Watermelon Fizz

The watermelon fizz is an alcoholic beverage that was invented in 1922 at the Proprietary House in New Orleans. The recipe was published in The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book, which features some of the earliest published cocktail recipes in America. The name “watermelon fizz” is derived from the mixture of watermelon juice, gin, and seltzer.

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¾ ounce watermelon cubes
¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
2 teaspoons superfine sugar
1½ ounces vodka
Ginger beer
Lime wheel for garnish


1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the watermelon cubes with the lime juice and sugar.
2. Add the vodka and ice. Shake to chill.
3. Strain into a collins glass filled with ice. Top with the ginger beer and garnish with the lime wheel.

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