Salted Watermelon Cooler

by | May 6, 2016 | 3 comments

Something a little bit different…

This cocktail was TASTY. It may not have been Chris’ favorite (though I think he liked it a lot), but it was definitely in my top 5. But there’s something very different about this one. Something I’m not sure we’ve ever done before for a drink on this blog. Can you spot the difference? (Hint: you can’t tell in the photos.)

This drink is 100% non-alcoholic. Yep, it’s not a “cocktail” at all. But don’t let that fool you – it is truly delicious!

Like many of our drinks, this one was inspired by a trip to the grocery store. We were a bit over-optimistic and bought a watermelon hoping it’d be in season… only to find it ripe, but under-flavored. Not deterred, Chris tossed in a touch of salt and made it into a delicious syrup that worked absolutely brilliantly beside the ginger beer in this drink.

But what about the kick?

I also found that the “zip” from the ginger beer almost took the place of the alcohol, adding that extra kick that many mocktails lack. Very, very good.

Got kids? Got a family BBQ coming up? Gotta drive home?  Consider this “mocktail” – you will not be disappointed!

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Salted Watermelon Cooler
This mocktail is like a picnic in a glass – with watermelon and ginger beer and just a hint of salt to keep it interesting.
Salted Watermelon Cooler
Servings
Ingredients
Salted Watermelon Syrup
Servings
Ingredients
Salted Watermelon Syrup
Salted Watermelon Cooler
Instructions
  1. Add lime juice and syrup to a collins glass.
  2. Top with Ginger beer. It will foam, but there should be enough room in the glass.
  3. Add crushed ice and garnish with a lime wheel.
Salted Watermelon Syrup
  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well.
  2. Macerate for one hour
  3. Fine-Strain
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