Watermelon Vodka Spritzer

Guys, I’m not gonna lie.  It’s been a rough week at Savory Simple headquarters.  The storm of the year blew into DC on Friday and knocked out our power, unexpectedly, for days.  Heat indexes have been well into triple digits.  After 2 nights of misery followed by visits to a hotel and my parents house our power has finally been restored.  But it really threw off my week.  I had to postpone upgrades to my website, toss tons of food, cancel plans… and most of all I’m just tired.  Heat and chaos can be surprisingly draining.

The one high point of my week was stopping by a roadside fruit stand and finding a huge seedless watermelon.  It’s probably one of the most refreshing fruits, you know?  So this is my drink to celebrate Friday and electricity.  A few friends and acquaintances are still without power, one week later.  This watermelon vodka spritzer is dedicated to them. Stay cool!

Watermelon Vodka Spritzer
Serves: 1 serving
  • 1 cup diced, seedless watermelon
  • 1 shot vodka
  • juice of ½ a lime
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup seltzer water
  • Optional: mint for garnish
  1. Combine the watermelon, vodka, lime juice and salt in a blender. Puree until smooth.
  2. Add seltzer water.
  3. Garnish with mint (or blend the mint directly into the drink).


  • http://tunasfoodblog.wordpress.com cht7

    Perfect for a hot summer weekend! Thanks!

  • http://heatherharshman.wordpress.com Heather Zuber-Harshman

    What a rough week for you, but ending it with this drink sounds perfect. I’m adding it to my “post pregnancy drink list” so I have something to look forward to after the baby arrives in October. Thanks for passing it along!

  • http://twitter.com/damn_delicious Chung-Ah (

    I hope you week gets better! Glad you’re safe and sound! And this spritzer is amazing! It’s much needed on a Friday night! :)

  • http://www.seattlefoodshed.wordpress.com Seattle Foodshed

    Well, this looks fabulous! Thank you for sharing it with us. Hope you have a much cooler weekend and week ahead.

  • http://maddogtvdinners.wordpress.com Mad Dog

    Sounds like you needed a stiff drink ;-)

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      Maybe I should have made it 2 shots ;)

  • http://laurenkellynutrition.wordpress.com LaurenKellyNutrition

    Wish I had one right now!! Looks refreshing :)

  • http://foodisthis.wordpress.com foodisthis

    I’ve got a barbecue coming up this week and uh… this will be happening. Looks gorgeous.

  • http://tutti-dolci.com Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Glad your power is restored, this sounds like the perfect way to celebrate! (And maybe a 2nd shot is in order after the kind of week you’ve had ;))

  • http://erinmotz.wordpress.com erinmotz

    This is perfect timing! We bought a giant (GIANT!) watermelon and have run out of things to do with it until now! ;) ANd I hear you on the storms – I’m in FL and we had that storm roll through here about a week ago and I thought my house was gonna float away!

  • http://www.feastie.com Jessica

    I’m glad you finally got your power back! I heard the storm was horrible – everyone I know lost power (I’m up in NJ now). You definitely need a drink! And so funny – I made watermelon mint lime slushies today – watermelon is SO refreshing. I hope you have time to recover and rest this weekend!

  • http://bamskitchen.wordpress.com Bam’s Kitchen

    It is 5 ok somewhere.. I will get the blender going. So refreshing on these hot days!

  • http://fortheloveofcuppiecakes.wordpress.com Miranda

    Sounds amazing and it’s soooo pretty!

  • http://breathelighter.wordpress.com Three Well Beings

    What an incredible week! We had a freak windstorm in December and had a similar power outage. I just suffered with the idea of throwing out all that food. Your observation that heat and chaos are surprisingly draining is so true! I am incredibly impressed with you in posting a wonderfully refreshing cocktail! Thank you…and I hope life gets back to normal soon…and with a cooling breeze for all your effort! Debra

  • http://foodmakesmehappy.wordpress.com Carolyn Chan

    I heard about the crazy weather and the blackouts – so sorry to hear that it affected you so badly ! Watermelon is the best refresher and anything with alcohol can just make a bad situation better :) Hope things get better quickly!

  • http://stowell.wordpress.com Food,Photography & France

    It sounds like hell on wheels. Well done getting through it all in one piece. You certainly deserve a drink…or nine:)

  • Jennifer M.

    Great idea! I have an abundance of cucumber from my garden right now. I might try this technique with them (removing seeds and skin). Sounds refreshing :)

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      I bet that would be wonderful!

  • http://unegaminedanslacuisine.com/ Valerie

    I’m so glad to hear that your power has beD en restored! (It must have been beyond miserable.) I’m sure this delicious watermelon vodka spritzer helped take the edge off. :-D

  • http://unegaminedanslacuisine.com/ Valerie

    I’m so glad to hear that your power has been restored! (It must have been beyond miserable.) I’m sure this delicious watermelon vodka spritzer helped take the edge off. :-D

  • http://abpetite.blogspot.com/ ABpetite

    I really honestly dont think that anything could ever ever be better then this!

  • http://thedomesticrebel.wordpress.com The Domestic Rebel

    Sorry about your power and all the weather-related chaos! It’s never fun dealing with scary stuff like that. In other news, this spritzer looks perfect for kicking back and relaxing after a hellish week. You deserve it!

  • http://rufusguide.wordpress.com Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide

    I hope things get back to normal up there soon. This looks amazing.

  • http://savoringtimeinthekitchen.blogspot.com/ Susan

    I understand what you went through! A couple in our gourmet group, originally from here, live in Columbus, Ohio. The had to delay their trip back to Columbus because they had no power.

    This sounds like a perfect way to take the ‘edge’ off ;)

  • http://www.chocolateandchillies.blogspot.ca Asiya

    Glad to hear you are fine…hope your friends power comes back soon…never realize how dependent we are on electricity until it’s gone….we are so blessed to live in a place where we so much. My parents are from India and they have time periods where there is no electricity..just a part of life for them.

    This watermelon sprtizer looks so refreshing..my boys love watermelon. This would be great for them (without the vodka)!

  • http://www.simplyreem.com Reem

    I have been seeing the havoc storm created .. I am glad you are safe..
    This drink look perfect to celebrate the things getting back to normal…
    Take Care!!

  • http://gourmetveggiemama.com Lauren

    I love that you’ve been experimenting with watermelon cocktails, too! We did a watermelon-coconut daiquari last week and it was yummy. Hope you’re nice and cool now!

  • Christine

    Summer weather in the north west is always so placid, I forget other places can still suffer from natural calamity from June to September! I hope your friends get their power back soon — having to deal with nothing cold in the fridge and no AC for a whole week in the scorching heat… ugh!

    The watermelon spritzer looks awesome (not to mention that you deserve a drink after all that fiasco)!

  • ntepper

    Sounds fantastic! The heat has been unbearable in Indiana, and this seems like a must-try to cool any of these 100+ degree days.

  • http://bitsandbreadcrumbs.com bitsandbreadcrumbs

    Love this! And I’m so glad for you you have your power back. What a rough week indeed for those in your area and Virginia…all those who had power out in this extreme heat.

  • http://athletescook.wordpress.com athletescook

    Reblogged this on athletescook and commented:
    What a great idea…if you are going to drink, make it somewhat healthy!

  • http://www.justasmidgen.com Just A Smidgen

    I’m so sorry to hear that you had to endure that heat.. what a bizarre year for storms and weather.. once again the east side of the nation is sweltering while we sit in rain and clouds. (At least this week is supposed to be warmer!) On a bright note.. watermelon is the ultimate “cooler-downer” (is that a word, lol?) and this looks spectacularly refreshing!!

  • mayihavethatrecipe

    Really rough week sorry to hear that. I have friends in the Baltimore area that have been without power for a week. I love the combination of watermelon and lime!

  • Promenade Claire

    Getting the electrictity restored is definietly a reson to celebrate! And how cooling and refreshing. I’ve never heard of or seen a seedless watermelon!

  • http://thefitspirit.com Jess

    Wow, sounds like you more then earned that drink!!!

  • http://backroadjournal.wordpress.com Karen

    Great that your power is back. Your spritzer sounds like a perfect way to beat the heat and celebrate.

  • http://sweetrevelations.wordpress.com SweetRevelations

    Oh my, this looks delish- I’ve had a huge watermelon sitting on my counter for the last week just waiting for some inspiration. I think I found it!!

  • http://glidingcalm.wordpress.com glidingcalm

    this is brilliant! I want one now!! So sorry about your power and rough week!! Hope it is all easy breezy here on out!

  • http://www.mousechow.com Dawn Aguiar

    Bought a seedless watermelon this afternoon just to make this drink. You rock! Hope next week is better.

  • http://www.anecdotesandapples.com Monet

    I am sorry it has been a rough week. I hope that this next one is looking better! This spritzer looks so refreshing though. It sounds perfect before an evening before town.

  • http://thatskinnychickcanbake.blogspot.com Liz

    Perfect antidote for a stressful day. So glad you got your power back…what a nightmare!

  • http://berlinlunchbox.wordpress.com/ BerlinLunchbox

    Amazing looking summer cocktail. Must Try!

    Good luck getting back on track :)

  • http://www.grubarazzi.com Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)

    You just described my week… It was torture. I drank myself to sleep in the heat each night. I didn’t get my power back until Tuesday evening. yikes! These cocktails are all amazing. I wish I had this list last week.

  • http://www.bakeyourday.net Cassie

    This is so fun, Jen, I love it! And I think your site is redesigned since the last time I was here…regardless, I love it!

    • Savory Simple

      The new design just went live at midnight! I’m still tweaking things :) Glad you like it!

  • http://www.ozlemsturkishtable.com Ozlem’s Turkish Table

    So sorry to hear about all the troubles, but glad to see your post! Hope all troubles behind, that Watermelon vodka might just the thing for a treat, cheers to you!

  • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B. of HousewifeHowTos.com

    As hot as it’s been in the Midwest, our troubles have been nothing compared to what y’all have gone through. I’m so glad you were able to find air conditioned places to stay. I just can’t imagine enduring that heat without it!

    As for the recipe… you had me at Vodka.

    Stay frosty!

  • http://rizaputranto.wordpress.com/ Riza Putranto

    great post, looks yummy. perfect for a nice sunny day. thanks for posting :)

  • http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/ Choc Chip Uru

    This is one spritzer I know I have try on my 18th – looks gorgeous :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  • http://www.hskillet.blogspot.com/ Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook)

    glad you finally have power! this sounds delicious, so pretty and refreshing!

  • http://www.bakeaholicmama.com Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama

    This is stunning!! So refreshing.

  • http://www.ourchocolateshavings.blogspot.ca/ chocolate shavings

    This certainly sounds like a perfect way to stay cool !

  • http://sweet-lab.com sweetlab

    What a perfect way to celebrate a long and draining week!!! This looks simply refreshing and delicious.

  • http://russianmomcooks.com Anastasia

    Love the new look!

  • http://www.averiecooks.com Averie

    this is just so light, and bright, and cheery….gorgeous photo (and recipe!)

  • http://atasteofmadness.blogspot.ca/ ATasteOfMadness

    Holy moly. I think I would be in heaven with this drink, it looks perfect for a hot summer day!

  • http://twitter.com/chowandchatter RebeccaSubbiah RD (

    so sorry about the storm and what a fun drink pretty too

  • http://www.orgasmicchef.com Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef

    It’s the dead of winter here and I could easily have this drink tonight before dinner. :) It’s so pretty I had to pin it to my drinks board.

  • http://www.notquitenigella.com Lorraine

    Sorry to hear about your rough week SS! :( But looking on the bright side, this drink looks wonderful cooling! :D

  • http://www.filipinofoodstore.com/recipes/ Hilda

    I must admit this is my first encounter with watermelon and vodka, cant wait to try this! thanks for sharing this lovely recipe!

  • http://www.simplyscratch.com Laurie {Simply Scratch}

    This has to be the prettiest bevvy I’ve ever seen! I bet it tastes as amazing as it looks :)

  • amelia from z tasty life

    how fun and refreshing

  • Erin

    This looks gorgeous, and sounds amazing! This would be perfect tonight. We are moving tomorrow, so this has been a crazy week of packing and cleaning.

    • Savory Simple

      Oh, I feel you! We just moved at the beginning of May and it’s SO exhausting. Good luck! I hope everything goes smoothly.

  • http://www.thewickednoodle.com kristy @ the wicked noodle

    ugh…I always forget you live here in DC. I wish I’d remembered that because you and your family would ALWAYS be welcome to stay at out house. Especially if you bring this yummy drink with you! ;-)

    Glad your power is back on, btw. We were really lucky and only went without for about 14 hours.

  • Patty

    I like the idea of watermelon and vodka in a cooling drink- glad you’re up and running again, your site looks great;-)

  • http://www.sweetlyraw.com Heather

    This looks like a great summer party drink!!! Glad you left a comment on my site so that I could find yours! I look forward to browsing more :)

  • http://www.champagnepiggy.wordpress.com Champagne Piggy

    Oo yum, this looks very refreshing and slurpable. Just wait until I get my hands on a big, juicy watermelon and I’ll be back for this recipe!

  • http://lesliethefoodie.wordpress.com Leslie

    Yum what a refreshing beverage. Perfect for summer! I ate so much watermelon this week up at my family cottage, it is just the perfect summer treat.