Empress Watermelon Slushie

What better way to beat the August heat than with a vibrant and refreshing Empress Watermelon Slushie? Crafted with Empress 1908 Gin, frozen watermelon, Aperol, fresh lemon, and honey.

I partnered with Empress 1908 Gin to mix up the Empress Watermelon Slushie recipe! Recipe and ideas are my own.

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Empress Watermelon Slushie

I love keeping a frozen drink on rotation during the summer months, and one I’ve been sipping on is the deliciously blended Empress Watermelon Slushie. It’s a simple and fun frosty concoction that features one of my top choices for gin – Empress 1908 Gin. Crafted using a unique blend of eight botanicals including butterfly pea blossom, ginger root, and juniper berries, this indigo-hued gin is a favorite to mix with. Frozen watermelon cubes, Aperol, gin, fresh lemon, and a touch of honey come together in a snap for this refreshing cocktail. This recipe serves 3-4, so it’s perfect for hosting a few more summertime BBQs!

Tell Me More About Empress Gin

Empress 1908 Gin originates from the Victoria Distillers in British Columbia and it’s crafted with 8 botanicals including juniper, grapefruit peel, butterfly pea blossoms, and the Fairmont Empress Blend Tea in small batch copper-pots. Click here to find out more about Empress 1908 Gin’s brand story and their inspiration behind the spirit.

Ingredients for the Empress Watermelon Slushie

  • Empress 1908 Gin: Crafted through micro-distillation in small copper pots, this gin is botanical forward and perfectly complements the other ingredients!
  • Frozen Cubed Watermelon: Frozen watermelon lends its juicy sweetness and vibrant color to the cocktail.
  • Aperol: Aperol balances the drink’s flavors and brings a hint of orange zest.
  • Lemon Juice: Fresh lemon juice is best for adding a zing to this slushie. Lime or bottled lemon works too.
  • Honey: A touch of honey adds a delicate sweetness. I like Nature Nate’s.
  • Garnish: Elevate the presentation with watermelon, a sprig of fresh mint, and a citrusy lemon slice.

How to Make the Empress Watermelon Slushie

Whipping up this slushie is quick and easy! Cubing and freezing your watermelon will take the most time. Add frozen watermelon cubes, ice, Empress 1908 Gin, Aperol, lemon juice, and honey into a blender. Blend until smooth. Divide into your favorite glasses and garnish with watermelon, a sprig of mint, and a zesty lemon slice before enjoying immediately!

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Empress Watermelon Slushie

Blended with Empress 1908 Gin, frozen watermelon, Aperol, lemon juice, and honey, this libation is sure to cool you down on any hot August day!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: aperol, frozen cocktail, Gin, summer cocktail, summer cocktail recipe, Watermelon Cocktail
Yield: 4


  • Blender
  • 3-4 Glasses


  • 3-4 frozen cubed watermelon
  • 1/2 cup Empress 1908 Gin
  • 1/4 cup Aperol
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 cups ice
  • For garnish: watermelon, mint, lemon


  • Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Divide into glasses. If desired, garnish with watermelon, mint and lemon. Enjoy immediately.

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