Watermelon Cilantro Gin & Tonic

This cocktail. It's a summery dream. Watermelon, fresh cilantro, gin….. mmmmmm. Gin. It's good stuff. These are all ingredients we typically have around the house as soon as spring and summer gets here, so it seemed like a no brainer!

Watermelon Cilantro Lime Gin and Tonic by Dusty Hegge #eatdrinkandgetplanty

Brian and I are working together to bring you some fun, planty, in season cocktails, and we have so many yummy ones we are working on we can’t wait to perfect and share with you! (Hello boozy milkshakes!) Today's Watermelon Cilantro Gin & Tonic Brian whipped up super fast and it was absolutely perfect first time around. It's simple, refreshing, lightly sweet, and so yummy!

This recipe makes two glasses, or enough for seconds, whichever you prefer.

Watermelon Cilantro Lime Gin and Tonic by Dusty Hegge #eatdrinkandgetplanty
Watermelon Cilantro Lime Gin and Tonic by Dusty Hegge #eatdrinkandgetplanty


  • 2 pint glasses filled with crushed ice

  • Small picture or glass

  • Cocktail shaker & muddler

  • Watermelon - About 1.5 cups (the more ripe the better)

  • 1/2 lime

  • A fresh bunch of Cilantro (About 15-20 stems)

  • 3 Shots Gin (4.5 oz) - We use Hofland, but any will do.

  • Tonic Water


In my opinion crushed ice makes this cocktail what it is. If you don't have crushed ice just put some in a ziplock bag and smash away with a meat tenderizer.

You could use soda water if you don't have tonic, though for this recipe I think the tonic water really adds to the depth of flavor.


  1. Muddle watermelon with fresh cilantro until all of the watermelon juice is released.

  2. Add the juice of half a lime & 3 shots of gin. Muddle together.

  3. Strain into a small pitcher. (A second strain helps to get rid of any left behind watermelon chunks or lime seeds.)

    Pourwatermelon mixture equally into both pint glasses already filled with crushed ice.

  4. Top each glass with tonic water.

  5. Stir carefully.

  6. Garnish with lime & fresh cilantro.

  7. Enjoy!


Tag #eatdrinkandgetplanty and @dustyhegge on Instagram when you make yours!


Dusty Hegge - Host of Grow Well Podcast & Houseplant Educator

Hey there!

My name is Dusty Hegge

At a surface level I teach people how to keep their houseplants alive. My goal is to take it a step deeper by helping you to appreciate the growth process, uncover what it means to grow WELL, and to celebrate the Creator through something as seemingly simple as a houseplant.

Let’s grow well!