Start mellowing with melon by making the Watermelon Fizz cocktail from Bar Bianco.

Watermelon Fizz

Written by Shelby Moore Category: Drink Issue: August 2017
Group Free

$12 @ Bar Bianco
623 E. Adams St., Phoenix
Photo by Angelina Aragon.

While citrus soaks up most of the agricultural attention in Arizona, our melon game is pretty strong, too – particularly in the summer, when watermelons are harvested.  

They also happen to match well with booze – a fact well-known to the mixologists of Bar Bianco, who have leveraged their melon love into a season-long cocktail special: the fruit-forward and fennel-tickled Watermelon Fizz. 

Feeling fizzy? Muddle eight ½-inch cubes of watermelon flesh in a cocktail shaker and then pour in 1 oz. gin (go local and choose CaskWerks), ¼ oz. each of lemon and lime juice, and 1 ½ oz. fennel syrup*, and fill with ice. Shake and double-strain into a wine glass filled with ice, and top with dry Prosecco. Garnish with a sprig of mint and start mellowin’ with melon.

*To make: Roughly chop one medium to large bulb of fennel, and cover with 1 cup of sugar in a bowl. Let rest for one hour. Transfer to a pot and add 1 cup of water. Bring to a light boil, turn heat to low, and let simmer for 30 minutes. Strain out the solid fennel and let cool. 

— Shelby Moore