Campari + Watermelon = One Red Cocktail

When Chris told me he was going to put watermelon shrub, gin and campari in a glass together … well, I was skeptical. (Note: This happens a lot. Annoyingly, he’s almost always right!) Of course, the color was a perfect match for Campari and the watermelon shrub, but I just wasn’t confident they’d play nicely with such a stark contrast – the herbal bitterness of the Campari up against the sweet tang of a shrub.

Foiled again.

I think you know where this one is going. Once again, Chris was absolutely right.

This cocktail was delicious, and everything played together beautifully. It was a bit interesting though – the light saltiness of the shrub seemed to offset the bitterness of the Campari, allowing its own “fruitiness” to come through a bit more. Adding that to the round, fresh flavor of the watermelon and the herbal notes from the gin … well. Let’s just say this won’t be the last time you find this cocktail in my hand.

Here’s to experimentation!

Americano Summer

This drink features a watermelon shrub alongside Campari and Tanqueray Gin – and yes, it is delicious!
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz London Dry Gin
  • 1 1/2 oz Salted Watermelon Shrub
  • 1 Barspoon Agave Nectar
  • 1/2 oz Campari
  • 2 dashes Celery Bitters
  • 2 oz Soda Water

Salted Watermelon Shrub

  • 2 cups Watermelon
  • 1 1/2 cups White Sugar
  • 1 Ea zest of one lemon
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups Cane Vinegar

Instructions

  • Add everything but the soda water into a cocktail shaker
  • Shake well with ice
  • Strain into a Collins glass with ice
  • Top with Soda water
  • Garnish with fresh mint or celery leaf

Salted Watermelon Shrub

  • Add all ingredients except the vinegar to a bowl and mix well.
  • Macerate for one hour.
  • Add vinegar
  • Let it sit for 24 hours, covered, in the fridge
  • Fine-strain