The Surfer Girl

Ever paired honey with watermelon juice? The mocktail combination from Jim Kearns of The Happiest Hour in New York City works wonders in concert with a little lime juice and basil. To give the sweet-savory drink some oomph, add gin, tequila or rum.

The Surfer Girl

Sweet, Savory


  • 10 to 12 basil
  • 1 oz lime
  • 1 oz honey
  • 2 oz watermelon juice
  • 2 oz spirit
  • Basil


Step one

Add the lime juice, honey, watermelon juice and basil to a shaker and fill with ice. (To make a boozy version of this drink, halve the measurements for the lime juice, honey, watermelon juice and basil, and add in the spirit of your choice.)

Step two

Shake and strain into a coupe glass.

Step three

Garnish with a basil leaf.

Contributed by Jim Kearns