Watermelon Basil Cocktail

18 Jul

I’ve been spending this weekend with my lovely Aunt Olivia, whom I credit with much of the whimsical attitude with which I approach food and drink.  As a kid, we dyed mashed potatoes purple and formed mountains from them, using broccoli trees to form an intricate landscape.  Once we made an anatomically correct man out of meatloaf (he sported long spaghetti hair).  It should then come as no surprise to you that we created a pretty artful cocktail this weekend.

I had just come into possession of interesting cocktail glasses.  The glasses come in two parts- a round bowl with a cone-shaped glass nestled into it.  We figured the best way to use these glasses is to fill the round bowl with ice to keep the cocktail in the cone-shaped glass cold.  I made a nice watermelon basil cocktail and Olivia suggested we dye the ice in the bowl to make the cocktails look much like an actual watermelon.  This is a tasty drink with a lovely presentation.  Thanks, Aunt Olivia!  It was lovely to have you.

photo by Shawn Poynter

Watermelon Basil Cocktail

  • 1 cup cubed watermelon
  • 5 leaves basil
  • 1.5 oz gin
  • .5 oz fresh lime
  • splash of ginger ale

Muddle watermelon, basil and gin in a cocktail shaker.  Add ice and lime and shake well.  Strain into cocktail glass and add splash of ginger ale. Add to glass of ice mixed with 1 tablespoon water and 3-5 drops of green food coloring, if desired.

Photo by Shawn Poynter

Photo by Shawn Poynter

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2 Responses to “Watermelon Basil Cocktail”

  1. cassie July 18, 2011 at 3:11 am #



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