Summer Watermelon Fizz

I think this may just be my favorite drink of the summer. It has some of my most cherished flavors all in one drink.

Join me in celebrating Juneteenth by checking out the list of contributors to the 2021 Juneteenth Virtual Cookout down below. 40+ black creators contributed to this collaborative menu as a Freedom Day tribute. Juneteenth marks our country’s second independence day, the final emancipation of those enslaved in the US back in 1865. Join in, share, and help us continue the legacy of celebrating progress. Additionally, you can easily follow each participant by using the hashtag #JuneteenthCookout2021 on Instagram.

What makes this drink so unique is the simple syrup that’s actually easy to make but not so simple because of the complex flavors…so here’s how you make it:

Watch me make Summer Watermelon Fizz here:

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Summer Watermelon Fizz ingredients on a counter

How to make the simple syrup

Simmer FRESH GINGER in water for about 15 minutes to make sure the ginger is nicely infused into the water. Taste the water at this point and make sure the ginger flavor is to your liking. I absolutely love the spicy nature that ginger brings in so I might let mine simmer a bit longer on any given day. The water will probably have reduced during this process so this may be an excellent time to add more water if needed. You’ll need 1 ½ cups to make the drink so check to see how much you have. Then add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Add in the mint to infuse the flavor and continue simmering for 5 minutes. It may seem like a lot of work to make a drink but I promise, it’ll be worth it in the end!!!!

ginger mint simple syrup
ginger mint simple syrup

Make the most of your time

While your ginger simmers, it would be a good time to blend and strain the watermelon, and juice the limes.

After the syrup, all that’s left is to combine all the other ingredients and you’ll have yourself quite an enjoyable summer sipper!

watermelon juice

One last tidbit

Don’t forget to rim your glass with lime juice and Tajin and top your drink with Topo Chico; that little bit of spicy lime from the Tajin adds to the uniqueness of this watermelon fizz and makes it SO MUCH FUN!

Enjoy this Summer Watermelon Fizz!

Summer Watermelon Fizz
Summer Watermelon Fizz
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Summer Watermelon Fizz

Summer Watermelon Fizz

  • Author: Handy Chef
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x


Summer Watermelon Fizz-a fabulous watermelon summer drink that has a ginger mint simple syrup, lime juice, and tart & spicy rim.



6 cups watermelon Juice

½ cup lime juice, fresh squeezed

4 pack Topo Chico

Tajin to rim the glass

1 ½ cups ginger mint simple syrup (see below):

3 cups water

2 cups sugar

23 inches fresh ginger

A few sprigs of mint


  1. Make ginger mint simple syrup: Slice ginger; simmer ginger in three cups of water in a small saucepan for 15 minutes or until the water has reduced to two cups. Add sugar and mint, stir to dissolve, and simmer for 15 additional minutes until the mixture has reduced slightly. You should be left with about 1 1/2 cups simple syrup.  Remove ginger and mint; cool completely. Juice limes. Blend watermelon and strain juice.
  2. Remove juice from limes. Blend watermelon and strain juice. Combine lime juice, watermelon juice, and simple syrup in a pitcher, stir. Rim glasses with lime juice and Tajin. Pour watermelon juice mixture into individual glasses, top with Topo Chico.


Half of one 12oz bottle of topo chico makes two drinks. Combine half of a Topo Chico bottle with the desired amount of watermelon juice mixture.

Here are the recipes from all of the amazing participants of this year’s cookout!!

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Peach Cobbler Cinnamon Rolls by Butter Be Ready

Red Hot Pepper Shrimps by Chef and Steward

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Spicy Shrimp Creole by Pink Owl Kitchen

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  1. Sharon says:

    Beautiful drink, and delicious ?


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