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It's July, Summer is in full swing, and we're all about the next best refreshing cocktail. When we saw this recipe from Kinfolk Magazine's most recent edition, we couldn't wait to try it. Made with our local distiller Venus Spirits Gin Blend No. 01, this is a must try!

1/2 medium seedless watermelon (about 2 1/4 pounds or 1 kilogram)
4 fluid ounces (120 milliliters) gin (We love Venus Spirits Gin No. 01 )
1 tablespoon honey, preferably acacia
3 limes

1/4 cup (5 grams) fresh lemon verbena, lemon balm or mint leaves, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup sugar
Ice cubes, for serving

For the Cocktail:
Scoop the watermelon from the rind, cube half and cut the other half into wedges. Blend the cubes with the gin and honey, then add the juice of two limes and the zest of another. Blend thoroughly then let the cocktail stand for up to five minutes to infuse the flavors. 

Blend the lemon verbena leaves and sugar in a food processor and set aside for the glass rim. Moisten the rim of the glasses and coat in sugar to taste. Pour over ice. 

For the Grilled Watermelon:
Heat a grill pan until smoking hot, grill watermelon on both sides for 1 to 2 minutes or until grill lines appear. Arrange on a platter, sprinkle with lemon juice and zest and remaining sugar mixture.
Serve with cocktail and enjoy. 

Photos and recipe courtesy of Kinfolk Magazine 

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