This juicy summer concoction was created by bartender Jonathan Howard while at the now-shuttered American Whiskey in New York City. It employs nearly the full range of summer’s favorite flavors: watermelon chunks, freshly juiced tomatoes (ideally heirloom varieties from a farmer’s market), and the orange liqueur that fuels the ubiquitous Spritz.
As its base, it uses Veev, a neutral grain spirit infused with açaí. A splash of light, juicy Italian bitter Aperol is added, along with muddled watermelon chunks and freshly squeezed tomato and lime juices. It’s all shaken to a fruity froth and served in a highball glass, garnished with speared fresh cherry tomatoes.
- 3 1-inch-thick cubes watermelon
- 3/4 ounce simple syrup
- 2 ounces Veev spirit
- 1/4 ounce Aperol
- 1 ounce tomato juice, freshly pressed
- 3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
- Garnish: 3 cherry tomatoes, speared
Add the watermelon cubes and simple syrup into a shaker and muddle.
Add the Veev, Aperol, and tomato and lime juices, plus ice, and shake until well-chilled.
Double-strain into a highball glass.
Garnish with three speared cherry tomatoes.