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I’ve always been a sucker for watermelon. I like the artificial flavor but fresh is best. It takes a little work to juice a watermelon but it’s so worth it. Summer isn’t official in my book until I am sipping on some watermelon cocktails. The juice is complementary with so many spirits. It can be hard to choose. Here are four watermelon cocktails featuring tequila, mezcal, rum, and gin. And a quick how-to on juicing a watermelon.

How to juice a watermelon

For the recipes I am going to share, you need to have some watermelon juice. You can buy it if you want, especially if you want to make these drinks out of season, but fresh juice is more affordable. There are three basic steps to making watermelon juice.

  1. Cut off the rind and chop into good sized chunks. Make sure not to leave too much of the white barrier as it will make the juice bitter.
  2. Blend the watermelon chunks in a blender until smooth.
  3. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh, metal strainer. This removes the fibrous pulp and leaves a smooth juice ready to be mixed into a cocktail.

Watermelon Gimlet

We’ll start off with a really easy and refreshing cocktail. I was honestly just wanting to make something with gin and this worked out so well. A gimlet is already great, but adding watermelon takes it to an even more delicious place. If you like a little lime pulp, just single strain and serve.

Watermelon Gimlet

Keyword: gimlet, gin, watermelon

Ingredients

  • 2 oz gin
  • 2 oz watermelon juice
  • 0.75 oz lime juice
  • 0.5 oz agave

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice.
  • Shake and double strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Watermelon Basil Mojito

As some of you might know, I’ve been working on a cocktail herb garden this summer. With that comes a desire to use more fresh herbs in my drinks as the herbs grow big enough to harvest. So far, my basil and sage have been the strongest plants, so I have been experimenting with them. This take on a mojito, which swaps out the mint for basil. Depending on your rum preference, you can take this in different directions flavor-wise. I used a slightly funky rum, but I think it would work even better with something basic like Flor de Caña. (Also, if you are in need of some help stocking your home bar, I have a post for that.)

Watermelon Basil Mojito

Keyword: basil, mojito, rum, watermelon

Ingredients

  • 2 oz rum
  • 2 oz watermelon juice
  • 4 leaves fresh basil
  • 2 oz tonic water

Instructions

  • Add rum, watermelon juice, and basil to a shaker. Muddle the basil well.
  • Add ice to the shaker and shake well.
  • Strain into a highball glass with ice and add tonic water. Pouring down a spiral-handled bar spoon works well to distribute the bubbles throughout the drink.
  • Garnish with a fresh basil leaf. You can clap it between your hands to release more aromas.

Summer Margarita

There are so many great flavors of summer, it can be hard to pare them down. However, this drink lets you add in a few big flavors that result in an enjoyable summer sip. With a hint of fire from the ginger syrup, you’ll find a balanced profile in this refreshing twist on a classic margarita.

Summer Margarita

Keyword: ginger syrup, pineapple, watermelon

Ingredients

  • 2 oz tequila blanco
  • 2 oz watermelon juice
  • 1 oz grilled pineapple syrup
  • 1 oz ginger syrup

Instructions

  • Add ingredients to a shaker with ice.
  • Shake well and strain into a glass with ice.

Notes

Recipe for the grilled pineapple syrup can be found here.

Ginger Syrup

Keyword: cocktail syrup, ginger syrup
Author: Death & Co.

Ingredients

  • 0.5 pound ginger root
  • 170 grams raw sugar
  • 170 grams white sugar

Instructions

  • Juice ginger root (a juicer works best).
  • Strain juice through a metal mesh strainer.
  • Blend juice with sugars until smooth. Store refrigerated for 4-6 weeks.

Watermelon Mezcal Margarita

Don’t worry, I wouldn’t leave out the chance for a mezcal cocktail. If mezcal on its own seems too smoky for your tastebuds, feel free to use a split with tequila. (If you’re new to making your own cocktails, check out this post for more on splits and creating your own drinks.) I love the sweet and smoky flavor this drink provides. It’s really the best way to showcase both flavor profiles as they are strong enough to stand up to one another.

Watermelon Mezcal Margarita

Keyword: margarita, mezcal, watermelon

Ingredients

  • 2 oz mezcal
  • 2 oz watermelon juice
  • 0.75 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup (or jalapeño basil simple syrup if you like some kick)

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice.
  • Shake well and double strain over a block of ice, or cubes.

Notes

And there you have it, four easy watermelon cocktails you can make right now. I’d love to hear what you make. Cheers!

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