Watermelon cocktail with bourbon and Kolsch. As refreshing as refreshing gets and with a definitive kick.
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Watermelon Cocktail with Bourbon & Kolsch

Watermelon cocktail with bourbon and fizzy Kolsch. Refreshing watermelon juice (or slush) is spiked with flavorful bourbon and infused with fruity Kolsch style beer. 
Prep Time10 mins
Optn'l freeze time1 hr 30 mins
Course: beer cocktail, cocktail
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3
Author: CraftBeering


  • 1 whole watermelon (ripe, seedless)
  • 1 12 oz Kolsch style beer
  • 4 oz bourbon
  • 3 sprigs fresh mint for garnish (optional)


  • Cut the watermelon in pieces. Remove any seeds that could still be found in seedless varieties. (If you prefer a slushie version of the cocktail, freeze the pieces first).
  • Blend the watermelon in a blender or a pitcher using a handheld immersion blender. (If using frozen pieces add a splash of water to facilitate the blending process). 
  • Optional: strain the watermelon juice. 
  • Divide the chilled Kolsch style beer equally between three glasses. Wait for the foam to dissipate.
  • Gently add enough watermelon juice (or slush) into each glass to fill it almost 4/5 of capacity.
  • Shake the bourbon over ice and pour into each glass, dividing equally.  
  • Stir the mixture inside each glass, garnish with fresh mint and small slice of watermelon or a mini watermelon skewer and serve.


If you prefer a stronger cocktail feel free to use more bourbon than suggested.