Watermelon Mint Gimlet

Are you on the hunt for the most perfect summer cocktail? One that's light, bright, fun, and loaded with fresh summer flavors? If so, then I'm happy to report that your quest is complete; this Watermelon Mint Gimlet is everything you've been looking for.

This is a drink that really screams summer. Watermelon is, of course, an iconic summer food. Lime brightens it up and really makes the watermelon shine. Mint brings in a little bit of herbaceousness, and seems so appropriate for summer given that it's currently overtaking our yard (and probably yours too?). It's all complemented by gin, which is complex, floral, and a bit citrusy.

The Gimlet is a classic, very simple gin cocktail that traditionally includes only three things: gin, lime juice, and simple syrup. It's often served in a martini glass or coupe, but can also be on the rocks. For this reason, I love its versatility. You'll see that the recipe below is written in two different ways; one for a smaller, stronger sipper (i.e. in a coupe, as shown here) and one for a larger, more juicy punch-like drink on the rocks. This is a summery riff on the gimlet, but stays true to the core concept of gin and lime.

This post is the first in a series of collaborative recipes with my neighbors at Wild Hart Distillery, which is only a few miles from my house. They make a lovely line of gin and other spirits, including a few really unique infused gins. I designed this drink with their American Dry Gin, which is a perfect pairing with these summery flavors.

Wild Hart's American Dry Gin is made from a blend of juniper, coriander, cranberry, and lemon peel. Accordingly, it has a very light, crisp flavor profile. I love that their gin is a bit on the citrusy side rather than really juniper-heavy; the juniper is certainly present, but it's gentle enough to let the other flavors shine as well. This is a gin I'll be sipping all summer long!

Another thing I love about this drink is how much fun you can have with the garnishes. All three of the primary flavors here make great garnishes, so mix and match or go all-out and do them all. As shown above, some melon balls on a cocktail pick are really fun and silly. A lime slice is certainly more traditional, and a sprig of mint is so fresh. In my opinion, if you're serving a bright pink drink, there's really no reason not to have fun garnishes!

If you really want to go over the top, I highly suggest serving this in a hollowed-out watermelon. If you can find baby watermelons, they make for a fun single-serving. Or do it in a big watermelon and go punch bowl style! That would be a blast for any sort of summer gathering (and while you're at it, you might as well make this Watermelon, Snap Pea, and Feta Salad, which is also in a watermelon). Just make sure to get some straws, otherwise you'll become a big, sticky, wet mess.

Everything about this cocktail is just plain fun. It's summery, bright pink, a bit whimsical, and super flexible with lots of serving options. It would be great for everything from summer deck parties to picnics to baby showers. It pairs beautifully with big, fresh summery salads like this Roasted Corn, Strawberry, and Avocado Salad or this Goat Cheese and Pistachio Stone Fruit Salad.

Cheers to warm weather, pink gin cocktails, local produce, and spending lots of time outside!

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Wild Hart Distillery. However, all opinions and thoughts are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep The Rogue Brussel Sprout running.

Looking for another gin cocktail that's citrusy and perfect for spring or summer? Then check out this Blackberry-Limoncello Gin Smash!

Thoughts About Ingredients
(These are just suggestions, since rogue is more fun than recipe)

Coupe Style
  • Few mint leaves
  • 2 oz gin. Wild Hart American Dry Gin, of course!
  • 2 oz watermelon juice
  • 0.5 oz lime juice
  • 0.5 oz simple syrup
  • Garnishes of choice. As shown above, melon balls, lime slices, and/or fresh mint are all fun.
Punch Style
  • Few mint leaves
  • 2 oz gin
  • 4 oz watermelon juice
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 0.5 oz simple syrup
  • Garnishes of choice and/or a hollowed watermelon. Note this works especially well if you freeze the watermelon first. It keeps your drink perfectly chilled with no dilution!
Thoughts About Method
(These are just suggestions, be creative and make it yours)
  1. Juice your watermelon. I like to blast the pink flesh in a blender and strain it through a fine sieve. If you have a juicer, that will work too.
  2. Put a few mint leaves in a cocktail shaker and muddle them gently so that they release their fragrant oils.
  3. Add some ice, then the gin, watermelon juice, lime juice, and simple syrup.
  4. Give it all a good shake.
  5. If you're going small and strong, strain into a coupe glass and garnish. If you're going large and punchy, strain into a tall glass over a few large ice cubes and garnish.


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