I have recently realised it has been a very long time since I wrote about cocktails. It doesn’t mean however I haven’t been enjoying drinks and constantly looking for new recipes, which would stand out from the traditional margaritas, mojitos and other popular cocktails. Most recipes call for the ingredients available all year round, but I find it very interesting to profit from the seasonal fruits, stretching the seasonal eating idea to seasonal drinking. Watermelon is now in high season, I eat tons of this refreshing and light fruit, I have never see it in a juice version, so when I saw the Watermelon and Ginger Cocktail on the Shizuoka Gourmet blog, I knew I had to try it.
This cocktail was created by Wasaru Matsumoto, the owner and bartender at Botanical (comfort bar) in Shizuoka City. I have slightly modified it, keeping the most important, e.i. ginger, watermelon and gin mixture. The important thing I omitted was the salt on the glass rim (margarita style). At first, I admit, I have forgotten, but then, the cocktail was so fantastic without it, I thought I would do this another time. I don’t know how to describe the taste… The delicate and sweet watermelon is seriously boosted by the ginger juice, which should be used sparingly, so that it doesn’t overwhelm the combination.
If you are lucky to visit Shizuoka or if you live there, go to Shizuoka Gourmet blog to find the Botanical address and opening hours. If, however, you live far from Japan and love watermelon and ginger, try this recipe out (with or without salted rim). Very refreshing, seasonal and addictive!
Preparation: 10 minutes
Ingredients (serves one):
125 ml (1/2 cup) strained juice from mixed watermelon pulp
50 ml gin
1 1/2 teaspoon ginger juice (I grated about 2 cm fresh ginger and squeezed the pulp) /the original recipe calls for 1 fresh leaf ginger/
(I skipped this step). Moist the big glass rim and dip it in salt.
Place the ice in the glass.
Put all the ingredients in a shaker (apart from the ice) and shake well.
Pour over the ice and enjoy!