Leave the ice cream truck to the kiddies this summer – we adults can have these frozen watermelon daiquiris instead!
While I’ll never (never ever ever) turn down creamy frozen treats during the hot summer months, like homemade chocolate chip cherry ice cream and semifreddo, I love the option to make a refreshing beverage with a bit of booze.
Especially with a recipe as simple as this one.
With just watermelon, rum, lime juice, and agave syrup, this four-ingredient drink doesn’t hide behind any artificial sweeteners, and doesn’t require a long list of complicated craft cocktail ingredients.
And rather than adding ice cubes, you freeze watermelon chunks to make this a delightfully frozen drink with the freshest, juiciest flavors.
With a quick push of a button on your blender, all of the ingredients blend together to make one of the best slushies you’ve ever had.
It’s exactly what you need as you lazily lounge under the warm sun, without a care in the world. With this daiquiri in your hand, you can enjoy your own sweet paradise.
Just ignore your very loud kids screaming and fighting in the pool. You can always add just a little more rum to your cup, if necessary…Print
Frozen Watermelon Daiquiris
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
Leave the ice cream truck to the kiddies this summer. Adults can enjoy 4-ingredient frozen watermelon daiquiris instead.
- 4 heaping cups frozen watermelon cubes
- 1 cup light rum
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)
- 3 tablespoons agave syrup
- Lime wedges and watermelon slices, for garnish (optional)
- Place all ingredients (except those for the garnish) in a large blender. Blend at high speed until everything is thoroughly mixed to make a uniform slushie.
- Pour into 4 small glasses. Garnish with lime wedges and watermelon slices, and serve immediately.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Daiquiris
- Method: Blender
- Cuisine: Cocktails
Keywords: watermelon, lime, cocktail, daiquiri
Cooking by the Numbers…
Step 1 – Freeze the Fruit
Preparing the watermelon yourself? With a large, sharp knife and sturdy cutting board, cut it into large cubes. Evenly spread the cubes on a sheet pan covered with waxed paper or a silicone mat.
For a quick demo on cutting melon like a pro, check out our cantaloupe tutorial here. It’s a similar process, without any seeds to scoop! (And on that note, make sure you buy a seedless watermelon, or you’ll be doing a lot of picking before you toss the fruit into your blender).
Freeze for at least 8 hours, or overnight. Remove from the freezer when you are ready for the next step.
Step 2 – Gather and Measure Ingredients
Remove the frozen fruit cubes from the freezer. Measure out the light rum and agave syrup. Juice the limes.
If using, prep your garnishes.
Step 3 – Blend
Place all of the ingredients in a large blender. Blend on high for 30 seconds, until all of the cubes have been evenly blended. You could also use your food processor for this, if it is large enough.
Too thick? Add a small amount of cold water (or more rum!) to thin out the mixture.
Step 4 – Serve
Pour the mixture into four small glasses, divided evenly between them. Garnish, serve, and drink! You can even pour the mixture into ice pop sleeves for an on-the go party!
Fruity Frozen Fun
When you’re not in the mood for ice cream sandwiches or smoothies, and are craving something light and fruity, blend up a big batch of these frozen watermelon daiquiris.
With no dairy and no artificial sweeteners, you can enjoy a boozy concoction of pure and simple summery ingredients that will delight and refresh.
It’s the perfect slushie, made just for adults!
If you’re avoiding alcohol, simply replace the rum with your choice of fruit juice – orange or pomegranate are tasty options. You can also use a more effervescent drink, like tonic or ginger ale.
Love this boozy beverage? Try out another rum-happy delight, with our rum punch popsicles. And if you’re looking for more recipes that feature seasonal ingredients, check out all of our summertime reads.
Other than seeing how far you can spit the seeds (we all do it!), how do you like using watermelons? Let us know in the comment section below – and be sure to rate the recipe!
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Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.
About Nikki Cervone
Nikki Cervone is a full-time cheesemonger and specialty foods buyer living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she's not nibbling on her favorite cheeses or testing a batch of cupcakes, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga, wine, hiking, singing in the shower, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.