If you’re in the mood for a gin cocktail but want something a little more fruity to sip under the midday sun, then a Watermelon Gin cocktail is the drink for you. Watermelon is the iconic summer fruit that transports you to the beach and, what’s more, there is always enough fruit to make another drink. Watermelon and gin are a genius match, especially when you add zesty lime into the mix to balance the flavours.
Tap a watermelon and if you hear a deep hollow sound it is ripe and ready to enjoy.
No matter the size, a good watermelon should feel heavy.
For an extra icy drink, freeze your watermelon cubes before blending.
Add 2-3 cubes of ice to a strong blender along with rest of the ingredients and a little syrup to taste, if you like
Blitz until just smooth and serve in a cocktail or coupé glass
Garnish with a wedge of watermelon or lime and sip away
How to make the best Watermelon Gin Cocktail?
This watermelon and gin mix is a really fruity mix that makes a delightful change from a typical gin and tonic. Making a Watermelon Gin Cocktail is an easy all in one blender job and just as simple to make for a crowd too. All you need is juicy watermelon, a fabulous gin and squeeze of lime to pull this icy showstopper together. If it’s not sweet enough, add a dash of simple syrup for good measure.
We favour O’Ndina Gin, a gorgeous small batch gin made with zesty Southern Italian lemons and oranges. The citrusy notes and herbal qualities make this gin a great match for a watermelon and gin blend.
How to garnish the Watermelon Gin cocktail?
There are no strict rules when it comes to garnishing a Watermelon Gin cocktail but we think a wedge of lime or leftover watermelon will do the trick. You can also add a few sprigs of mint to extra freshness. To make this icy summer drink look its best, pour into a martini or coupé glass, and if you are hosting a crowd and don’t have matching glasses, a few cute little tumblers will look fabulous too.
Fresh or shop-bought watermelon juice
If you opt for a shop bought watermelon juice, pick a good quality that’s additive free and preferably without added sugar as it should be sweet enough. To make your own is ever so easy if have a blender. Remove the seeds, add chunks of watermelon to the blender and blitz it until smooth. For smooth juice, push the watermelon puree through a sieve to remove the thick pulpy bits. Use immediately or pour into ice cube trays to freeze.
You might also like: Watermelon Gin Cocktails to Impress a Crowd
Watermelon Gin Punch
When you need to host a crowd, this Watermelon and Gin cocktail is an easy recipe to bulk up for the masses. Your average blender jug can manage about 1.5 litres, but use our handy calculator above to find the right recipe measurements to serve a crowd. Make it ahead of time and serve it your favourite jugs and pitchers, then leave it to chill in the refrigerator until your guests arrive.