Unapologetically Me

Here is the interpretation of the girly drink by Adaina Smyth from Montreal. Unapologetically Me is a fresh cocktail featuring romeo’s gin X, watermelon, a basil, mint and feta syrup, amongst other delicious ingredients.

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“I instantly thought of a watermelon and feta salad when I first tasted romeo’s gin X.  There was something about the freshness of the salad that really inspired me.  I also like the idea of using items we would find in our own fridge.  I was really determined to use the feta cheese brine in this drink as it would add a lovely umami texture and feel to the drink.  When added to the syrup, it truly aided in balancing the drink and creating this excellent length in the finish.” –Adaina Smyth

Duality, protest, non-conformism, all symbols at the heart of the Quebec artist Miss Me’s work, but also very present in the co-creation between her and romeo’s gin: romeo’s gin X, the anti-pink gin. For the International Women’s Day, we want to highlight 10 amazing Canadian women bartenders for whom these concepts are commonplace. They are showing us their vision of  the #girlydrinks through meaningful, creative and decadent cocktails, that can be enjoyed by both men and women. They also share their stories as women in the industry, without censorship. Pink but not what you think. For all the recipes and the interview, click here.



  • 2 oz of romeo’s gin X
  • ¼ oz of Sivo Shaman 
  • 3 chunks of watermelon (1po x 1po)
  • ¾ oz of lime juice
  • ¾ oz of basil, mint and feta syrup
  • 1 full pipette of Noroi emulsifier (or 1 egg white)
  • Garnish: Mint Flower (optional)


  • ¾ cup of water
  • ¼ cup of feta brine (the water feta cheese rests in)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 5 basil leaves


  • Nick & Nora glass
  • Shaker
  • Muddler
  • Cocktail strainer
  • Cocktail sieve
  • Ice


Basil, mint and feta syrup

  • Add water, feta brine, basil and mint to a pot and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, add sugar and stir to combine.  Bring back to boil and let simmer for 5 min.
  • Strain out the herbs and bring to room temperature.
  • Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.


  • Place the watermelon pieces in a shaker tin and muddle well.
  • Add the other ingredients to the shaker.
  • Shake vigorously for 10 seconds, without ice.
  • Add ice and shake for another 10 seconds.
  • Double strain through a cocktail strainer and sieve, into a Nick and Nora glass.
  • Garnish with a fresh mint flower. (optional)

Meet Adaina Smyth, Montreal mixologist and bar chef at Les Cousins. Discover her cocktail creations with romeo's gin!

Adaina Smyth

Meet Adaina Smyth, Montreal mixologist and bar chef at Les Cousins. Discover her cocktail creations with romeo’s gin!

The watermelon makes romeo’s gin X a fruity pink gin, perfectly balanced and deliciously refreshing.

romeo’s gin x

The watermelon distillate makes romeo’s gin X a fruity gin, perfectly balanced and deliciously refreshing. A collaboration between romeo’s gin and artist Miss Me.