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Campari-Watermelon Spritz

Sweet watermelon and the slightly bitter notes of Campari equal a match made in heaven.

By Lisa Featherby
  • 10 mins preparation plus chilling
  • Makes 2 litres
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There are few pleasures sweeter than a refreshing fruity cocktail to beat the heat. Make this ahead and have it chilling in the fridge, ready to go. This recipe makes about 2 litres.


  • 150 gm caster sugar
  • 1.5 kg watermelon (about ½ small watermelon)
  • 150 ml Campari
  • 150 ml gin
  • Juice of 3 limes, or to taste
  • To taste: soda water


  • 1
    Stir sugar in 150ml boiling water in a bowl to dissolve (2-3 minutes), then set aside over a bowl of iced water to chill.
  • 2
    Process watermelon in a blender until smooth, then combine with sugar syrup and remaining ingredients except soda water and strain through a coarse sieve into a serving jug.
  • 3
    To serve, fill tumblers with ice, pour in watermelon cocktail to three-quarters full and top up with soda water.
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