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Peppermelon cocktail
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The balance of sweet watermelon and spicy pepper makes this cocktail by bar pro H. Joseph Ehrmann undeniably refreshing.


  • 1 1/2 ounces London dry gin
  • 1 ounce watermelon juice
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3/4 ounce black pepper honey syrup*
  • Garnish: watermelon cube
  • Garnish: ground black pepper


  1. Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.

  2. Strain into a cocktail glass.

  3. Garnish with a watermelon cube coated on one side with ground black pepper.

*Black pepper honey syrup: Add 2 tablespoons peppercorns into a small saucepan over high heat and shake gently until fragrant. Add 1 cup water, bring to a boil and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Strain into a measuring cup and add enough additional water to bring the measure to 1 cup. Add 1 cup honey and stir until dissolved. Will keep, sealed and refrigerated, for up to 1 week.