Melon Gin and Tonic


Melon Gin and Tonic //

Childhood summers are way different than adult summers. Duh. I didn’t have to tell you that.

When I was ten I went to summer camp up in Big Bear Lake, California and one of the activities was jet-skiing. Back then you could jet ski at ten! That was somehow legal! Wha?! I remember even as I was steering the jet ski, smacking hard waves, thinking in my lil’ brain how weird it was, how wrong it felt. Did I object? Of course not.

Also, a few of us girls used put each other in the dryer and turn it on. What were we thinking? I have no idea, but I remember going around and around in the dryer and thinking it was SOOO funny. What a weirdo.

Adult summers are way less cool, though last Friday at 10:30am I drank half of this cocktail. Living on the edge!

Melon Gin and Tonic //

This cocktail is refreshing with a capital R. It’s like the tastiest thing ever. And look how pretty! I’m obsessed with the pretty green color.

A few weeks ago while I was at my local wine shop, I came across this fancy-ass gin. St. George describes this particular bottle as tasting like “a meadow in bloom–herbaceous, fresh and elegant.” Umm…okay! Sure.

It went really well with this refreshing, sweet honeydew melon that was perfectly ripe.

Melon Gin and Tonic //

This drank is what you want to be drankin’ on a super hot, late-summer evening. Or day. However you roll!

Melon Gin and Tonic //

Melon Gin and Tonic



  • 4 cups chopped honeydew melon, from a 1 pound melon and melon balls for ganish
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Gin of choice, I used St. Geroge
  • Tonic of choice, I looove Fever Tree
  • Ice cubes


  • Melon balls on skewers


  • In the jar of a blender, add the honeydew melon, organic cane sugar and water. Blend until very smooth, about 1 minute. Place a sieve over a bowl. Pour the honeydew puree into the sieve and discard the pulp. Note: Now, I found that the mixture was still a little thick so I decided to strain it one more time. If you have a cheesecloth, you'll only need to strain it once (I didn't have one).
  • Add a few ice cubes to each of the four glasses. Pour in three fluid ounces of honeydew juice to each glass; top with one to two fluid ounces of gin (this will depend on taste) and add a splash of tonic. Garnish the drink with a skewer of melon balls.
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    Reply little t August 8, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Woah, I am afraid to get on a jet ski now, at 27.

    This sounds so good. I heart gin.

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    Reply Belinda @themoonblushbaker August 8, 2013 at 2:31 am

    The melon sticks are so creative! and adds to the cuteness (if you could ever call a gin and tonic cute). I am 21 and only getting out of my adventurer stage… even things I done two months back I go WHAT? I did that?!

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    Reply Jamie @lifelovelemons August 8, 2013 at 5:42 am

    How pretty! Love this green color!

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    Reply Cookin Canuck August 8, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Some of your summer camp memories sound similar to mine. What were we thinking?! I’m not a big fan of traditional gin and tonics, but this melon version is definitely something I can get behind!

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    Reply Kelsey @aslolife August 8, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Gin and tonics are my perfect summer drink–Fever Tree tonic far is my obsession too! They don’t have it here, but I can’t wait till I get to Whole Foods or World Market and can stock up.

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    Reply niki August 8, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Ahhh! St. George’s is my favorite favorite gin. I use the “Terrior” type of gin, it tastes like honeysuckle! Impossible to drink other gins after this one. Can’t wait to try it with some melon!

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme August 8, 2013 at 9:16 am


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      Reply St. George Spirits August 8, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Wow, thank you! Our Terroir Gin is truly a one-of-a-kind spirit—and it makes us so happy to hear you love it so much!

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    Reply cindy August 8, 2013 at 6:40 am

    we’re gin-drink twinsies today! and, I totally have a thing for melon balls, that’s like a polka-dot garnish! Also, love those glasses! I want me summa that gin…sounds amazing! At summer camp, I used to unscrew all the shower heads, load them with Cherry Kool-Aid and screw them back on…deviant!

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    Reply Steve August 8, 2013 at 7:13 am

    That looks fabulous! I just made my second batch of tonic water, and I want to try it with this. I like Fever Tree too, but making it is easy, once you source the cinchona bark, and it’s cheap too. I’ve doubled the cinchona bark measure to give a snappier tonic, and I’ve dialed the sweetness back.

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    Reply autumn August 8, 2013 at 7:41 am

    The description of the fancy ass gin totally made me laugh… and want to drink it. Love these flavors together!

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    Reply Trisha August 8, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Looks so delicious – cool idea! Thanks for sharing! x

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    Reply Michelle @ Fed Up and Drunk August 8, 2013 at 8:23 am

    This is the ideal summer drink! Love the fancy label on the gin bottle.

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    Reply Maggie August 8, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Ah. I’ve been off your blog for a couple months, left my california roots for a big girl job in the South. This was the perfect welcome back for me haha. Thanks Adriana!

    We were all weird kids.

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    Reply St. George Spirits August 8, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Thanks for featuring our “fancy-ass gin” in this recipe! We make three very different expressions of gin (Terroir and Dry Rye Gin are the other two), but agree that Botanivore is the perfect choice for a G&T. Cheers!

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme August 8, 2013 at 9:16 am

      HA! This is awesome that you commented. The terroir and dry rye gin are going to be my next purchases. Your gin is so awesome. Thanks!

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        Reply St. George Spirits August 8, 2013 at 9:28 am

        What’s really awesome is that YOU experimented and made something new (and totally delicious-looking) with Botanivore. It makes us really happy when people find their own ways to enjoy our spirits! We hope you will also love our Terroir Gin and Dry Rye Gin and that you’ll let us know what you end up making with them, too.

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    Reply mimi August 8, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Thank you for not putting thyme in the cocktail. It’s absolutely perfect!

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme August 8, 2013 at 9:26 am

      HAHA! What’s wrong with thyme?

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        Reply mimi August 8, 2013 at 9:27 am

        I’m sick of seeing it in cocktails. That’s all! I love cooking with it…..

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    Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 8, 2013 at 9:28 am

    You put people in the dryer?! Hahaha omg I can’t even, so funny, and slightly disturbing at the same time.

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    Reply Ali @ Inspiralized August 8, 2013 at 9:42 am

    How did you get the melons to be in those cute little balls on the toothpicks? Love this! Whoever said gin makes you angry clearly lied… because this post is all sorts of cute. Luhhhv it.

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    Reply Stella August 8, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I love St. George Gin! We live close to the distillery and own almost everything they make. I’m so happy to see more people try it out and enjoy it.

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    Reply Eileen August 8, 2013 at 11:16 am

    This sounds like the most refreshing gin & tonic in the land! My melon-loving father-in-law would be all over one of these. 🙂

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    Reply Kaelyn August 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    This looks lovely … I’m a big fan of rosemary in my g&t’s but am definitely going to try this while I still have some summer left!! Thanks for sharing it!

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    Reply joelle (on a pink typewriter) August 8, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    There’s something about melon balls that just seem really fun and extra fancy.

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    Reply Tasha@Tashasdish August 8, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    I love gin and tonics, they are my favorite cocktail! I can’t wait to make this for my girlfriends and enjoy!

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    Reply Claire August 9, 2013 at 12:24 am

    I worked at Big Bear Y camp. I’m from England. I love the little connections that pop up every now and then that remind you of the smallness of things! (And then you remember how long it takes to get from Big Bear to the beach and actually, things are still pretty huge!) Thanks for the reminder of the best summers of my life 🙂

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme August 9, 2013 at 9:04 am

      That’s incredible! I used to go to the Big Bear Tennis Camp every year for like 5 years. It was the best!

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    Reply Alexis August 9, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I’m not a tonic fan, but I like melon and gin, so I took a leap of faith. The result was yummsville, population 1. What a great way to celebrate Friday afternoon!

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    Reply Sophie August 10, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Oh my goodness, the dryer? That is hilarious/scary. When I was a kid we were allowed to ride the ATVs as soon as we hit first grade. Likewise, how was that ok/safe?

    This looks so Refreshing and I love that St George commented!! Gin is my summer jam, to the max. I usually drink it plain with ice but this looks wayyyy too good to pass up. Love your creativity. Also love that your state sells wine and liquor in the same store. No fair! One-stop shopping…

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    Reply Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper August 11, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Haha, I always wanted to take a ride in a dryer 🙂 This drink sounds delicious!

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    Reply Ruti August 16, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Great recopies! Just two questions, when do you add the chocolate in your cherry chocolate ice cream? Could I do it with milk rather than cream and cut the fat and still have a great desert?

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme August 16, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Hi there, the directions for the chocolate should be added by now (we just made the change). You can try subbing in milk, it should work. It’ll definitely result in an icier ice cream and less creamy, so beware! 🙂

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    Reply Lu March 22, 2014 at 1:59 am

    You could have dry gin in the dryer. I love gin so much I bought the domain name ‘ILoveGin’. If you are interested in having it then please visit

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    Reply Liberty August 19, 2014 at 8:33 am

    That’s a skillful answer to a dicfifult question

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    Reply Fudgelady December 24, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I can’t wait until summer to make this my fave cocktail! Pims strawberry cocktails are sooo last year compared to this- it was the colour that attracted me to the recipe and as for the ingredients, well…perfection at last ! Thanks for this!

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