Watermelon Screwdriver Cocktail and a Bonus Watermelon Granita Recipe!

by Robyn Wright on August 21, 2015

in Food

Watermelon Screwdriver Cocktail - Recipe - Delicious summer drink! | RobynsOnlineWorld.com

Screwdrivers have always been one of my favorite drinks but for this week’s cocktail I have a little twist on the classic screwdriver. We are adding watermelon ice cubes to it! This gives a sweeter end taste to the drink and as the ice cubes melt while you sip on your cocktail the flavor, and color, will change.

The original part of the drink is just the basic recipe of orange juice and vodka. Make sure your orange juice is a bit sweet though and not too sour because adding the watermelon adds a lot of sweetness and if you put in sour orange juice it just is not as pleasant to drink.

Watermelon ice cubes are very easy to make, but you do need time to make them ahead. Pick a seedless variety of watermelon. That might still have those tiny white seeds but those are not a problem, just no big black watermelon seeds. I bought a black seedless watermelon, fairly small in size, and this yielded 8 cups of watermelon juice.

Cut off the bottom of the watermelon so it will stand for you. Then use a knife to peel off the rind. Cut into slices and then into strips, and then cubes. I put those cubes into my Ninja IQ and let it whirl. Presto – watermelon juice! Pour the juice into ice cube trays and freeze for at least 12 hours. I then transferred the cubes to a freezer bag for easy storage.

Making watermelon ice cubes | RobynsOnlineWorld.com

Since I had more watermelon juice than I needed for ice cubes I decided to make a granita too. I added in a bit of fresh lime juice and sugar to the watermelon juice and put in a large dish to freeze – then scrape with a fork to make a watermelon granita. Very refreshing! Kind of like watermelon snow cone!

Watermelon Granita - Add a bit of fresh lime juice and sugar to watermelon juice - freeze - the scrape with fork to break up. Enjoy!

Will you try the Watermelon Screwdriver? Even if you aren’t a drinker you could simply leave out the vodka and still enjoy this drink!

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1 PinkLacedPoppy August 22, 2015 at 8:28 am

I don’t know if I would like watermelon, I love it by itself but rarely any other way…but I bet OJ and raspberry would be amaze balls too

2 Robyn Wright August 26, 2015 at 6:11 pm

Ohhh I agree, I think raspberry would be a great option! I will have to give that a try too!

3 texrat August 26, 2015 at 4:25 pm

Thanks for these. Frozen watermelon margaritas are my current favorites.

4 Robyn Wright August 26, 2015 at 6:11 pm

Ohhhhhh that sounds so yummy for summer!

5 Lisa Brown August 28, 2015 at 3:53 am

Watermelon is a nice change to an already good drink. I am not a watermelon fan, but maybe one day I’ll give it a try and see if I like this variation :)

6 Robyn Wright August 31, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Watermelon is definitely a strong flavor. My Hubby generally doesn’t like it either, but sometimes when I add it to other things he is okay with it.

7 Desiree August 29, 2015 at 1:28 pm

I am eating watermelon right now, so I thought I’d checkout this recipe! I love that it uses watermelon ice cubes so your drink doesn’t get watered down.

8 Robyn Wright August 31, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Yes! So much better having the watermelon melt into the drink rather than water!

9 LAMusing August 29, 2015 at 6:38 pm

Big watermelon fan right here! These sound wonderful!

10 Robyn Wright August 31, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Awesome – please let me know if you try it and how you liked it!

11 Kristen August 30, 2015 at 10:46 pm

I don’t like the taste of artificial watermelon flavor….but this using real fresh watermelon looks good!

12 Robyn Wright August 31, 2015 at 2:24 pm

I’m with you, I do not like the artificial flavor of watermelon, but I love fresh watermelon!

13 Dana August 31, 2015 at 8:19 pm

I’ve never thought of making ice cubes with watermelon. Good idea. I make a lot of watermelon margaritas in the summer.

14 steve weber September 3, 2015 at 1:20 am

WOW this just screams a summer drink – too bad summer is over and done with.

15 Elena September 6, 2015 at 1:29 pm

looks so delicious and refreshing!

16 shellypeterson September 14, 2015 at 8:43 pm

I don’t drink much these days but I used enjoy drinking screwdrivers long ago. I love this version of it. I think I might even tried it with out the vodka too. The watermelon ice cubes are a great idea.

17 Natalie September 24, 2015 at 6:30 am

This looks like a really refreshing summer drink!

18 tannawings October 14, 2015 at 1:08 am

I LOVE watermelon juice. It never occured to me to juice one until one day I had jalf of a melpn and since David doesnt eat it I kuiced it and it was terrific. Goodness both look good.

19 Robyn Wright November 22, 2015 at 5:33 pm

Hubby doesn’t eat watermelon either – I don’t know what is wrong with these people LOL

20 salexis November 18, 2015 at 4:19 pm

I will have to keep this recipe handy for summer – looks like a crowd pleaser!

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