Summer Cocktail: Watermelon Shrub

Summer Cocktail: Watermelon Shrub

August 23, 2010


1 small watermelon

1 quart white wine vinegar

1 quart sugar

Cucumbers, sliced thinly

1 ounce Pisco

1 1/4 ounces watermelon syrup (recipe below)

Club Soda

To make watermelon syrup:

Cut a small watermelon out of the rind and set aside.  Cover fruit with 1 quart of white wine vinegar. Let macerate for three days. Place mixture in a stock pot and add 1 quart sugar. Heat to a boil and cook for 15 minutes. Then strain fruit out and cool remaining syrup.  Shrub base will keep up to three weeks.

To make cocktail:

Place a thin layer of cucumber slices in the bottom of desired glass.

Muddle cucumber in a short glass with muddler. Use the back of a spoon to bruise cucumber, if muddler is not available.

Add 3-4 cubes of ice

Add 1 ounce of Pisco.

Add 1 1/4 ounces of watermelon shrub base.

Generously splash with club soda. 

Stir lightly with a cocktail straw or butter knife.

Garnish with cucumber slice on side of glass.