Utah Style and Design

Summer Sips: Watermelon Cocktails

July 25, 2019

At Silver Star Cafe in Park City, owner Lisa Cilva Ward says, “We did an elderberry gastrique for fall cocktails, and our lead mixologist Lucas Anderson has come up with a watermelon version for summer.” Typically, a cocktail gastrique calls for caramelizing the sugar, then adding vinegar and fruit.

Daytime sipping: The “Melondramatic” 

  • 1¼ oz. local Beehive vodka
  • 1 oz. watermelon basil gastrique*

Evening enjoyment: “When Life Gives You Melons” 

  • 1¼ oz. Wahaka Mezcal
  • ½ oz. St. Germaine
  • ½ oz. watermelon basil gastrique*

*Watermelon basil gastrique

  • 2 cups Slide Ridge honey wine vinegar
  • 1¼ cups Condimento Bianco (white vinegar, balsamic vinegar,
  • grape must)
  • 3 cups loosely packed, torn fresh basil
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1½ cups freshly squeezed watermelon juice
  • 4 cups watermelon chunks
  • Make a simple syrup by combining the sugar with the fresh watermelon juice and warming just enough to dissolve the sugar.
  • Pour over the watermelon chunks and torn basil; mix.
  • Add honey wine vinegar and Condiments Bianco.
  • Cover and allow to rest at room temperature for two hours.
  • Strain watermelon and basil out of mixture, and crush them in the strainer to release the remainder of the juice into the mixture.
  • Add water to taste (optional).



Mary Brown Malouf



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