Watermelon Basil Martini

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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

Watermelon Basil Martini:

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

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

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.

Looking for more delicious summer cocktail recipes? Try these:

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!

 

Watermelon Basil Martini Recipe:

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: basil, martini, summer cocktail, watermelon
Servings: 1
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
This Watermelon Basil Martini is a fresh and herby cocktail perfect for summer sipping!

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 313kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 173mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 907IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
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  • Barb at

    Loved this. Perfect for summer and so refreshing.

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