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watermelon cocktail with watermelon and basil garnish

Watermelon Gimlet

Picture of Heather Wibbels, Cocktail Contessa, pouring a cocktailHeather Wibbels
Sip your worries away with this easy summer gimlet variation. A touch of watermelon simple syrup and just a smidge of lavender bitters give this summer classic an interesting twist.
5 from 7 votes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Gin cocktail
Servings 1


  • 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.


**Watermelon simple syrup: See link above in recipe text.
Keyword chili lime, gin, lavender, watermelon
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