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Watermelon Ginger Fizz with Pickled Watermelon Rind

In our opinion, you can never have too much cool, refreshing watermelon on the menu, especially as the outdoor temps reach their peak. One way we’re making the most out of our favorite summer fruit is by whipping up this fizzy cocktail. It’s a great way to use the whole entire fruit—yep, even the rind! And this one packs a punch, too, thanks to fresh ginger and a splash of ginger beer. Cheers!

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Watermelon Ginger Fizz with Pickled Watermelon Rind

  • Author: Misfits Market
  • Yield: 1 1x

Ingredients

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For the Pickled Watermelon Rind:

  • 1/2 small watermelon
  • 1½ cups vinegar, such as apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • Fresh ginger, cut into 5 slices
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed

 

For the cocktail: 

  • 2 sprigs mint
  • Ginger, cut into 3 slices
  • 3 ounces watermelon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce pickled watermelon rind liquid
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer
  • Pickled watermelon rind, for serving

Instructions

  1. For the pickled watermelon rind, use a peeler to remove the outer green layer from the watermelon. Cut watermelon into 1-inch wedges and remove flesh. (A little pink leftover on the rind is okay.) Set aside flesh for juicing). Cut the rind into 1-inch cubes and set aside.
  2. In a medium pot, combine vinegar, water, sugar, salt, ginger slices, cinnamon stick, black peppercorns, and fennel seed. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer. Add watermelon rind to the pot and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let mixture come to room temperature. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for at least 8 hours and up to 2 weeks.
  3. Prepare watermelon juice by adding watermelon flesh into a blender and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds. Strain by pouring juice over a mesh sieve into a large glass or bowl. Then, set aside.
  4. For the cocktail, muddle mint springs and ginger slices in the tumbler of a shaker. Add watermelon juice, simple syrup, pickled watermelon rind liquid, gin, and ice. Shake until the tumbler is cold, about 30 seconds. Fill a rocks glass half way with ice and then strain the cocktail over top. Top with a splash of ginger beer and garnish with a pickled watermelon rind on a skewer. Cheers!

Comments (4)

Yay! We’re so glad to hear you found these recipes easy and helpful, Denise. We hope you can enjoy giving it a try!😋🙌

Made the pickled watermelon rind ginger fizz cocktail. It was so incredibly salty. The recipe calls for 3 1/2 Tbs salt – did you mean 3 1/2 tsp?? Once we left out the pickling liquid and upped the “splash” of ginger beer to 50%, it was drinkable, but just one piece of rind flavored the whole drink.
Will make again b/c it’s fun flavors, but leaving out the salt altogether maybe.

We appreciate the feedback, Sam! So glad to hear you otherwise enjoy the recipe. 💚

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