Watermelon Gin Cocktail

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PREP TIME 5 min

Cocktail Type

G&T

Great for

Summer

Difficulty

Easy

A row of Watermelon Gin cocktails in a bar setting

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 made for you. Watermelon is the taste that transports you to the beach and, what’s more, there’s always enough fruit to make another drink. Watermelon and gin are a genius match, especially when you add zesty lime to balance the flavors. And, after just one sip, we think you’ll agree it’s one of the best fruity cocktails to drink this summer.

 

QUICK TIPS

01

Tap a watermelon and, if you hear a deep hollow sound, it means it is ripe and juicy.

02

No matter the size, a good watermelon should feel heavy.

03

Freeze your watermelon cubes before blending for an icy cold cocktail.

INGREDIENTS

MAKE FOR

1 Person

2 Oz

60 Ml

2 Parts

3 Oz

90 Ml

3 Parts

watermelon cubes, deseeded
1
teaspoon of simple syrup (optional)
juice of ½ lime
to garnish a small wedge of watermelon or lime
ice

INSTRUCTIONS

01

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

02

Blitz until just smooth and serve in a cocktail or coupé glass

03

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 a 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 favor 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 cocktail. But don’t just take our word for it – give it a go today!

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 really do the trick. You can also add a few sprigs of mint to add extra glamor. To make this icy summer drink look its best, pour it into a martini or coupé glass for Insta-appeal. If you’re hosting a large group and don’t have matching glasses, a few cute little tumblers will look fabulous too.

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 50-60 oz, so multiply our recipe by ten to serve 10-12 guests. Make ahead and serve in your favorite jugs and pitchers, then chill in the refrigerator for an effortless spread. For a retro vibe, you can serve the mix in a punchbowl or scooped out watermelon halves with plenty of ice. Put out a jar filled with colorful paper straws for extra festive feels and let everyone serve themselves.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How often do you buy a hunk of a watermelon and only get halfway through? Save the leftovers and make watermelon juice instead! Chop your remaining watermelon into cubes, ditching the seeds as you go, and blitz it in the blender. If you’re not making a Daiquiri like our recipe above, push the watermelon puree through a sieve to remove the thick pulp for tasty and smooth watermelon juice. Drink immediately as a refreshing breakfast juice or pour into ice cube trays and freeze to use in future Daiquiris.

Watermelon, like most fruit, benefits from pairings with fresh lime juice as it adds an extra zing to cut through the sweetness and makes things all the better. Watermelon and berries, such as strawberry, are also a classic combination, or choose coconut, mango or pineapple to up the island vibes.

For a delightful spin on a classic gin and tonic, follow our Watermelon Gin Cocktail recipe above and top up your drink with 2-3 oz of tonic water for a longer sipping version. Serve in a high ball or Tom Collins glass with ice and a wedge of lime.