Watermelon Rind Cordial

Kelsey Ramage | Toronto

Despite being a key element in many easy-drinking cocktails, watermelon is more finicky than one might imagine. “The pink flesh doesn’t sit well in drinks,” says Kelsey Ramage, of the sustainability-minded Trash Collective, describing the way watermelon’s “pink scum” tends to float atop drinks. Watermelon juice, meanwhile, is a delicate ingredient that, when mixed with alcohol, tends to change or “burn.” Trash Collective’s Watermelon Rind Cordial provides a solution to these issues, while making use of rinds that would otherwise be considered waste.


  • 200 grams watermelon rinds, washed and cut into 2- to 4-inch pieces
  • 200 grams watermelon rinds, washed and cut into 2- to 4-inch pieces
  • 400 grams sugar
  • 400 grams sugar

  1. In a Cambro or large container, add watermelon rinds and cover with sugar.
  2. Seal the container and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.
  3. After resting, most of the sugar should have dissolved into a liquid; stir any remaining sugar.
  4. Add the entire mixture to a blender or Vitamix, and blend until the sugar has completely dissolved. Water can be added to reach the desired consistency.
  5. Pass the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer and store in a large container. Refrigerated, this cordial has a shelf life of 1 to 2 days, and it is not recommended to batch with alcohol.

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