Beat the summer heat with a delicious mocktail made with simple ingredients. This watermelon strawberry mocktail uses juicy watermelon, homemade strawberry syrup, lime juice, and fresh mint to create a perfect drink for a hot day.
A delicious and great way to celebrate any special occasion, watermelon strawberry mocktails are a great option for all of your guests. Alcoholic drinks shouldn’t get all the attention! Since there’s zero alcohol, anyone can enjoy this tasty sip.
This recipe does require a little work ahead of time. You’ll want to make your watermelon juice and strawberry simple syrup a few hours before making your drink so each have time to chill. The great part is each of these steps take a few minutes, so you can do all of your drink prep in about 15 minutes.
How to Make a Watermelon Strawberry Mocktail
Fill the glass with ice cubes. Add strawberry simple syrup and watermelon juice. Top with club soda.
Garnish your drink with a sprig of mint, lime wedge, or small slice of watermelon.
Stir, sip and enjoy.
Making Homemade Strawberry Syrup
Get the recipe for my 3 ingredient strawberry syrup for cocktails and mocktails. It takes 10 minutes to make and will last for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator, so it’s perfect to make ahead of time and have on hand any time you want a tasty drink.
Do not buy watermelon juice at the store. It’s super important with this drink to blend up your own homemade watermelon juice. Store bought watermelon juice has additives and other juices in it for color and stabilization. However, these ingredients change the flavor. Store bought watermelon juice - especially the most popular brand out there - does NOT taste like pure watermelon juice you make yourself in your blender.
Chill your watermelon juice before using. Cold ingredients will help the ice in your drink melt slower and lead to a less watery sip. Can you use watermelon juice fresh from the blender? Absolutely. But if you have an hour or two to let it chill, that’s best.
Make your strawberry syrup ahead of time. You can make your simple syrup with fresh strawberries or frozen strawberries, whichever you have on hand. Every simple syrup is hot right after you make it and needs time to chill, so making it ahead of time is key. Using hot syrup in your drink will cause the ice in your mocktail to melt and you’ll end up with a watery drink. Give your syrup a few hours to chill completely in the refrigerator before using.
Use fresh lime juice. There are only 5 ingredients in this mocktail, so fresh is best. Plan on 1 lime per drink and squeeze the fresh juice.
How to Make Watermelon Juice
Grab your favorite high speed blender, fresh watermelon and get blending! Watermelon juice is super easy to make, requires 1 ingredient and minimal kitchen tools. Get the instructions with step-by-step photos on my How to Make Watermelon Juice post.
NOTE: Watermelon juice separates - big time! If you made your watermelon juice ahead of time and chilled it for this drink, you might notice that the juice looks pretty unappetizing after it’s been hanging out in the refrigerator for a few hours. The water completely separates from the pulp, but just give it a good shake and your watermelon juice will go back to being just like it was when you first made it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Limes, lemons, and most berries are delicious with watermelon. I’ve chosen strawberries and lime here, but you can mix any of the listed fruits with your homemade watermelon juice to enjoy different variations.
Watermelon juice is fresh watermelon that’s been blended and strained. It’s delicious and tastes just like fresh slices of watermelon. Get all the instructions you need at my post for how to make homemade watermelon juice.
Strawberry syrup is available in specialty stores, often stocked with coffee and tea ingredients. These syrups will contain a lot more ingredients than the 3 in my homemade strawberry syrup and you can make it in the time it would take you to drive to the store.
If you’d like to stay away from strawberry flavor, swap out the strawberry syrup for plain simple syrup (½ cup sugar dissolved in ½ cup hot water). You can use maple syrup or honey instead of white sugar in your syrup if you prefer a different sweetener.