Your BBQ needs this refreshing whiskey and Aperol watermelon sling

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If there's one fruit that symbolizes cookouts it is, without a doubt, the watermelon. When it comes to fruits, the undisputed king of backyard BBQs is this refreshing palate cleanser that tastes of summer. Watermelon also makes some amazing, thirst-quenching summertime cocktails.

This watermelon sling, courtesy of Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is surprisingly stiff, thanks to a shot of white whiskey, and the addition of Aperol and fresh lemon juice adds a citrusy brightness that brings out the watermelon flavor.

Finally, the soda water gives it a slight effervescence and the rosemary garnish gives it that last bit of freshness that really brings the whole thing home.

Directions for simple syrup in the recipe below, courtesy of Imbibe. Recipe and photo courtesy of The Food Channel.


  • 1½ ounces white whiskey
  • 1¼ ounce fresh watermelon juice
  • ½ ounce  simple syrup (see link above for simple syrup directions)
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ½ ounce Aperol
  • To top soda water
  • For garnish lemon wheel
  • For garnish fresh rosemary


  1. Shake all the ingredients together with ice until chilled
  2. Strain into an ice-filled glass. 
  3. Top off with soda water and garnish.


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