The Katinka

Mixed by Katinka Berghuis on October 21, 2016


I wanted to create something fresh yet nostalgic. Being reminded of my childhood where my friends and I sat out in the sun eating fruits and having no care in the world, drawing on the peels and giving them faces, I searched for something watermelon-y. This led me to finding this lovely cocktail, 'The Merchant's Wife', which I like to believe is based on the poem "The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter”, by Ezra Pound. In this poem the character looks back to the past with fond memories in a sweet and charming way.

What’s not to love?


  • 2 chunks watermelon
  • 1 part gin
  • 1 part club soda
  • 0.5 parts simple syrup
  • 0.5 parts Aperol
  • 0.5 parts lemon juice


Muddle the watermelon chunks and simple syrup together in a cocktail shaker. Add the remaining ingredients, fill shaker with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain over into a wine glass filled with crushed ice and serve garnished with a wedge of watermelon.