Watermelon Gin & Tonics


Due to the fact that watermelon season has officially began, this week’s gin and tonic is inspired by the flavors of a juicy watermelon coated in Tajin seasoning: it’s sweet, sour and has the lovliest level of spice.

This drink will be perfect for your next summer barbecue, it’s refreshing, bright and crisp.


It’s bright, minty, citrusy, sweet from the watermelon, a bit spicy from the sugar rim, I could go on and on and on about how lovely this thing is, and yes, this drink can easily be made a mocktail by skipping the dry gin, just substitute it with more seltzer or tonic water.


Ingredients

FOR THE COCKTAIL:

1 oz dry gin
for a non-alcoholic version, substitute the gin with 1 oz tonic water / seltzer
juice of 1/2 lime
4-6 mint leaves
1 handful cubed watermelon (100 grams)
or about 2 oz watermelon juice (if using store bought juice)
3 oz tonic water / seltzer
ice

FOR THE SUGAR RIM:

You will most likely have some leftover of this sugar mix, so if you are making this for a crowd, know that the sugar mix will be enough to coat 3-5 rims.

2 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
zest of 1/2 lime
1 lime wedge
1 teaspoon Tajin (it works without it as well)

Check out these great Cocktail Glasses perfect for this Cocktail

         

Instructions

Step 1
For the sugar mix, zest 1/2 lime and add it to a bowl, alongside the sugar, salt and chili flakes. Massage the zest using your fingers into the mix.

Step 2
Add the gin, watermelon cubes (or juice), mint leaves, lime juice to a jar or cocktail shaker. Crush all the ingredients together using a cocktail muddler.

Step 3
Shake the jar or cocktail shaker vigorously.

Step 4
Run a wedge of lime around the rim of your serving glass then dip the rim in the sugar mixture.

Step 5
Fill the glass with ice, strain the watermelon mixture in the glass and top it all of with tonic water (or seltzer).

Optional step, garnish with a couple slices of lime and 1 sprig of mint.

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