Gin and Tonic with Fresh Watermelon

Today’s watermelon and gin cocktail is a riff on the classic Gin and Tonic. But it has refreshing watermelon added to the mix. A perfect drink to sip on while lounging on a lawn chair.

Did you know that there are more classic cocktails made with gin than with any other spirit? Here’s a bunch of them that you may have heard of: Negroni, Ramos Gin Fizz, Martinez, Gin Rickey, Red Snapper, Tom Collins, White Lady, Hanky Panky, Clover Club, Alexander, French 75, Gimlet, Vesper, Singapore Sling, Silver Bronx, Pegu Club, Bee’s Knees, Southside* and of course, the queen of them all, the Gin and Tonic.

But until very recently I very much hated this popular spirit.

I realized it when I found myself pouring a full glass of gin and orange juice down my in-laws bathroom sink. My in-laws’ pre-dinner drink of choice had always been a G&T. I tasted their drinks several times but never wanted one of my own. I’d take one sip and my tongue would curl back into my throat. So bitter!

One day my mother-in-law suggested that I try gin with orange juice instead of tonic. Maybe it’s the tonic I don’t like. She poured me a big glass full of the stuff. I took one sip, felt my tongue puckering backwards and then quietly made my way to the bathroom to spill the drink down the sink without anyone noticing. Gin and tonic with fresh watermelon

And then I snuck back into the kitchen and filled my glass with orange juice. I slurped that orange juice up so fast it made them think that I really loved gin when in actuality I was just anxious to move onto my preferred cold white wine.

But then a strange thing happened. A year or so ago when my in-laws were visiting, I offered them a G&T before dinner. My mother-in-law asked if I still disliked them. I said I think so but I haven’t tried one a long time. She offered me a sip.

Mmmmmmmmmmm.

I guess what I’ve been telling my kids over and over really is true: Your taste buds change as you get older and you should try things often to see if you’ve grown to like them. Gin and tonic with fresh watermelon

This Watermelon Gin and Tonic Cocktail is so refreshing on hot summer days. Puree the watermelon ahead of time and put it in the fridge. When you want to make a drink, put some gin, tonic and ice in a glass and then top it with your watermelon juice. Pick it up and carry it to your lawn chair.

Ahhhhhh.

Gin and tonic with fresh watermelon

 

For a fun riff on the classic G&T, be sure to check out this one with rosemary for Christmas

A Gin and Tonic Recipe for Christmas by @cookthestory

And now, here’s my Watermelon Gin and Tonic Recipe:

Gin and tonic with fresh watermelon

This Watermelon Gin and Tonic is a summery riff on the classic G&T with fresh watermelon added to the mix. A perfect drink to sip on while lounging on a lawn chair.

Ingredients:

  • 3 pound watermelon, about 1/4 of a medium sized watermelon,
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 oz gin
  • 2 oz tonic, cold

Directions:

  1. Remove the rind from the watermelon and discard. Puree the pink flesh. Strain it through a fine mesh sieve to remove pulp, being sure to capture all the juice that drips through. Discard the pulp. You should have about 2 cups of watermelon juice.
  2. To the watermelon juice add the lime juice and lemon juice. Taste. You want a bit of sour to come through. If necessary add another tablespoon of lemon juice. Chill the juice.
  3. The watermelon citrus juice is enough to make five drinks. For each drink pour 1 ounce gin, 2 ounce tonic and 3 ounces of the watermelon citrus juice into a tall glass. Add a few ice cubes. Sip!

*The interesting gin fact at the top of this post is from The Food Republic. Click here to read more interesting facts about gin.

13 Responses to “Gin and Tonic with Fresh Watermelon”

  1. Karen - 2Teaspoons — July 26, 2014 @ 1:51 pm (#)

    Watermelon in a gin and tonic! That sounds super summery and super yummy :-)

    I’m planning a lake house vacation for mid-August and am totally adding these to the menu. They’ll be perfect for relaxing on the deck. I can taste them already :-) Thanks for sharing! :-)

  2. Karen - 2Teaspoons — July 26, 2014 @ 1:50 pm (#)

    Watermelon in a gin and tonic! That sounds super summery and super yummy :-)

    I’m planning a lake house vacation for mid-August and am totally adding these to the menu. They’ll be perfect for relaxing on the deck. I can taste them already :-) Thanks for sharing! :-)

  3. Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens — July 25, 2014 @ 9:23 am (#)

    Christine, you are a genius! It’s Friday, and I am really, really looking forward to a little chillax time with my hubby tonight. This gorgeous gin & tonic is exactly what I now plan to drink as we sit around our backyard fire pit, listening to the fountain in the pond, the bull frogs, the kiddos happily yelling as they play tag and kick the can … ahhhhhhh … that’s the description of an idyllic summer evening! So ridiculously excited to make these tonight – thank you, my friend! :D Pinning too, of course!

    • Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens — August 19, 2014 @ 9:18 am (#)

      Just wanted to pop back and tell you what a wonderful hit these were! I truly did make them that very night, and they were so deliciously refreshing! Thanks again for the inspiration! :D

  4. Katerina — July 25, 2014 @ 4:29 am (#)

    Summery and refreshing! What more can I ask?

  5. Susan — July 24, 2014 @ 3:10 pm (#)

    I’m with you, I used to dislike gin too and then last year after a company offered to send me a bottle I decided to give it a go again. Guess what? Now I’m a fan! This is such a lovely drink.

  6. Carly — July 24, 2014 @ 11:22 am (#)

    Two of my favourite summer things – watermelon and G&Ts! Can’t wait to try this!

    • Christine Pittman — August 1, 2014 @ 12:56 pm (#)

      Thanks Carly! And I was delighted to see (on Facebook) that you tried it and liked it. Made my day. Thank you!!

  7. Phyllis — July 24, 2014 @ 9:48 am (#)

    Sounds delicious. Yesterday I made some of your watermelon Popsicles I wonder how the g&t would be if I just plop one of those in.

    • Christine Pittman — August 1, 2014 @ 12:57 pm (#)

      Mom, that sounds brilliant!

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