Chinese Water Dragon

Chinese Water Dragon - a REAL Kombucha, non-alcoholic cocktail

“As the weather gets warmer, I thought I’d use one of my favourite summer fruits, watermelon, mixed with Seedlip Grove 42, fresh lemon juice and finished with REAL Dry Dragon. Citrusy, simple and delicious.” – Dan Whiteside

When Dan Whiteside, the author and mixologist behind Mixed In Minutes, put together this non-alcoholic kombucha cocktail for us, we were delighted. However, one thing eluded us, and that was a decent name for his creation. So, we decided to have a bit of fun and put it to our Instagram followers – a creative crowd who did not disappoint.

We received a bucketload of great suggestions, all of which are part of this Instagram post, and the decision making certainly wasn’t easy. Ultimately, we chose Chinese Water Dragon, a particularly creative name created by a London-based foodie called @thefernfeed (we recommend following her page for some really tasty tips on some delicious-looking eateries).

What we liked about Chinese Water Dragon was how it pays tribute to the origin of the tea we use to make Dry Dragon (the exquisite Dragon Well green tea from Long Jing, China), while at the same time giving a nod to that important, refreshing hit of water melon.

Huge thanks to Dan for the recipe, and to Fern for the name. Scroll down to discover the recipe.




Time and serving

  • Prep time – 15 mins
  • Make time – 2 mins
  • Serves – 1




  • 75ml REAL Dry Dragon
  • 50ml Seedlip Grove 42
  • 20ml fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup of watermelon chunks (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup of caster sugar
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • frozen watermelon slice




  1. First, make the watermelon syrup. Heat the watermelon chunks, caster sugar and water in a pan until the sugar is dissolved. Simmer for 10 minutes and strain the liquid into a clean glass bottle or container.
  2. Add the Seedlip Grove 42, lemon juice and watermelon syrup to a highball glass.
  3. Stir and fill with ice.
  4. Top with REAL Dry Dragon.
  5. Add more ice if needed to fill the glass.
  6. Serve on a hot day and enjoy.