McCormick for Chefs

Pickled Watermelon Shrub Cocktail

This concoction designed by McCormick for Chefs adds a unique flavor profile to your beverage menu.

If you're looking for a unique cocktail to offer, the white balsamic viegar, McCormick Culinar Pickling Spice, and watermelon in this beverage combine to make an interesting and refreshing flavor profile.


3/4 cup white balsamic vinegar

3 tbsp McCormick Culinary Pickling Spice

1/2 lb watermelon, cut into thin wedge-shaped slices

1 1/2 cups melon liqueur, such as Midori

3/4 cup gin

3/4 cup seltzer or club soda

ice cubes, as needed


1. Bring vinegar and pickling spice to boil in small saucepan for 2 minutes. Strain pickling liquid through cheesecloth-lined strainer into liquid measuring cup. Fold up ends of cheesecloth to form a spice pouch; tie tightly with string.

2. Place watermelon slices in large resealable plastic bag or jar large enough to hold all of the slices. Pour melon liqueur, gin, pickled vinegar, and spice pouch into bag or jar. Seal tightly. Let stand at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to develop.

3. For each cocktail, pour 1 cup of the pickled melon mixture into tall ice-filled beverage glass. Top each glass with 1/4 cup of the seltzer. Garnish with a pickled watermelon slice. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 4 cocktails.

Yields 4 servings.