We are in full swing summer over here in Texas and I am craving all the watermelon things! Watermelon is one of my favorite summertime treats.
It’s just such a mess with kiddos. Haha! So I definitely always make them eat it outside on their little picnic table so my floor isn’t covered in watermelon juice and gets all sticky.
I had recently bought a new watermelon and while cutting it thought to make a watermelon syrup so I could make some cocktails. You can find the recipe for the watermelon syrup here and it has the prefect amount of sweetness and saltiness to bring out that delicious watermelon flavor.
Who knew that adding a little bit of salt would bring out the watermelon flavor that much more!?
So then I had this salted watermelon syrup in the fridge that I needed to use. Let’s make a salted watermelon gintini!
I’ve been on a big gin kick lately since my Aunt told me that’s her drink of choice. I always thought gin was too dry for me but then I also realized that I might not have given it a fair chance. And I could have also just not been drinking the right brand of gin.
Seriously good gin – or any liquor for that matter – makes all the difference.
To make this delicious pink cocktail – grab a cocktail shaker and that delicious watermelon syrup you made.
If you’re feeling fancy, place your martini glass in the freezer for a minute to chill. Alternatively, fill the martini glass with ice to chill while making the cocktail.
Add gin, lime juice, watermelon syrup, and a couple of dashed of orange bitters to the shaker. Fill 2/3 full of ice, cover and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
Dump the ice out of the martini glass then strain the cocktail into the chilled glass. Garnish with a mint leaf or watermelon slice, if desired.
This cocktail would also be great made into a batch for a party. Just add all the ingredients into a pitcher and stir to combine then chill glasses and pour when needed.
Salted Watermelon Gintini
- 2 oz gin
- 1/2 oz lime juice
- 3/4 oz salted watermelon syrup
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- In a cocktail shaker, add all ingredients and fill shaker 1/2 way with ice. Cover and shake vigorously for 30 seconds to chill and combine drink.
- Strain into martini glass and garnish with mint leaf, if desired.