Bacardi Watermelon

Enjoy this refreshing Bacardi Rum Agua Fresca made with sweet ripe watermelon. The perfect cocktail for warm summer days.

A glass filled with bright red Bacardi rum watermelon agua Fresca garnished with a lime slice and mint

What is a Bacardi Watermelon Agua Fresca?

Looking for something to do with all that leftover watermleon from your recent picnic? I have a fantastic recipe for you. Bacardi Watermelon Aqua Fresca.

It is a Mexican drink combining melon, sugar, lime and water. My version uses strained watermelon juice that I blend in my Ninja blender, a mint infused simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and a splash of rum or vodka or tequila. Pour over ice and you have summer in a glass.

Keep a pitcher of it in the fridge ( sans alcohol) and enjoy on hot days or after a workout. Buen Provecho!

A large measuring cup filled to the brim with chunks of watermelon , limes and fresh mint. A bottle of Bacardi rum is next to the bowl.

Ingredients in this Watermelon Agua Fresca recipe:

  • watermelon
  • sugar
  • limes
  • mint
  • rum (or tequila)
  • ice and water
A cup filled with sugar

How to make a Bacardi Watermelon Agua Fresca Cocktail :

  1. Make a simple syrup with water and sugar. Infuse with mint or lime, if desired. Chill.
  2. Purée the melon in a high powered blender, strain. chill. Juice several limes.
  3. Combine the melon juice, simple syrup, lime juice and rum or tequila. Serve chilled over crushed ice and garnish with mint, lime or watermelon spears.
a blender filled with red watermelon juice

Equipment needed for this Watermelon Agua Fresca Cocktail:

  • fine sieve – buy my favorite HERE
  • blender
  • large pitcher
  • juicer- buy my favorite by Mason Cash HERE
  • sharp knife
Watermelon pulp being strained over a fine sieve into a glass measuring cup

Variations to this Watermelon Cocktail:

  • Switch out the watermelon for frozen peaches, cantaloupe or just frozen lemon or lime juice
  • Add tequila or vodka instead of rum
  • Infuse the simple syrup with vanilla bean, fresh ginger or Thai basil for a flavor kick
  • Be sure to use crushed ice- it makes the cocktail even more refreshing
A glass filled with bright red Bacardi rum watermelon agua Fresca garnished with a lime slice and mint

Other Summer Cocktails to Enjoy:

Bacardi Watermelon

Recipe by Meggen Arthur Wilson Course: Cocktails, Summer RecipesCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy


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A refreshing cocktail made with sweet watermelon, tart lime juice, simple syrup and clean light rum served over ice and garnished with mint and lime slices


  • 8 cups cubed watermelon

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • Juice of three limes

  • limes slices

  • fresh mint

  • 1/2 cup white rum, vodka or tequila

  • ice cubes


  • For the Simple Syrup:
  • In small saucepan, combine the water and sugar. Add mint leaves if desired. Bring to a simmer until sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool. Remove mint once cooled. Keep in a jar in the fridge for up to three weeks.
  • For the Agua Fresca:
  • In a blender, pulse watermelon until liquified. Place a strainer over a large bowl of wide mouthed pitcher. Stained juice from pulp and seeds. Compost or toss pulp. You should have about 3-4 cups of juice.
  • In a large pitcher, combine melon juice, simple syrup, lime juice and liquor. Serve over ice with a sprig of mint or lime wheels to garnish.


  • Simple syrup is a staple of summer cocktails. Make your own for pennies and infuse with citrus, herbs or vanilla beans and store in the fridge.

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