Bitter Melon and Gin

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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1/2 cup rice wine vinegar 

3 tablespoons sugar 

1 cup diced bitter melon, seeds reserved 

Kosher salt 

1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced 

1/3 lemon, zested 

5 blackberries 

5 blueberries 

2 cherries, pitted

4 ounces gin, chilled 

2 fresh mint sprigs, for garnish 


  1. Heat up the rice wine vinegar, 1/4 cup water, the sugar and diced bitter melon in a saucepan. Cook until the sugar dissolves and the flavors combine. Then remove from the heat and cool.
  2. Add a pinch of salt to the bitter melon seeds and toast in a pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the apples, lemon zest, berries, cherries and toasted seeds.
  4. Divide the fruit between two cocktail glasses. Add the gin to both glasses, a couple tablespoons of bitter melon simple syrup and garnish with a sprig of mint.
  5. Eat the salad and enjoy your gin at the same time.