Watermelon, Rose Water and Gin Slushy

Summer has reached its peak in Cape Town and with the consequences of one of the worst droughts we’ve seen in decades means there aren’t many ways available to cool down in this exhausting heat. Cue the watermelon! One of a few things I do love about summer, is the bounty of delicious tropical fruit available for sweet pickings.

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Watermelon, Rose water and Gin Slushie 129This recipe is inspired by one I spotted in the latest Summer issue of Donna Hay’s Magazine. Instead of the doing the Frosé version, I am not much of Rosé drinker, but instead added some of Malfy’s delicious Gin. Malfy Gin, of Italian origin off the Malfy coast to be exact, has refreshing zesty citrus notes with hints of juniper. I chose this particular gin, to see how the lemony notes in the gin would pair with the watermelon and rose-water. To describe the finished product, I’d like to think of it as an alcoholic watermelon, rose-water flavoured frozen lemonade. I know, a mouthful in description, but it’s damn delicious and best of all so easy to make at home! I omitted sugar too, because the watermelon adds the much needed sweetness that this slush requires to be, well a slushy. Watermelon, Rose water and Gin Slushie 004

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Watermelon, Rose water and Gin Slushy



  • 1/2 small-sized Watermelon
  • A few drops of Rose water (tread lightly, this stuff is potent)
  • 4 – 6 tall tot glasses of Malfy Gin, depending preference.
  • 500 ml of watermelon tonic or any tonic water will do.



Chop up the watermelon, ensuring all of the seeds are taken out. You may spot a few pieces of black seeds in my photos (oops). So expect to find a few in your slushy mix here and there, if you miss a few seeds, that’s perfectly okay. Place the chopped watermelon, rose-water, gin and tonic into a blender, and blitz until smooth. Pour the slushy mix into a loaf pan or tray that can easily fit into your freezer. Freeze for 6 hours. Enjoy chilled!


**Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All ingredients were purchased and supplied by myself. All views in this post are as a reflection of my honest opinion.


Happy weekend! x

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