Prairie Organic Spirits sent me a few recipes for National Watermelon Day, which falls on Sunday, August 3. Since I still have the bottle of their organic Cucumber Vodka that’s naturally flavored with cucumber, I thought I’d try a shaken concoction they call the Garden Variety cocktail a try. It’s a definite winner as a refreshing, summer cocktail that makes use of fresh fruit and vegetables. The cucumber flavor comes through on the first sip, but then it mellows with the lime and watermelon coming through at the end. It's served on the rocks, but it would work well served straight up in a martini glass, too. 


  • 2 oz Prairie Organics Cucumber Flavored Vodka
  • 2 1-inch cubes of seedless watermelon
  • 1 diced lime (bitter ends removed)
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • Salt
  • 1 cucumber slice
  1. Add watermelon and lime to a shaker. Muddle.
  2. Add the cucumber vodka and simple syrup.
  3. Fill shaker with ice. Shake vigorously.
  4. Serve in a lowball glass over ice with a lightly salted rim.
  5. Garnish with a slice of cucumber.
My notes
  • The original recipe called for 1 oz. of organic agave nectar instead of simple syrup. I only had dark agave, and I don’t like that in cocktails so I grabbed the simple syrup from my refrigerator.
  • The original recipe didn’t say to muddle the watermelon and lime, but it seemed like the right thing to do. So I did.
  • The photo above is from Prairie Organics. My actual drink came out a much lighter pink than the ones in the photo. I didn’t care about the color, though. I only cared about the taste.
  • You can make your own cucumber infused vodka, but it can take up to a week to make. It won’t be ready to make this cocktail for National Watermelon Day, but there is still plenty of summer left for it to be worth your while.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

What to drink this weekend: Garden Variety cocktail
Celebrate National Watermelon Day with a refreshing cocktail that mixes the flavors of the melon with cucumber and lime.