Introduction: Spicy Watermelon Lemonade and Cocktail

During the summertime, nothing beats the heat like a nice, cold glass of lemonade. The same could be said for a juicy wedge of sweet, crisp watermelon. This spicy take on a classic summer combo will quench your thirst and leave you with a kick!

This recipe also tastes great with a splash of tequila for a delicious, spicy cocktail!



  • Blender


  • 2 cups cubed watermelon
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp to 1/2 tsp ground cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup ice (optional)

Additional ingredients for cocktail

  • Tequila or alcohol of your choice
  • Mint
  • Salt
  • Lime

Step 1: Cut Watermelon

Cut the watermelon into 1/2 inch cubes and, using a measuring cup, measure out 2 cups. Add to blender.

Step 2: Add Lemon Juice and Water

Measure out 3/4 cup of lemon juice and 2 cups of water. Add both to the blender.

Note: If using ice, add ice with water and make sure they total to 2 cups

Step 3: Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice!

Measure out 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/4 tsp of ginger, and depending on how spicy you want your lemonade, add the following amount of ground cayenne pepper:

Mild: 1/8 tsp

Medium : 1/4 tsp

⚠️HOT⚠️: 1/2 tsp

Feel free to mess around with these measurements to achieve your desired level of spice!

Step 4: Blend!

Blend until combined and watermelon is thoroughly pureed (about 30 seconds, perhaps longer if using ice)

Step 5: Chill and Serve!

If desired, transfer the lemonade to a pitcher and refrigerate for up to 4 hours. Serve with ice and mint if you like and enjoy!

Step 6: Cocktail Hour

If you want to kick it up a notch, you can turn this spicy lemonade into a kickin' cocktail! Simply combine about 4 oz of the lemonade with a shot of tequila in a glass. Then, salt the rim, garnish with lime and mint, and you're off!

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