When I think of summer, there are a few things that come to mind no matter where I am or what the weather is like. One of those things is watermelon! When I was little, my dad and I would choose one day every summer and we would eat an entire watermelon, just the two of us. We would wear our bathing suits and when we were done, we would run through the sprinklers and squirt each other with the hose to clean the juice off our hands, arms, face, legs, and pretty much everywhere else it ended up. ha!
Now that I’m older, we’re not always able to hold that tradition up, but I make sure I have watermelon at least once every summer as an ode to our watermelon feasting days. This year, that day came and brought with it a super delicious cocktail. SO MUCH YUM!
I know I say this with a lot of things, but this cocktail may actually be one of my absolute favorites that I’ve shared! The flavors work so well together and feel like a burst of summer when you take a sip. It also works well as a mocktail, so if you have little ones this may be a fun option for them!
- 4.5 oz. Watermelon Juice
- 1.5 oz. Gin
- 3 oz. Ginger Ale
- 2 tsp. Simple Syrup
- Squeeze of Lime
- Fresh Mint
- Fresh Basil
- Place watermelon in a blender or juicer and pulse until smooth.
- Add 2 tsp. simple syrup to a glass with a few mint and basil leaves - lightly muddle the leaves.
- Strain blended watermelon into glass.
- Add gin and gently stir.
- Top with ginger ale, a squeeze of lime juice, and ice.
- Garnish with basil and mint leaves and enjoy!