The Gin Rickey is an old classic, made with gin, a squeeze of lime, and carbonated water.  A close cousin to the Tom Collins and the Gin Fizz,  all three go back to the early days of mixed drinks in this country.  They’re ideal for summer: light, bubbly, with a hit of citrus. I’ve gone a step further and added fresh watermelon juice and a couple of crushed coriander seeds.  The coriander echoes the spice flavors in the Bombay Sapphire gin.


I think this is the perfect idea if you’re having friends  over and you want one special drink to start everybody off with.   I chose watermelon because it’s the very definition of refreshing.  The flavor doesn’t overwhelm the gin, and its high liquid content means lots of juice.  If you’re first thought is  ‘yuck, I hate the taste of watermelon’ you’re probably thinking about artificial, over sweetened watermelon flavor.  I thought the fresh watermelon juice had a wonderful, delicate flavor.   Give this one a chance.


All you have to do is pick up a watermelon, which they’re practically giving away right now.  As a good cook and follower of this blog, I know you already have coriander seeds in your cupboard  :)

The Watermelon Gin Rickey


  • 2 coriander seeds
  • 2 oz (1/4 cup) Bombay Sapphire Gin
  • 2 oz (1/4 cup) fresh watermelon juice (directions below)
  • 1/2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • club soda or sparkling water to top up
  • For garnish
  • mint leaves
  • watermelon spear


  1. To make the watermelon juice put 1 lb of roughly chopped watermelon (this will be approximately half of a mini watermelon) into a blender or food processor. Blend until pureed. Pour the puree through a sieve, and let sit in the refrigerator to drain. Don't push the pulp through, just let it drain. It will yield about 1 1/2 cups of juice.
  2. Put the coriander seeds at the bottom of a cocktail shaker and crush lightly,
  3. Add the gin, lime juice and 1/4 cup of the watermelon juice. Add ice and shake.
  4. Pour over fresh ice and top up the glass with club soda or sparkling water.
  5. Garnish with mint and a watermelon spear.



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8 Responses to The Watermelon Gin Rickey

  1. […] An old classic meets a fresh punchy twist… and the drink to go with it! (Recipe Here) […]

  2. I love what you have done to your site! It’s lovely! That watermelon gin rickey looks pretty darn good too!

  3. Looks like I would be in double trouble!

  4. I would be sloshed if I lived at your place. You make the most amazing drinks!

  5. I have everything to make myself this cocktail! I love the addition of coriander seeds…so unexpected. Your blog looks bea,utiful!

  6. This sounds so wonderfully summery! Watermelon is such a refreshing fruit, it must pair with the gin beautifully. Wonderful photos, too! :)

  7. Imen says:

    Hi Sue!
    Gorgeous new site design! This cocktail sounds incredible….and now I must root around a bit more….everything sounds + looks delicious. Hope all is well. x

  8. Hi Sue – Your blog is BEAUTIFUL and that gin rickey looks pretty good too. Nice on a 90 degree day that I’m getting pretty tired of, BTW. Cocktail time on a Friday evening is a nice end to the work week.

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