Green Gin Cocktail

  • Serves

    makes one cocktail

  • Cook

    10 minutes


By Laurie Woolever

Published on December 21, 2015

The extracted juice from bitter melons takes the place of common bittering agents, such as Campari, in this floral, lime-punched cocktail.


  • 1 medium bitter melon (about 4 oz.)
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 34 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 34 oz. gin
  • 2 oz. soda water
  • Lime wheel, to garnish


Step 1

Using a box grater, finely grate the dark green skin of bitter melon into a large bowl lined with cheesecloth. Gather the edges of the cheesecloth together and twist to squeeze the juice from the bitter melon pulp. Pour 1 tablespoon of the bitter melon juice into a cocktail shaker and save the rest for more cocktails.

Step 2

Add simple syrup, lime juice, and gin to the shaker, fill with ice cubes, and cover. Shake until well-chilled, about 15 seconds, and pour into a tall glass filled with ice. Top the cocktail with soda water and stir gently to combine. Garnish with a lime wheel just before serving.

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