Watermelon Negroni

I’ve been accenting the sweetness of summer watermelons with the bitter bite of Campari for years…which means I should have thought of this Watermelon Negroni cocktail sooner.

A note about watermelon Campari ice cubes: Although you can simply blend and strain watermelon chunks for juice, I cut a hole in one end of a watermelon, insert a stick blender and pull the trigger. It takes a couple of minutes and a bit of butter-churning up-and-down action, but you can basically liquefy the entire thing and with no mess. Then simply pour straight out into a strainer to remove the seeds and pulp.

This recipe first appeared on altonbrown.com.

Watermelon Negroni

  • 1 fluid ounce London dry gin, like Haymans
  • 1 fluid ounce sweet vermouth, like Punt e Mes
  • 3 watermelon Campari ice cubes, recipe follows
  1. Place watermelon Campari ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Add the gin and sweet vermouth.
  2. Shake for 10 to 15 seconds, then serve in a rocks glass with 1 or 2 of the the watermelon Campari cubes. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Specialty hardware: Boston-style cocktail shaker

Yield: 1 cocktail

Active time: 5 minutes

Total time: 5 minutes


  • 1 cup fresh watermelon juice
  • 1 cup Campari
  1. Stir juice and Campari together. Pour into a standard ice cube tray and freeze overnight.

Yield: 12 standard ice cubes

Active time: 5 minutes

Total time: 8 to 12 hours


Alton Brown's Watermelon Campari Ice Cubes

Alton Brown’s Watermelon Campari Ice Cubes


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  1. 4
    Jacqueline Howard

    Does alton have a recommendation for a “stick blender” – I assume this is an immersion blender and have been on the hunt for a reliable one for quite some time!

  2. 6

    Will make plain watermelon ice cubes and add Campari to the drink. This won’t make the drink stronger as they melt and won’t waste Campari if you drink before they melt.

  3. 8

    4 ice cubes means 1/2 cup Campari per serving…4 ounces. That is a lot. And if you drink it too quick before the “ice” melts, you’ve just wasted Campari.

  4. 12

    Hmmm… if you would go the traditional route and use juiced watermelon and Campari in liquid form as well as normal ice cubes – how much juice and Campari would you use? Or does this put the balance completely off due to additional dilution?

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