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Parisian Summer

A refreshing summer cocktail
Prep Time2 minutes
Total Time2 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gin, lime juice, simple syrup, watermelon
Servings: 1 cocktail


  • jigger
  • shaker
  • highball or rocks glass
  • muddler (if you're using watermelon chunks)
  • double strainer (if you're using watermelon chunks)


  • 2 fl oz Hendricks gin
  • 2 fl oz watermelon juice (roughly the juice of 3-4 wt oz of watermelon; about 3 medium chunks)
  • 1 fl oz lime juice (roughly the juice of a lime)
  • ½ fl oz simple syrup
  • 4 drops hops bitters (or 1 basil leaf)


  • If you're using a higball glass, mostly fill it with ice
    If you're using a rocks glass, put a big ice cube in it
  • If you're using watermelon instead of juice, put 3-4 wt oz of watermelon (about 3 medium chunks) into the shaker and muddle it well
  • Put ice in the shaker
  • If you're using watermelon juice, add 2 fl oz of it to the shaker
  • Add 1 fl oz of lime juice, or roughly the juice of 1 lime to the shaker
  • Add the 2 fl oz gin and ½ fl oz of simple syrup to the shaker
  • Shake well
  • Strain into the glass; if using watermelon, use double strainer to catch more pulp
  • Garnish with 4 drops of hops bitters or 1 basil leaf


From Locale Market, in St. Petersburg, FL — unfortunately, now closed.
If you can’t find watermelon juice, or if you want it to be fresh, you can make your own with a little hassle.