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The 6 Best Watermelon Cocktails in NYC

July 9, 2012 1:00 PM

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Refreshing, lightly sweet and colorful–watermelon is the ultimate summer fruit. It’s perfectly delicious on its own, so it’s no surprise that watermelon makes a standout ingredient in a cocktail. Here are some of the best watermelon cocktails in NYC. By Selena Ricks-Good.

Spiked Watermelon Lemonade, Alobar

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46-42 Vernon Blvd.,
Long Island City
(718) 752-6000
alobarnyc.com

This cocktail can easily be described as “summer in a glass.” Watermelon is pureed and combined with mint, lemongrass, lemon-infused vodka and a splash of St. Germain liqueur. Garnished with a lemon peel and served in a martini glass, it’s a sophisticated step up from the pink lemonade we knew as children.

Watermelon Soju, Pocha 32

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15 W. 32nd St.
New York, NY
(212) 279-1876

Impress your friends at this Koreatown restaurant when you order the Watermelon Soju, which comes in a hollowed-out, halved watermelon and offers about six servings. Distilled from rice or other starches such as potatoes or barley, soju has a slightly sweeter taste than vodka, making it easily mixable. And when you’re done drinking, the leftover infused fruit makes a tasty, boozy snack.

The Waterboo, Highpoint Bistro & Bar

waterboo The 6 Best Watermelon Cocktails in NYC

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216 Seventh Avenue
New York, New York 10011
646-410-0120
highpointbb.com

Made with egg whites, this Watermelon cocktail found in Chelsea isn’t just a yummy summertime sip – but a small dose of protein, as well. Pureed watermelon is combined with blueberry liquor, vodka and simple syrup.

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The Sun-Dia, Yerba Buena Perry

One Perry Street
New York, NY 10014
212-520-0808

Watermelon evokes memories of cookouts and picnics, and The Sun-Dia by Alex Valencia punches it up with a dose of Latin flavors. He blends Herradura blanco tequila, elderflower liqueur, jalapeño infused Cointreau, watermelon, and lime, and serves it on the rocks for a spicy summer refresher.

The Waterloo, Employees Only

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510 Hudson St.
New York, NY
(212) 242-3021
employeesonlynyc.com

Balancing bitter with sweet, the Waterloo features fresh muddled watermelon, Plymouth Gin, Campari, lemon juice and simple syrup. This drink is delightfully sophisticated and highly addicting, much like the speakeasy where it is served.

The Melvin at Bar Henry

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90 W. Houston St.
New York, NY
(646) 448-4559
barhenry.com

Known more for its extensive wine list, this Greenwich Village bistro also turns out creative cocktails like the Melvin, a slightly spicy concoction featuring watermelon, Tito’s Vodka, wasabi, lime juice, honey and cilantro. The intense flavors of this drink will perk you up and help you reach a more seasonal state of mind.

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Selena Ricks-Good writes about drinks and produces events as The Dizzy Fizz.

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