Fruit Cocktails by Wataru Matsumoto: 13-Leaf Ginger & Watermelon

Service: very professional and friendly.
Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall.
Prices: reasonable, good value.
Strong points: Fruit cocktails. Cozy and a comfortable, for ladies and gentlemen alike.

This is the thirteenth recipe of a (hopefully long) series of cocktails concocted by Wataru Matsumoto, owner/bartender at BOTANICAL (Comfort bar) in Shizuoka City.
No worries about copyrights as Mr. Matsumoto is only too happy to share his secrets!

Now this cocktail conceived as a kind of Salty Dog is very much a Shizuoka-style cocktail as the leaf ginger and watermelon were grown in our Prefecture!


-Fresh leaf Ginger: 1 (if unavailable use as fresh a root as possible or pure ginger juice)
-Watermelon 1 wedge
-Beefeater gin: 1 measure
-Ice cubes : 1~2 large


-Apply salt over the rim of a large glass like one in the picture above. Drop large cubes of ice in it.

-Grate the fresh leaf ginger to extract its juice.

-Cut the watermelon into small pieces (discard the seeds!)
Reduce to pulp (you must be able to almost “eat” the watermelon.

-In a large tumbler pour the gin, leaf ginger juice and watermelon.
Mix well and pour over the ice for a good chill.

A very refereshing cocktail for hot days and nights.
Beware, it tends to disappear quickly!LOL

BOTANICAL (Comfort Bar)
420-0082 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Ryogae-cho, 1-6-13, Shade Bldg, 1F
Tel.: 054-221-8686
Opening hours: 17:00~01:00
Closed on Mondays.
Credit Cards OK


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7 thoughts on “Fruit Cocktails by Wataru Matsumoto: 13-Leaf Ginger & Watermelon”

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  2. Robert-Gilles, I have forgotten to boast I have prepared your cocktail and posted it on Friday. It was delicious and so refreshing! (I have only forgotten to put the salt on the rim, will do this next time). I am looking forward to see the nr 15 (nr 14 is impossible to copy here, jaboticaba doesn’t grow in Switzerland alas).


  3. I must go and buy a watermelon tomorrow. It is original and I can imagine it disappears quickly 😉 It will change from my yesterday’s margarita! Thank you!
    Your post makes me think about the Japanese series “The Bartender”. It was very amusing and they always had huge pieces of ice (I have never seen in Europe). I am impatient to see the following recipes!


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