Watermelon Basil Martini

summer martini on deck

I make fun of Jeff for ordering pink drinks.  I think I’ve given him a complex.  When a cocktail sounds especially girly he even makes me order it for him.  But this is a different kind of pink drink.  OK, it’s still pink.  But it’s complex and flavorful enough that you almost forget the color.

We’ve been making our own flavored vodka for some time now, orange cinnamon, smokey chili… I promise to tell you about those soon.  But I never considered herb-infused vodka. My brother, knowing that I have an extremely prolific basil plant, suggested that basil-infused vodka might be a great way to use up some basil and play around behind the bar at the same time.

watermelon basil martini

Once we had the vodka, watermelon was a natural mixer.  One of my favorite summer meals is a simple plate of sliced watermelon, feta cheese and basil.  Minus the cheese it becomes a fantastically refreshing summer drink.  Don’t skip the basil garnish as the fragrance of fresh basil here really makes the experience. And if you don’t have a fancy juicer and therefore are stumped at watermelon juice here, never fear.  You can simply puree watermelon chunks in a blender and strain out the solids through cheese cloth. 

watermelon basil martini

Watermelon Basil Martini

Serves 2

3 ounces basil infused vodka (recipe below)

5 ounces fresh watermelon juice


basil leaves for garnish

2 slices cucumber for garnish (optional)

In a cocktail shaker combine the vodka, juice and ice.  Shake and then strain into two chilled martini glasses.  Garnish with basil and cucumber. 

Basil Infused Vodka

4 cups vodka

2 cups basil leaves and stems

Combine the basil and vodka in a bottle or large jar, making sure all basil is submerged.  Allow vodka to sit in a cool place, out of the sun, for 1-2 days.  Do not steep longer than two days. Strain the vodka and store at room temperature.

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  1. This sounds and looks great!!! I see me, this drink, and the pool happening this weekend!

  2. Oh, the addition of basil is inspired! I’ll definitely be trying this one!

  3. I need basil vodka. Now.

  4. GORGEOUS!! I love the combination of herb and fruit, and the color is fantastic! 🙂

  5. Seeing so many watermelons today on the side of the road I was chatting about how in the US they put vodka in them; this is yet an even more enticing idea! Love the color and the flavors.

  6. I have never had a martin with watermelon…looks so tempting!

  7. Katie…believe or not…I’ve been served quite a few martinis…however, I have never made them. When I do…this will be a great combo to try ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,

  8. Love it Katie! So funny I too make sun of hubby whenever he orders strawberry ice cream …poor guy 😦

    The mix of fruit, herbs and booze is a match made in heaven! Lovely!

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  9. I’m just loving the drink recipes my fellow bloggers are posting lately. Watermelon and basil. What could be more refreshing than that!

  10. What a gorgeous looking drink. The color alone makes me want to taste it. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  11. Pretty and refreshing. You can bring this around any time!

  12. Hi Katie—I love that I just left reading about Watermelon Daiquiris and Margaritas on a blog from a Greek woman living in Holland, and now come upon your Watermelon Martini!!! The connections are marvelous, and Watermelons, right now, Rule!

  13. My husband won’t go near a pink drink or something with a fruit garnish with a ten foot pole. I suppose that means a drink like this would be reserved for girls night in my house (or perhaps all for me).

  14. This sounds so refreshing… what a perfect summer drink!

  15. This looks AWESOME! We’ve been meaning to try our hand at the whole infused vodka thing…we had an delicious pineapple one once…but basil!? With watermelon…oh delicious!!

  16. What a wonderful summer drink, I like to infuse vodka too haven’t done basil yet but will be now thanks!

  17. Watermelon and basil really do make for an amazing combination. What a wonderful and refreshing summer drink.
    *kisses* HH

  18. Katie… INSPIRED! Now I can’t get good watermelon here in the UK but I can try making the basil vodka! It’s all or nothing with basil, isn’t it? I was running out of things to do with it – I’ve used it in salads and oils and biscuits – I’m sending this link to my friend in Canada who also has basil overload – CHEERS!

  19. Right… I have the basil vodka made. Now just got to wait for the weekend! And my friend in Canada made it with sweet YELLOW watermelon (grown in Quebec) and said it was delicious!I will report back later.

    • Yellow watermelon!?!? I have to get my hands on one of those! Ooooh, I bet it looked beautiful too. Wouldn’t it be fun to have both pink and yellow – a martini party!

      • I made the basil vodka and added clear, sweet tomato juice.. it was GORGEOUS! (And put links back here on the blog!)

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  23. I love the stem on those serving glasses. I just made some watermelon martini yesterday. Yummy!

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