Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro
8 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

A reinterpretation of the familiar gin and tonic, this cocktail includes fresh watermelon and cucumber juices for a refreshing taste.

How to Make It

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Chef's Notes

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.

Ratings & Reviews

kapc21's Review

July 04, 2013
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!

michellefries's Review

July 15, 2011
A lot of work to make the juice. Crisp and refreshing flavor. Would make again as an option for a party.

eatitorwearit's Review

July 02, 2011

jhauenst's Review

June 03, 2011
One of my all-time favorite summer cocktail recipes. Cold, fresh, and refreshing. It's the perfect start to an outside barbeque or a pool party. It's become a summer tradition in our house.

minnesoootamom's Review

July 04, 2010
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.

Katelaine's Review

June 07, 2010
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.

DeborahL01's Review

August 16, 2009
Great summer drink. Did not have the cheesecloth so our drinks were stronger both in color and flavor. Liked it though. Only caution - watch how much mint you put in, it had a very strong flavor.

njski0906's Review

August 11, 2009
Who'd have thought this would get 5 stars. Very refreshing, definately a keeper.

cacaoqueen's Review

July 17, 2009
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.

wcsmom's Review

July 17, 2009
ooh, this is good! I needed a use for some slightly overripe cucumbers from my garden -- and watery slightly bitter cukes are perfectly fine in this recipe.