A Refreshing Watermelon Cucumber Gin and Tonic

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This refreshing Watermelon Cucumber Gin and Tonic is the stuff summer cocktail dreams are made of! Fresh Watermelon pureed then put in a pitcher with lime juice, gin, sliced cucumber, mint and tonic water for that fizzy touch – the perfect light sip.

Looking for more watermelon recipes? Try my Watermelon Vodka Cocktail and my Watermelon Feta Bruschetta.

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Watermelon Cucumber Gin and Tonic

You guys have been after me for a while now to make a gin cocktail, or at least that’s what you’ve vocalized the most on my Instagram Stories!

So far this summer, one of my favorite cocktails to drink has been this Grapefruit Salty Dog, I just sub the vodka for gin. It’s absolutely amazing. 

Today I thought I’d transition one of the most popular cocktails on my site to a gin cocktail and let me tell you… you’re going to love it! It’s light, refreshing and so stinking smooth!

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What is a gin and tonic?

A gin and tonic is a cocktail made with gin (alcohol) and tonic water. Usually it’s served in a highball glass over a large amount of ice with a twist of lime. The ratio of gin to tonic varies according to what you like, the strength of the gin, and if you add other juices or drink mixers to the cocktail.  However, in most circumstances the ratio is a 1:1 to 1:3 ratio.

What is the best gin for gin and tonic?

  • Tanqueray – One of the more well known gins, this London dry aged gin doesn’t hint you in the face with floral aromatics.
  • Hendricks – I used this gin because I love the flavor, it’s a little more complex and very aromatic. Goes great with cucumber too.
  • Old Grove – A very aromatic gin. Rich with notes of coriander, cinnamon, and warm spice, this gin is ged in charred oak barrels for enhanced flavor. 
  • Fords – The London-distilled gin is ideal for spring and summer, with delicate notes of grapefruit and jasmine.
  • Plymouth – Similar to the Old Grove, this gin has less juniper taste and more coriander and cinnamon. It has a nice finish as well.

how to make a watermelon gin cocktail

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What is the best tonic water to use?

In my opinion Fever Tree is one of the best tonic waters out there. They are specifically made for mixed drinks and add the perfect amount of bitterness to a drink. Q Drinks is another good one if you can’t find Fever Tree.

How to garnish a classic gin and tonic?

Gin and Tonic is probably one of the simplest drinks to make – it’s just two ingredients gin and tonic. But one of the funnest and easiest ways to accentuate the aromatic gin in the drink is to add garnishes. Juniper Berries specifically bring out the natural flavor of the gin because gin is made from juniper berries. Here are some other ways to garnish:

  • Juniper Berries
  • Black Peppercorns
  • Lime Wedges
  • Blood Oranges Slices
  • Mint Sprigs

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How to make watermelon juice?

Watermelon juice is way easier to make then you’d think. You literally just put chilled watermelon cubes (seedless preferred) in a blender and blend until there are no more chucks and the mixture is smooth, like juice (wink). Pour watermelon mixture through a strainer (I also add a coffee filter) to catch as much of the foam as possible and leave you with a smoother watermelon juice. 

How to make a Watermelon Cucumber Gin and Tonic?

  1. Make Watermelon Juice: To a blender add cubed watermelon. Process until smooth and there are no more chunks. Strain watermelon through a sieve or a fine strainer into a pitcher; discard solids.
  2. Mix Cocktail in Pitcher: Pour watermelon juice into a large pitcher. Add Gin, lime juice, agave and mint. Stir.
  3. Serve: Serve cocktail over ice. Garnish with cucumber slices and lime slices and top with tonic water.

Other Refreshing Cocktails you’ll enjoy this Summer:

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Watermelon Cucumber Gin Cocktail

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 10 minutes
  • yield Yield: 6-8 cups 1x
  • category Category: Cocktail
  • method Method: Mix
  • cuisine Cuisine: American

Description

This refreshing Watermelon Cucumber Gin and Tonic is the stuff summer cocktail dreams are made of! Fresh Watermelon pureed then put in a pitcher with lime juice, gin, sliced cucumber, mint and tonic water for that fizzy touch – the perfect light sip.

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Ingredients

  • 8 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 4 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup gin
  • 1 cup thinly sliced cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 1 cup of tonic water (optional)

Instructions

  1. To a blender add watermelon. Process until smooth and there are no more chunks.
  2. Strain watermelon through a sieve or a fine strainer into a pitcher; discard solids.
  3. Pour mixture into a large pitcher. Add Gin, lime juice, agave and mint. Stir.
  4. Serve over ice. Garnish with cucumber slices and lime slices. Top with tonic water.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 8 oz
  • Calories: 172
  • Sugar: 20 g
  • Sodium: 2 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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