Gin & Watermelon Cocktail

This watermelon cocktail is vibrant and refreshing, featuring sweet watermelon, lemon, mint, and gin. Don’t forget the watermelon wedge garnish!

Watermelon cocktail with gin

Have you ever seen a cuter cocktail? Because the season for watermelon is only for a short and sweet window, Alex and I have been creating a few fun themed drinks to celebrate this refreshing fruit. We started with a watermelon margarita, which is my favorite drink: it’s tart and fruity, and a little salty, all at once! And now, we’ve moved on to this watermelon cocktail. It’s gin forward, a little pine-y from the gin and tangy from lemon: just sweet enough with a hint of honey. It’s seriously refreshing, and that little watermelon wedge garnish? To die for. Here’s how to make this watermelon cocktail!

Watermelon cocktail

How to make a watermelon cocktail

The great thing about a watermelon cocktail is that watermelon is sweet enough to naturally sweeten the cocktail, for the most part. In our watermelon margaritas we used no sweetener at all, and it was fully sweetened by watermelon. This cocktail has a small amount of added sweetener: and it’s all natural! Just 1/2 tablespoon honey for 3 to 4 drinks. The great thing about naturally sweetened drinks is that they taste really vibrant and natural: and you don’t get that sugary scum on your teeth after drinking them.

To make a watermelon cocktail, you’ll start by making your own watermelon juice! Watermelon juice is very simple to make: you simply whiz watermelon in a blender, then strain it to weed out the particulates and get pure juice. One nice feature about most blenders is that they have the cups marked on the side, so you don’t even have to use cup measures: just throw in 2 cups of watermelon for this one and blend it up. Then use a fine mesh strainer to pass through the blended watermelon to get the watermelon juice.

For the cocktail, you’ll just muddle some lemon and mint leaves, then add the watermelon juice, lemon, honey, and gin to a cocktail shaker. Shake it up with some ice, and you’ve got one tasty watermelon cocktail! For the garnish, cut up little wedges of watermelon using some extra watermelon: they are ultra cute and totally make the drink.

Gin watermelon cocktail

What cocktail shaker should I buy?

Cocktail shakers are inexpensive and absolutely worth snagging if you find yourself making lots of cocktails. A cocktail shaker quickly chills cocktails by shaking them against ice, then has a perforated lid so you can pour out the cocktail without pouring out the ice as well. Here’s the cocktail shaker we use: 24-Ounce Cocktail Shaker | Amazon

If you’re in a pinch, you can actually use a glass mason jar instead of a cocktail shaker! Place the cocktail in the jar and fill it with ice. Put on the top and shake away! Pouring out the cocktail without the ice won’t be quite as elegant, but that’s ok, right?

Cocktail shaker

What type of gin should I buy?

For this watermelon cocktail, it doesn’t matter what type of gin you use: as long as it is high quality gin! The easiest way to tell if a gin is high quality? Don’t buy the cheapest gin you can find. Try to invest in a mid-price range gin: the drink will only taste as good as the gin you invest in! You could also be on the lookout for local gin, if you have distilleries in your area. Here in Indianapolis, our friends over at 8th Day Distillery make a local gin that’s a fun local find.

Watermelon cocktail with gin

And that’s it: how to make a watermelon cocktail!

Let us know if you give it a try, and what you think in the comments below!

This watermelon cocktail recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, plant-based, dairy-free, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free. For vegan, use maple syrup.

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Watermelon cocktail with gin

Gin & Watermelon Cocktail


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  • Author: Sonja OVerhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 to 3 drinks 1x

Description

This watermelon cocktail is vibrant and refreshing, featuring sweet watermelon, lemon, mint, and gin. Don’t forget the watermelon wedge garnish!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cubed seedless watermelon, enough for 1 cup juice, plus more for small watermelon wedge garnishes
  • 1/4 lemon, sliced
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup gin
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey (or maple syrup for vegan)

Instructions

  1. Add the watermelon cubes to a blender and blend until a juice forms. Then pour the juice through a fine mesh strainer into a clean container. Measure out 1 cup of the juice.
  2. In cocktail shaker, muddle the lemon slices and mint leaves. Add the watermelon juice, gin, and honey and stir to combine. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
  3. Garnish with small watermelon wedges.

  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Watermelon cocktail, Gin watermelon cocktail, Gin cocktail, Alcoholic drinks

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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