It’s the middle of February and I know it my be a bit early to be thinking about summer. However, living in the south, I have no choice!

The temperature is rising and I am craving something refreshing (with a splash of alcohol). A summertime favorite comes to mind: caipirinhas!

I’ve never made one at home before, so I think extra taste testing is necessary. Especially since I’ll be adding juicy watermelon and cool cucumber to this traditional Brazilian cocktail.

Sounds delish, right?. Hell, it’s Friday, let’s make a few.

In a few weeks time, when it’s pushing 80 degrees, I’ll look forward to enjoying one some of these on the front porch. 

watermelon + cucumber caipirinhas 

serves 2, 15 mins total time


2 ½ cups watermelon, seeds removed,

cut into chunks

½ large English cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks

2 limes, juiced

½ lime, cut into two wedges

1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar

1½ ounces white rum or Brazilian cachaça

club soda, splash or more

additional cucumber slices, garnish

lime rounds, garnish


Place a fine mesh sieve over a large bowl or pitcher.

In a blender, puree the watermelon and cucumber chunks.

Pour mixture through the sieve into the bowl. Use the back of a big spoon or rubber spatula to squeeze all the juice into the bowl.

In a small bowl, stir together lime juice and honey.

Pour the lime juice and honey mixture into the watermelon and cucumber juice, along with vodka. Adjust sweetness with more honey if desired.

To serve, fill two glasses with ice and top each with cocktail. Garnish with cucumber and lime slices.