Bar Talk: Tsunami

By Published: March 21, 2019 4:00 AM CT
<strong>A Gardener&rsquo;s Daughter made by Tsunami&rsquo;s Ben McWhorter.</strong> (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

A Gardener’s Daughter made by Tsunami’s Ben McWhorter. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

At Tsunami, 928 Cooper, the Gardener’s Daughter couldn’t be simpler – except for the name, which owner Ben Smith can’t seem to remember. It’s vodka, fresh watermelon juice and lime juice with a sprig of mint.

Bartender Ben McWhorter pulls it together in less than a minute; the only work is getting fresh watermelon juice ready ahead of time. Do it by putting chunks of seedless watermelon in a food processor or a blender, then straining it to get the pulp out. If you use a blender, you’ll incorporate air in the juice and make the color lighter, but as it settles it’ll go back to a bright red.

Remember you heard it here first: Vodka is the tofu of the spirits world. And it might be the only place you ever hear it.

The Gardener’s Daughter


1 ½ ounces vodka

2 ounces fresh watermelon juice

Squeeze of lime

Mint to garnish


Pour vodka over ice, top with watermelon juice, squeeze in lime juice and garnish with mint.


Bar Talk Tsunami Ben Smith
Jennifer Biggs

Jennifer Biggs

Jennifer Biggs is a native Memphian and veteran food writer and journalist who covers all things food, dining and spirits related for The Daily Memphian.

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