Watermelon is tasty, healthy and, being 92% parts water – hydrating. With these benefits it’s a natural choice to include in a cocktail, and is particularly enjoyable as part of a watermelon gin cocktail.
Whether its using watermelon gin as a base or combining blended watermelon with normal gin we have all the angles covered. Here are our 5 favourite refreshing, thirst-quenching watermelon gin cocktails.
Watermelon and Strawberry Crush Cocktail
- 50ml Two Birds Watermelon Gin
- 10ml simple sugar syrup
- Watermelon balls
- Mint sprig
- Crushed ice
- Muddle 5-6 strawberries in a mixer glass.
- Add 50ml watermelon gin with 10ml simple sugar syrup and some ice.
Shake for 30 seconds.
- Strain into a mason jar with crushed ice and top up with lemonade.
- Garnish with half-cut strawberries, melon balls and a mint sprig.
Image from Two Birds Gin.
Verano Watermelon & Lemonade Crush
- 200ml Verano Watermelon Gin
- 800ml lemonade
- Raspberry for garnish
- Mint sprigs
- Watermelon slices
- Add the gin and the lemonade into a jug and mix together.
- Add garnish with raspberry, mint & slices of watermelon.
- Only add ice before serving the jug so that it doesn’t melt and dilute the solution.
Recipe and image via Verano Gin.
Watermelon Gin Punch
- 500ml gin
- One-half small round seedless watermelon, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 125ml fresh lemon juice, strained
- 125ml simple syrup
- 8 sprigs fresh mint; more for garnish
- Purée the watermelon in a blender or food processor and press the purée through a strainer. You’ll need about 4 cups of juice.
- Put the lemon juice, simple syrup, and mint in a 3-quart serving pitcher or a punch bowl and mash the mint thoroughly with a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon.
- Add about 4 cups of ice, the gin, and the watermelon juice and stir.
- Serve in glasses over ice. Garnish with mint sprigs.
Watermelon Gin Fizz
- 80ml watermelon juice
- 50ml gin
- 15ml lime juice
- 50ml ginger ale
Chop pieces of watermelon and put them through a blender to liquify. Strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove any seeds.
Add watermelon juice, gin, and lime juice to an ice filled glass. Top with ginger ale.
Garnish with fresh mint or basil.
Watermelon Gin Margarita
- 50ml gin
- 30ml watermelon juice
- 20ml lime juice
- Mint sprigs
- Watermelon wedges
- To make the salt-rimmed glasses, begin by running a lime slice around the top rim of a glass. Fill a shallow bowl with salt, and dip the rim in the salt until it is covered with your desired amount of salt.
- Blend chopped watermelon and strain to make the watermelon juice.
- Add the gin, watermelon juice and lime juice to a cocktail shaker, and shake well.
- Fill a glass with ice and pour in the margarita mixture over the rocks. Serve, garnished with mint sprigs and an extra lime wheel or watermelon wedge if desired.
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