Watermelon, watermelon everywhere. One of our hands-down favorite summer fruits is making its way into vibrant, boozy concoctions everywhere we look. Here, eight watermelon cocktails just to get us started.
Where: Bar Toma, Chicago
What: Watermelon vodka, ginger beer, fresh lime juice.
How: The thirst-quenching twist on a Moscow Mule at this neighborhood pizzeria and bar, from James Beard Award-winning chef Tony Mantuano, is made with house-infused watermelon vodka. The cocktail "was inspired by simply enjoying one of summer’s wonderful natural treats: watermelon,” says beverage director Carmen Polcyn. Photo courtesy of Bar Toma.
Where: Bay Kitchen Bar, East Hampton
What: Cachaςa, fresh watermelon juice, cane syrup, fresh lime.
How: Flavored with the juicy fruit and loaded with the Brazilian spirit Cachaςa, this antidote to the summer heat is a house take on a traditional Caipirinha. But as beverage director and owner Adam Miller explains, “We use modern techniques like sous vide and homogenization of juices to bring classic cocktails to the next level.” Photo by Noah Fecks.
Where: Westbound, Los Angeles
What: Dry gin, fresh watermelon, grapefruit, lemon, lime, pink peppercorn, sea salt.
How: The downtown L.A. spot's seasonal cocktail—topped with candied peppercorn and stirred with dry gin, fresh-muddled watermelon and grapefruit, lemon and lime juices—is just what the doctor ordered. “La Remedia is Spanish for 'the remedy.' It cures whatever ails you,” says head bartender Dee Ann Quinones. We couldn't agree more. Photo by Dylan + Jeni.
Where: Hanjip, Culver City
What: Soju, Fruity Pebbles cereal, Pop Rocks candy.
How: Celebrity chef Chris Oh, of “The Great Food Truck Race” season 3 and Bravo’s Recipe for Deception, shines the spotlight on Soju, a Korean variation on vodka, with the '80s-inspired Watermelon Soju, playfully served in a half watermelon rind. Oh elaborates, “I created this drink because it reminds me of my childhood. It’s refreshing, and it’s both a beverage and something you can eat. Also, who doesn’t love Pop Rocks?” Photo courtesy of Hanjip.
Kick in the Daisy
Where: Cindy’s, Chicago
What: Reposado tequila, chile liqueur, Spanish liqueur, fresh watermelon juice, lime, sea salt.
How: This effervescent drink combines tequila with a fruity-citrusy Spanish liqueur. “It’s a watermelon margarita, with hints of marshmallow giving way to a lingering burn,” notes barman Nandini Khaund. Photo by Neil Burger.
Where: La Grange, Houston
What: Tequila blanco, orange Italian aperitif, lemon, agave.
How: This low-key bar serves up its Watermelon Fresca topped with spheres of fresh watermelon and, in a Mexican-inspired spin, mixed with tequila blanco and agave. The Italian aperitif Aperol rounds it all out. “I chose Aperol as a sidekick for the watermelon juice because it adds body and is a much lighter liqueur,” says the drink's creator Linda Salinas. Photo courtesy of La Grange/Facebook.
Cool as a Cucumber
Where: NoMa Social, New York
What: Cucumber vodka, watermelon cubes, lime, simple syrup.
How: The picnic fruit gets muddled with lime, spiked with cucumber vodka, bolstered with simple syrup, and adorned with a watermelon slice and a cucumber slice for “the ideal summer 2016 cocktail.” Photo courtesy of NoMa.
One in a Melon
Where: Cook and Shaker, Philadelphia
What: Juniperus gin, elderflower liqueur, agave, lime, watermelon, shiso leaves.
How: “Sometimes a cocktail comes along… that’s ‘one in a melon’” is how this Philadelphia gastropub is touting this drink. Even if the pun makes you cringe, this drink won't. The quintessential summer ingredient finds its ideal boozy mates in the gin and elderflower liqueur, and the shiso adds an unexpected and perfect flavor pop. Photo courtesy of Cook and Shaker/Facebook.
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