermelon Daiquiri

by Pamela

Watermelon Daquiri

Watermelon Daquiri

What a heat wave we’re having this summer.  It’s been a bit of a scorcher here the past couple of weeks.  Craig has been surviving on cold beer and margarita’s.  But I’m not a beer drinker, unless it’s Amstel or Heineken and I’m in Amsterdam, and margarita’s haven’t been doing it for me lately.  After you have a couple of margarita’s (okay it’s more like 3….4) my mouth feels kind of icky.  Probably from the sour mix.  I just wanted something refreshing and cold, but with alcohol.

So while I was wandering around the grocery store, I found a beautiful seedless watermelon, that just happened to be on sale really cheap.  Score!  Make something with watermelon.

Here’s my confession…this recipe is all about me.  Craig isn’t a big fan of this one because it’s not sweet enough for his tastes.  I really like it because it’s not super sweet.  It’s really refreshing on a hot day.  And while I guess I shouldn’t say that an alcoholic drink is healthy for you, it does have pureed watermelon in it so it’s a lot better for you than pretty much other mixed drinks.  And no, this is not one of those frou frou frozen daiquiri’s with whipped cream and a cherry on top.  It’s really easy to forget this drink has alcohol in it.  Just a little heads up.


  • 2 Ounces Pureed watermelon (remove rind before pureeing and remove seeds)*
  • 1 1/2 Ounces White Rum (also known as light rum)
  • 1 Ounce Lime Juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Agave Nectar or Simple Syrup


In a shaker with ice, add pureed watermelon, rum, lime juice and agave nectar (or simple syrup).  Shake vigorously and pour into glass.  Garnish with a lime wheel.

*If you really want to go all out on this when you are cutting up the watermelon, cut some of the melon into one inch cubes and freeze them.  Then when you’re mixing the drink, use 1 ounce of watermelon puree and add 4-6 frozen watermelon cubes into the shaker.


Chris De La Rosa August 29, 2009 at 6:20 pm

I blend the whole lot into a smoothie 🙂 Yours look very refreshing. Cheers!

Crystal August 28, 2009 at 3:58 am

Watermelon and rum – what could be better!?!?

Cookin' Canuck August 11, 2009 at 10:36 am

This sounds perfect to me! I don’t enjoy drinks that are too sweet, either. Besides, watermelon has the perfect amount of natural sweetness to satisfy my palate.

Pamela August 11, 2009 at 6:20 pm

Sometimes really sweet is good, but I just can’t do it when it gets really hot.

Pamela May 25, 2014 at 6:42 am

Thanks Jocelyn!!! CHEERS

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