Mixed Melon Cucumber Coolers

Our answer to the sweltering long weekend ahead right here.

These Mixed Melon Cucumber Coolers are incredibly refreshing and can be made into a cocktail or mocktail!

Hi! How are you all doing? Are you sweating it out in the heat like we are here in California or getting drenched by the record rains we’re having in other parts of the country? My thoughts are with all those affected by Hurricane Harvey and I pray that you find yourselves safe and dry very soon. I’m amazed by the outpouring of love and support I’ve seen for Texas coming in from all over the world, and it makes me happy to see that there can be such kindness and humanity in today’s otherwise crazy world.

Whether you’re doing your best to get in some sort of body of water (and out of the heat) or avoid any sort of water altogether because you’ve seen way too much of it this past week, these Mixed Melon Cucumber Coolers are for you. They’re refreshing and hydrating for those of us who need relief from the heat, and they’re healthy and uplifting for those of us who need a welcome respite from the rain and bad weather.

I talked the other week about how some of my OG flavor combinations (think your favorite Lip Smackers from when you were, like, eight) have been guiding recent mocktails I’ve created. First there was this Kiwi Coconut Cooler initially inspired by my one-time strawberry-kiwi obsession, and now we’re bringing back the cucumber-melon combo with these Mixed Melon Cucumber Coolers!

An overhead shot of super refreshing Mixed Melon Cucumber Coolers. Perfect for the end of summer!

I guess you could also say my recent mocktail creations have been guided by whatever fruits I can make fresh juice out of without a juicer, since at the moment we don’t have the luxury of enough space to fit a fancy juicer (or any other appliance, for that matter) in our tiny little kitchen. For that reason, easily puree-able fruits with minimal seeds have been my go-to in this time of non-alcoholic need 😛

To get started making these Mixed Melon Cucumber Coolers, you’ll first want to get a hold of some of the finest cantaloupe and seedless watermelon available. You won’t need the whole fruits to make the two servings this recipe yields, but I’m sure you’ll have no trouble finding a way to eat up any leftovers.

You’ll also want to track down some nice, crispy cucumbers. These add such a refreshing kick to the drink that if you close your eyes while you’re sipping you might just think you’re enjoying a relaxing spa day.

A Mixed Melon Cucumber Cooler is the perfect way to kick off a long, sunny weekend.

Simply toss these three ingredients together in a blender, along with a fresh squeeze of lime to give it some tang, and give it a nice whir to make your juice. It will turn out a little on the thicker side (like a purée), but have no fear because we’re going to top our mocktails off with a nice little splash of sparkling water. If you’re looking for even more flavor, you could even use a lightly flavored sparkling water such as La Croix or Spindrift. Creative license is yours!

And since we only add a touch of cucumber to the juice (compared to how much watermelon and cantaloupe we’re using) we add some fresh cucumber slices to our glasses to further enhance that spa-like flavor.

Mixed Melon Cucumber Coolers are hydrating and refreshing. Add some vodka or gin for an extra kick!

Oh, and I almost forgot. If you’re still on the booze train, add some gin or vodka to your Mixed Melon Cucumber Coolers to really knock it out of the park this weekend!

These Mixed Melon Cucumber Coolers are incredibly refreshing and can be made into a cocktail or mocktail!
Mixed Melon Cucumber Coolers
Prep Time
10 mins

The perfect, refreshing warm weather mocktail - loads of fresh melon punctuated by a hint of cucumber. Add vodka or gin to make it boozy!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 2 drinks
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
  • 2 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed cantaloupe
  • 3 inch piece of cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks, plus extra slices for garnish
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Club soda
  1. Combine watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumber and lime juice in a blender and pulse until a thick juice forms. 

  2. Fill two glasses with ice and divide the juice evenly among the two glasses. 

  3. Top each glass with sparkling water and slide a few extra cucumber slices down the inside of the glass for added flavor. Enjoy!

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You Go, Gin Coco

So sorry. Couldn’t resist.

You Go Gin Coco | CaliGirl Cooking

When you have a cocktail that combines super-hydrating coconut water, ginger beer, gin, etc., how can you not? Not only is the name You Go, Gin Coco SOOO incredibly fitting, I’m pretty sure this is a cocktail that the Mean Girls would NOT turn their noses up at (if they were of drinking age, that is.) Especially if they’d been out celebrating St. Patrick’s Day the night before (not pointing any fingers here.) It is pretty darn healthy after all, and would be even more so if we removed the alcohol. I mean, it’s practically a cleanse.

You Go Gin Coco | CaliGirl Cooking

So let’s get real about this You Go, Glen Coco! You see, I’ve been wanting to make a coconut water-based cocktail for a while now. There may have been an afternoon a few years ago when my Napa friends and I were lounging by the pool and decided to add some coconut water to our margaritas, and well, it was a pretty awesome idea on our part. Why not add a super-hydrating ingredient to our ordinary cocktails? It sounded like a win-win to us and yes, it was delicious. Ever since I’ve been wanting to expand on it, I’m all about that balance after all!

Well, today is the day folks. We’re making a coconut water cocktail that is the ULTIMATE hydrator and helps to soothe the tummy at the same time. Because if we’re going to drink cocktails, we might as well make all of the components as beneficial to our system as possible, right?

You Go Gin Coco | CaliGirl Cooking

Let me break it down for you. We’ve got the coconut water, which is not only super-hydrating but also chock full of potassium. We’ve also got ginger beer, which means that (if you buy a legit brand like this) we’ve got some tummy soothing properties in the mix. We also throw in some pineapple juice, which is awesome for digestion, and some lime juice, which is not only healthy but makes just about every cocktail taste super-delicious. You digging You Go, Gin Coco yet?

Of course, we’re adding some booze because it’s Friday and we need to celebrate, so in goes the gin and a teensy bit of Triple Sec. Yessssss. We’re doing this.

You Go Gin Coco | CaliGirl Cooking

Super-hydrating, super delicious, incredibly refreshing You Go, Glen Coco coming right up. Who’s in?

You Go, Gin Coco

Yield: Makes one cocktail

A super-hydrating, refreshing coconut water-gin cocktail.


  • 2 ounces coconut water
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces gin
  • Juice of ½ a lime
  • ½ ounce triple sec
  • 2 ounces ginger beer


  1. Combine all ingredients except ginger beer in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake to combine and strain into a rocks glass filled with more ice. Top with ginger beer.
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You Go Gin Coco | CaliGirl Cooking

Mmmmmmm. Aahhhhhhh.