This Watermelon Gimlet will cure what ails you. Even on a hot summer afternoon, there’s not much more satisfying that a cold gimlet, chilled to perfection with just the right balance of sweet and sour. Here, I’ve made a simple gimlet even more summer with the addition of watermelon simple syrup and a touch of lavender bitters.
I never think I have any gin until I go looking for it and find lonely gin bottles from the early days of different whiskey distilleries in among the bottles of whiskey. They stand there like the lost introverts at a party – trying to participate but being left on the sidelines.
I still had a small bit of watermelon syrup in the fridge that needed to be used up, and a lovely floral gin gimlet was just what the doctor ordered this afternoon. Gimlets were a simple solution, just gin, lime and simple to put together a gorgeous cocktail with a fresh watermelon and basil garnish.
The basil came about because I was thinking of those tasty watermelon/basil/feta salads I see on restaurant menus this time of year, and the aromatic basil tucked just behind the watermelon garnish gave me a hint of basil’s savory notes with each sip of the cocktail.
I did add just a bit of Scrappy’s Lavender bitters to tone down the sweetness, and added a smidge of hibiscus syrup to dial up the pink color a smidge. If you don’t have hibiscus, a dash of quality grenadine will give the same effect.
If you’d like to see more gin recipes, I just put a champagne/gin cocktail up last week here for Strawberry Gin Bubbles or you can take a peek at another watermelon cocktail with the Meloncholy Watermelon Sour.
- 2 oz Castle and Key gin
- ¾ oz lime juice
- ¾ oz scant watermelon simple syrup**
- 1 barspoon hibiscus simple syrup for color (or homemade grenadine)
- 6 drops Scrappy’s lavender bitters
- Garnish: thin slice of watermelon and a basil leaf
- Combine gin, lime juice, simples and bitters in a shaking tin.
- Add ice and shake for 10-12 seconds or until the shaker is so cold it’s painful.
- Double strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a watermelon slice and a fresh basil leaf.
3 thoughts on “Watermelon Gimlet”
Love this watermelon gimlet! So refreshing and perfect for summer
I substituted strawberry simple syrup for the hibiscus simple syrup and OMG loved the flavour. Watermelon came through but the strawberry made the finish POP! Thanks for the inspiration.
Fabulous substitution, and I have a little strawberry simple syrup left so I can try your idea. I love it!