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Oh, That's Fresh

Oh, That's Fresh

A crazy refreshing cocktail built for picnics and lazy afternoons.

This cocktail has quickly climbed my all-time spring drinks list. The aromatics are over the top, and between the carbonation of the ginger beer and the awesome flavor pairing of fresh watermelon and basil, it just checks all the boxes for me. Finally, the floral element of elderflower solidifies it as a the perfect spring cocktail in my book.

Now, let’s talk about the ingredient that supports all these flavors – the gin.

When I first learned that Benham’s Sonoma Dry Gin hailed from, well, Sonoma County, I was a bit perplexed. Sonoma is, after all, widely known for producing some of the state’s best wines. But thanks to local microdistiller Graton Distilling Co., one of the best things coming out of California wine country today isn't wine: It's a bottle of gin.

Like a great California wine, it’s big, bold, but still well-balanced.  It touches every part of the palate. Rich, ripe juniper is well-integrated and provides the framework.  Citrus and exotic fruit flavors enhance and brighten the botanicals. Graton has taken classic components of Juniper, Coriander, and local citrus to new heights by adding a touch of chamomile, mint and exotic warm spice elements. It’s these herbs and spices that really set this gin apart for me, as I outlined in a recent Chamomile Gin Old Fashioned I created using their barrel rested gin (also highly recommended).


  • 1.5 - 2 oz Benham’s Gin

  • .5 oz Elderflower liqueur

  • .25 oz simple syrup

  • 1 oz lime juice

  • 3-4 fresh watermelon

  • 2-3 fresh basil leaves

  • Top with ginger beer (or club soda for less sugar)


Add watermelon and basil leaves to a shaker. Add gin, elderflower, simple and lime juice, then muddle. Fill your serving glass with ice. Add ice to shaker, shake, fine strain into your glass, filling it 3/4 of the way. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a large basil leaf.


This post is sponsored in collaboration with Benham’s Gin. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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