Watermelon Cucumber Basil Gimlets

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!

Watermelon Cucumber Basil GimletI don’t know about you, but no summer fête feels complete to me without watermelon in some way, shape or form.

Watermelon Cucumber Basil GimletAnd 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?

Watermelon Cucumber Basil GimletToday 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.

imageServe these stylish Watermelon Cucumber Basil Gimlets at your next gathering and I guarantee no one will be able to stop talking about them!

Watermelon Cucumber Basil GimletsThey’re an absolute breeze to whip up, but will make you seem like a seasoned mixologist who crafts up artisan craft cocktails on the reg.

Watermelon Cucumber Basil GimletThe 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).

Watermelon Cucumber Basil GimletThe cucumber and basil flavors infuse into the syrup, adding a layer of elegant complexity to this drink that pairs perfectly with juicy watermelon.

Watermelon Cucumber Basil GimletI 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!

Watermelon Cucumber Basil GimletThis 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 Gimlet


Watermelon Cucumber Basil Gimlet
5 from 1 vote

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!

Course Drink
Cuisine American
Keyword cocktails with basil, drinks with cucumber, watermelon cocktail
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 280 kcal
Author Denisse


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Recipe Notes

Raspberry flavored vodka would also work well in this recipe


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  1. Theresa Carlton

    This sounds and looks so refreshing, but I can’t have sugar. Do you think this could be made with stevia in the raw as a substitute?

    1. Denisse Post author

      Thanks! I think making a Stevia simple syrup would work, but I would probably scale the amount of stevia way down instead of using an equal amount to the sugar in the recipe, since stevia can tend to have such a strong sweet taste. Maybe use 1/2 or even 1/4 the amount?

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  3. Ulrike Überacker

    Well, definitely loved the drink, but all the healthy stuff in there didn’t counteract the hangover the way I was hoping it would lol. Stop making your cocktails so delicious!


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