Watermelon Gin and Tonic


I made weekend plans for you. Are you ready? Trust me…this is good.  Life is about to feel really rich and awesome.

Here it is:

1. Go in your closet. Grab that dress…you know…the one that makes you feel pretty. Make sure it’s not too short.

2. Text the person you have a crush on. Scared? I know I know…but seriously, just jump.

3. Set a date. A picnic date in a grassy, meadow-type place. (See note about dress that’s not too short.)

4.  Make a salad. Buy a salad. Do what’s easy. Don’t forget forks.

5. Put on some mascara. Everyone looks better with mascara.

5. Then spend 5 minutes making this watermelon syrup.

6. Stick the tonic, gin and watermelon in the fridge so it gets super cold. There’s no place for ice on a picnic.

7. Arrive on time. Bring a blanket. Shyly say hi. Take a seat on the grass.

8. Make two drinks. Start sipping.

9. Talk. And talk. And talk some more.

10. And then when talking is no good…just stare. Then, tell your person that their face is so cute it makes you want to punch it. They’ll like this, trust me.



Watermelon Gin and Tonic
Watermelon Syrup:
4 oz. watermelon, cubed
1/2 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
Gin & Tonic:
3 tablespoons watermelon syrup
3 ounces of gin
4 ounces of tonic
Watermelon balls for garnish
Lime for garnish
In a blender, add the watermelon and sugar and pulse until smooth.  Line a sieve with cheesecloth and strain watermelon mixture.  (Note: If you don’t have cheesecloth, I’d recommend running it through the sieve twice. Should work close to the same.) Transfer to fridge to chill.
In a glass, add the watermelon syrup first, then the gin, then the tonic. Stir. Garnish with watermelon balls and lime.
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  • Reply Jessica @ How Sweet July 29, 2011 at 9:25 am

    so… can i pretend this is a bloody mary and have it for breakfast?!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna July 29, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      Don’t pretend…just drink.

  • Reply Becki @ Becki's Whole Life July 29, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Mmmmm – I love a good gin and tonic….adding watermelon -oh yum! I wonder if my husband would fall for my text?? Actually, he would probably love it if I just put on a pretty dress and some mascara these days:-)

  • Reply Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook July 29, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Hmm. Those weekend plans don’t quite work for me (married and have a baby) but I made a few tweaks to it in my head so it works. Hahah! This gin and tonic recipe looks great. The watermelon syrup I bet tastes great on a dessert too.

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna July 29, 2011 at 8:08 pm

      If I had a husband and he texted me about going on a picnic, I’d love it.

  • Reply fashionablecollections July 29, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    This looks great!

    Fashionable Collections

  • Reply Blog is the New Black July 29, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    OMG… I know what to do with my watermelon!

  • Reply Nora Ray July 29, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Haha, i’m going to use that “Your face is so cute I want to punch it” line on my husband, with or without the watermelon gin and tonic.

    But seriously, this looks delish. As does everything you make. I hope whoever YOU have a crush on knows how lucky they are…:-)

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna July 29, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      Ha! You’re super sweet.

  • Reply NicoleD July 29, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Love watermelon, love this!

  • Reply Michelle July 29, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I’m pretty sure mascara can save the world…

    Man, this looks like a brilliant way to summerize an already summer classic! Beautiful!

  • Reply Jen of My Tiny Oven July 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    You are hilarious! This drink looks awesome, I am going to have to give it a try this weekend! Thanks for making me smile!!

  • Reply Cindy B. July 29, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Sounds great!

  • Reply Melanie July 29, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    OMG! Those heart straws are to.die.for. Where did you get them?

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna July 29, 2011 at 11:58 pm

      Bake It Pretty. They have the cutest stuff!

  • Reply Caroline July 29, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    What a delicious drink! I don’t think I have the guts to text this person, but it sure is tempting. This drink is sure to impress.

  • Reply Daydreamer Desserts July 29, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    I’m so making this tomorrow! Looks and sounds so refreshing… besides I have a dulcinea watermelon in the fridge begging to be eaten. 🙂

  • Reply Katrina July 31, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    This sounds dreamy!

  • Reply Amy August 2, 2011 at 2:55 am

    I made the watermelon syrop and added soda water to it…everyone loved it. So refreshing on a hot day!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna August 2, 2011 at 8:42 am

      Oh I love this idea!

  • Reply Nik August 3, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Oh, this sounds right up our ally! We’ve been obsessed with cocktails, specifically ones with gin, this summer! I can’t wait to try this over the weekend! Thanks!

  • Reply J August 7, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Sounds amazing. You can actually buy watermelon juice now. I think Dole makes it. I’m sure fresh is better, but if you’re in a hurry,…

    Btw props for not going vegan 😉 You eat healthy and still eat cheese, meat, etc. 🙂

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    I love anything watermelon flavored so this looks so good! Do you think it could be made with vodka?

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