This Whipped Watermelon Cocktail Is the New Frosé

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If you're looking for a new way to enjoy watermelon, a whipped watermelon cocktail might be just what you need. Inspired by watermelon whip — a popular soft serve dessert — the beverage is both creamy and refreshing. However, what makes this version unique (and totally drool-worthy) is the addition of rum, honey, and lime juice. These ingredients transform watermelon whip into a boozy milkshake-soft serve hybrid that tastes just like summer.


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Depending on the size of your glasses, this recipe will make one to two servings. Cheers!

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups watermelon chunks, frozen

  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, frozen

  • 1 1/4 cups vanilla plant-based ice cream

  • 1 shot white rum or vodka

  • 2 tablespoons honey, maple syrup, or sugar

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • Small watermelon wedges, for garnish

  • High-powered blender

  • 2 glasses, chilled in the refrigerator

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The addition of alcohol will help create a soft texture. You can also add a bit more than the recipe calls for, but avoid adding ​too​ much, as tempting as it may be. Alcohol lowers the freezing point of ice cream, so overdoing it will prevent the mixture from re-freezing.

Step 1

If you haven't already, squeeze the lime. In general, one fresh lime yields about 2 tablespoons of juice.

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Step 2

In a blender, add the watermelon, strawberries, honey, lime juice, rum, and vanilla ice cream.

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Step 3

Blend until smooth. The mixture will be watery — this is normal!

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Step 4

Pour the mixture into a freezer-safe container. We used a stainless steel bowl and a silicone bowl cover.

Freeze for at least 2 to 3 hours, or until the mixture reaches your desired consistency. You can also do the opposite: Freeze the mixture for 8 hours (or overnight), remove from the freezer, then let it thaw as you enjoy it.


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Step 5

Pour the mixture into chilled glasses, garnish with small watermelon wedges, and serve immediately.

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If you'd like to make a non-alcoholic version, simply skip the alcohol. This will create an icier texture (since alcohol would make it softer), but it also means you can skip the re-freezing step. If the mixture is too thick for drinking, add a bit of non-dairy milk and blend.



Kirsten Nunez is a journalist and author focusing on food, health, and DIY. In May 2014, she published a craft book, "Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion." Her work has appeared on eHow, PopSugar, Shape, VegNews, and more. She lives in Beacon, New York.