This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CelebrateTheSummer #CollectiveBias The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. Play responsibly. Once you taste these refreshing Watermelon Cucumber Basil Gimlets made with SVEDKA Vodka, they will become your party drink of the season! Serve them at your next summer bash!
And since we’re talking summer parties right now, which is exactly what I’m craving after what feels like day 836425 in a row of nonstop work, why not bring that ubiquitous summer ingredient to the party in the form of a dangerously refreshing seasonal cocktail?
Today I’m partnering with SVEDKA to promote their Party Edition bottle- so festive with the stars and stripes, isn’t it? Perfect for summer parties.
The secret to this fancy-schmancy cocktail is the cucumber-basil simple syrup. Just add sugar, water, cucumber slices and fresh basil in a saucepan and simmer until the sugar dissolves (just make sure to let it cool before adding it to your cocktail).
I like to top it off with some bubbly water for a little effervescence- this totally optional and traditionally not part of a gimlet recipe. But I figure we could all use some extra hydration on a hot summer day, especially when cocktails are involved!
This recipe makes enough simple syrup for several cocktails, so you can keep it on hand to mix up a big batch of Watermelon Cucumber Basil Gimlets for your next backyard bash! If you make them I’d love to see, so make sure to tag a picture on Instagram using the hashtags #LePetitEats and #CelebrateTheSummer! And for more summer entertaining ideas and cocktail recipes, be sure to check out the SVEDKA Celebrate the Summer website.
Watermelon Cucumber Basil Gimlets
Once you taste these refreshing Watermelon Cucumber Basil Gimlets made with SVEDKA Vodka, they will become your party drink of the season! Serve them at your next summer bash!
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced cucumber
- 2 sprigs fresh basil
- 1 cup chopped watermelon
- 3 ounces SVEDKA vodka
- Ice cubes
- Soda water optional
- Lime wheels for garnish
Combine the sugar, water, cucumber and basil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook, whisking occasionally, until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Strain into a container, discarding cucumber and basil.
Puree watermelon in a blender or food processor. Pass through a mesh strainer into a shaker filled with ice. Pour in the vodka and 1 ounce of the cucumber basil simple syrup. Shake rapidly for about 20 seconds and strain into two rocks glasses filled with ice. Top with soda water if desired and garnish with lime wheels.