Summer is here and how! Doesn’t matter which city you’re in right now, it is HOT! I just want to sit in an air conditioned room, with a book (or maybe watch Netflix) and a nice, cold drink. If that cold drink is spiked with a little boozy goodness, even better 🙂
When it comes to alcohol, nothing says summer to me more than Gin. It is refreshing, flavourful and works with so many things. A simple Gin & Tonic is my go-to, but it also works with most fruits and even of course, with cucumber and lime.
This watermelon cooler is super easy to make and a nice gin kick takes it to a whole new level 😍
If there is a gin cocktail on the menu, you can bet I’m going to try it. Some of them are meh, but some of them are simply outstanding. One of my goals for this year is to learn more about mixology and start making cocktails at home. My sangria is my current favourite to make, but this watermelon cooler might soon take top spot.
I use an Indian craft Gin, Greater Than, which is absolutely delicious. Pair it with watermelon, lemon, mint and some simple syrup. Et Voila! Happy hours indeed 🙂
Watermelons, this time of year, are juicy and sweet. It is a massive task of restraint to not keep eating the pieces or drinking the juice before making the cocktail. But stay strong, friend, it will be worth it!
I made this for some friends last night and it was over in a flash. Note to self : make a lot more next time. A Lot!
It’s the perfect thing to drink this summer! Go on, make a batch and thank me later ❤️
Watermelon & Gin Cooler
1 kg of cubed Watermelon (medium watermelon) – make sure the watermelon is cold
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
10-12 mint leaves + extra for garnish
360 ml Gin (I used Greater Than Gin)
- Slice the watermelon into cubes and puree
- Transfer to a large bowl, through a sieve. It is ok if some pulp is added to the juice as well
- Chop the mint leaves and add to the bowl. Chill the juice for about 15 minutes
- Heat water and sugar in a saucepan, till the sugar dissolves and water boils. Cool to room temperature. Add this simple syrup to the juice, along with the lemon juice, and let it chill for another 5 minutes
- Add 2-3 ice cubes per glass. Pour in 60ml of gin per glass
- To each glass, add 1/2- 3/4 cup of the watermelon juice mixture and stir. Add a couple of mint leaves for garnish. Cheers!