A reinterpretation of the familiar gin and tonic, this cocktail includes fresh watermelon and cucumber juices for a refreshing taste.
6 cups cubed seeded watermelon, divided
1/4 cup mint leaves, divided
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, divided
1 English cucumber, peeled, sliced, and divided (about 3 cups)
2 1/2 cups tonic water, chilled
1 1/4 cups gin
How to Make It
Combine half each of watermelon, mint, juice, and cucumber in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Line a fine sieve with 4 layers of cheesecloth, allowing cheesecloth to extend over edges; strain watermelon mixture through prepared sieve over a bowl, reserving juice mixture. Gather the edges of the cheesecloth together. Holding cheesecloth over sieve, squeeze to release the remaining juice mixture. Discard solids. Repeat the procedure with the remaining watermelon, mint, juice, and cucumber.
Combine 2 1/2 cups juice mixture, tonic water, and gin, stirring well to combine. (Reserve any remaining juice mixture for another use.) Serve over ice.
Hendrick's, a small-batch Scottish gin that's infused with the flavor of cucumber and rose petals, is ideal for this recipe. For even better results, try premium tonic water, such as Fever-Tree or Q Tonic. Serve any remaining juice mixture (which you can make a day ahead) over ice for guests who prefer a nonalcoholic drink.
Fantastic! I scooped the watermelon out with an ice cream scoop instead of cubing it, and used lime juice (because I didn't have lemon juice.) I also did not have cheese cloth, so I used a series of sieves. First I put the blended mix into a fine sieve, then put the juice from that into a finer sieve. It worked great and was problably faster. I used quite a few bowls, pitchers, etc., but can probalby stream-line the effort next time. I will for sure make this again!
My husband and I loved this cocktail. We both had ours with vodka. Another friend had hers virgin and had several servings. You gotta love cukes in your beverages to love this drink. There were a few people who weren't keen on the taste. It is a very particular flavor, but I thought it was absolutely delicious. I may try to put extra mint in it if I make it again. The only downside is that it's very labor intensive.
I enjoyed this drink, even without the gin, and thought it was very refreshing. The other people I made it for, though, did not like it. I think they were expecting a sweeter drink, which this definitely is not. My husband said it tasted like drinking a salad.
Fresh, light and flavorful; I'll definitely make again. Served with appetizers at a small dinner party and even skeptics enjoyed! Definitely go for the Hendrick's gin - Trader Joe's carries it. Rather than using a blender and dividing, I dumped it all in a big bowl and used the stick blender, then strained in a fine nylon mesh bag.