The Story Behind The Boozy Watermelon Lemonade

Summer calls for tall, refreshing cocktails. This boozy lemonade incorporates fresh lemon, juicy watermelon, citrus-forward gin and a spicy ginger liqueur for a little extra zing. Rosemary simple syrup adds a subtle herbal element and the final beverage is topped off with dry lemon soda.

It’s everything that lemonade should be.


  • 2 ounces citrus-forward gin
  • ¾ ounce ginger liqueur
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ½ ounce rosemary simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • 3 to 4 1-inch cubes of watermelon
  • Dry lemon soda to float


  1. Combine all ingredients except lemon soda in a shaker.
  2. Gently smoosh the watermelon cubes with a muddler or spoon.
  3. Shake well with ice, then double-strain over fresh ice in a tall glass.
  4. Top with dry lemon soda and garnish with a lemon wedge and rosemary sprig.

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Updated: 2018-07-16

Rosemary Simple Syrup Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Rosemary Simple Syrup Directions

  1. Combine water and sugar in a saucepan.
  2. Add 7 or 8 4-inch sprigs of fresh rosemary.
  3. Heat on medium and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Remove from heat, then let steep for 30 minutes.
  5. Strain out the rosemary. Store syrup in a resealable bottle in the refrigerator. It will keep for about 2 weeks.
The Boozy Watermelon Lemonade Recipe