Gin Stevie Cocktail

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This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.


2 ounces gin (we like Hendrick’s for this)
5 spearmint leaves
5 basil leaves
1/2 ounce simple syrup
spearmint sprig, as garnish
4 pounds seedless watermelon, cut into cubes
cup sugar (depending on sweetness of watermelon)
180 ml bottles sparkling sake


To make the Watermelon–Sake Ice Cubes, add watermelon, lime juice & sugar to a bowl and let sit for at least 15 minutes and up to several days in the fridge.
Transfer contents of bowl to a blender and puree until chunks are broken down.
Stir in sake.
Pour into ice cube trays and freeze until ready to use. Makes up to 8 dozen cubes. (It may sound like a lot, but trust us, you’ll be much happier with lots in your freezer.)
To make the Gin Stevie Cocktail, In a highball glass muddle lime juice, simple syrup, and leaves.
Add chilled gin, watermelon–sake ice cubes, and soda.
Garnish with sprig of mint.
Add a straw.




Barbara Ottomanelli's picture

I had this and it is amazing! The only reason I stopped at two was we ran out of watermelon cubes!!!


What is it about watermelon that makes us crazy for it in the summertime? The uniqueness of its sweetness, the juiciness of every bite? Well, regardless of your favorite aspect of watermelon, Steve has come up with a winning cooler (he has tweaked it to perfection!) that will delight all the guests at your patio cocktail party. Tickled with the herbaceous tastes of basil and spearmint, and graced by the cucumber and rose notes in Hendrick’s gin, the Imbibe Magazine–inspired watermelon–sake ice cubes that are the highlight of this concoction slowly melt so that it takes you on a journey from tart booziness to slushy sweetness. We pair our Gin Stevies with another summertime favorite — heirloom tomatoes — and dollop generous portions on freshly toasted baguette to create the perfect bruschetta. Take a bite, and follow with a generous sip.

Tips & Tricks:
Make your watermelon–sake cubes a day before your cocktail party. That way you’ll have plenty of time for them to freeze thoroughly, and you can relax a little knowing that important step is done!

If it turns out you have extra watermelon–sake juice, you can easily make a mocktail out of it. Just add some ice cubes, a little mint for garnish, plop in a straw, and start sipping.


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Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 2:00pm


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