It’s been months since we had a tasty cocktail here on Inspired by Charm. Today I thought we could celebrate the final weeks of summer with a delicious tribute to the season: Watermelon Basil Martinis!

This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

I saw this cocktail on a menu a few months ago and have been dying to give it try. I wasn’t quite sure what the restaurant used to make its version, but as soon I read the name, a few ingredient ideas were dancing in my head. After a bit of testing, I’m pleased to tell you that the resulting libation is quite delicious.

This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

The base of the cocktail is watermelon juice muddled with fresh basil. To achieve this, you mash up a few pieces of watermelon with a couple basil leaves and then strain it to remove the pulp and seeds. What you end up with is a delicious juice that tastes like a summer melon with just a hint of basil.

This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

To make sure the watermelon basil flavor stood out in this cocktail, I relied on vodka for the main liquor. (When you’re making any martini, go with a top shelf vodka for the best results. As of late, my brand of choice is Tito’s.) In addition to the vodka, I used one of my favorites: St. Germain. This sweet liqueur, with flavors reminiscent of pear and lychee, perfectly complements everything else that’s happening in this martini. – If you prefer your cocktails on the sweeter side, feel free to add an extra splash when you’re shaking up your martini.

This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm
This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

Once everything is prepared, all of these goodies get shaken vigorously with ice, strained into a martini glass, and garnished with a tiny watermelon slice and fresh basil leaf.

If summer had a flavor, this might be it.

This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

Watermelon Basil Martini

makes 1 cocktail

1 cup fresh watermelon, chopped
2 large basil leaves
2.5 ounces vodka
1 ounce St. Germain Liqueur
Mini watermelon slice and basil leaf for garnish

In a large glass, muddle the watermelon with two basil leaves to release as much juice as possible. Strain through a fine sieve and reserve the juice.

To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 2.5 ounces of the watermelon juice, vodka, and St. Germain. Shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a watermelon slice and basil leaf.

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This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

I love a simple martini that’s made with ingredients I’m likely to have on hand. It’s perfect for winding down at the end of a long day or enjoying with a friend who stops by.

This Watermlon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping! | Inspired by Charm

Join me in savoring these last days of summer with one (or two) of these Watermelon Basil Martinis. Cheers!

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