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!

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.
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Ingredients

  • 1 oz Salted Watermelon Syrup
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
  • 6 oz Ginger Beer

Salted Watermelon Syrup

  • 2 cups Watermelon chopped into 1/2" cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups White Sugar
  • 1 ea zest of one lemon
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Instructions

  • Add lime juice and syrup to a collins glass.
  • Top with Ginger beer. It will foam, but there should be enough room in the glass.
  • Add crushed ice and garnish with a lime wheel.

Salted Watermelon Syrup

  • Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well.
  • Macerate for one hour
  • Fine-Strain