Watermelon takes an herby/vegetal turn when it’s combined with Pimm’s No. 1 liqueur, a dry gin, and a cucumber garnish. Hendrick’s Gin, which is infused with cucumber and rose petals, works especially well in this drink thanks to the cucumber flavor.
2 ounces fresh watermelon juice*
1 ½ ounces Pimm’s No. 1 liqueur
1 ounce dry gin, preferably Hendrick’s Gin
2-3 ounces ginger ale
Several cucumber slices, for garnish (optional)
Fill a highball (tall) glass three-quarters full with ice. Add a few cucumber slices, too, if you like.
In a mixing glass, stir together the watermelon juice, Pimm’s, and gin. Pour into the highball glass. Add the ginger ale. Stir gently, add any desired cucumber garnish, and serve.
*To make watermelon juice, place pieces of watermelon in a blender and puree until liquified. Place mixture through a fine sieve to remove the pulp.
— Adapted from the recipe by M. Carrie Allan, “Spirits” columnist of the Washington Post
Recipe tested by Ellen Ficklen; email questions to email@example.com