Pickled Watermelon Shrub Cocktail

 


Shrubs, or fruit-and-vinegar syrups, are a great way to add acidity and complexity to balance the sweetness of cocktails and alcohol-free beverages. This refreshing libation features tart pickled watermelon shrub, sweet melon liqueur and fizzy club soda.

Yield: 12 oz. portion


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Ingredients Quantities Instructions
white balsamic vinegar 3/4 cup 1. Bring vinegar and pickling spice to boil in small saucepan for 2 minutes. Strain pickling liquid through cheesecloth-lined strainer into liquid measuring cup. Fold up ends of cheesecloth to form a spice pouch; tie tightly with string.

2. Place watermelon slices in large resealable plastic bag or jar large enough to hold all of the slices. Pour melon liqueur, gin, pickled vinegar and spice pouch into bag or jar. Seal tightly. Let stand at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to develop.

3. For each cocktail, pour 1 cup of the pickled melon mixture into tall ice-filled beverage glass. Top each glass with 1/4 cup of the seltzer. Garnish with a pickled watermelon slice. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 4 cocktails.

McCormick Culinary® Pickling Spice 3 tablespoons
watermelon, cut into thin wedge-shaped slices 1/2 pound
melon liqueur, such as Midori 1 1/2 cups
gin 3/4 cup
seltzer or club soda 3/4 cup
ice cubes, as needed
Ingredients Quantities Instructions
white balsamic vinegar 4 1/2 cups 1. Bring vinegar and pickling spice to boil in small saucepan for 2 minutes. Strain pickling liquid through cheesecloth-lined strainer into liquid measuring cup. Fold up ends of cheesecloth to form a spice pouch; tie tightly with string.

2. Place watermelon slices in large resealable plastic bag or jar large enough to hold all of the slices. Pour melon liqueur, gin, pickled vinegar and spice pouch into bag or jar. Seal tightly. Let stand at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to develop.

3. For each cocktail, pour 1 cup of the pickled melon mixture into tall ice-filled beverage glass. Top each glass with 1/4 cup of the seltzer. Garnish with a pickled watermelon slice. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 4 cocktails.

Pickling Spice 1 1/8 cups
watermelon, cut into thin wedge-shaped slices 3 pounds
melon liqueur, such as Midori 9 cups
gin 4 1/2 cups
seltzer or club soda 4 1/2 cups
ice cubes, as needed
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Nutrition Information (per serving)

Calories 410 kcal


Total fat 0 g


Saturated fat 0 g


Trans fat 0 g


Cholesterol 0 mg


Sodium 0 mg


Carbohydrate 59 g


Dietary fiber 0 g


Sugars 54 g


Protein 0 g



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