I love my girlfriends and making the move to Virgin Gorda, far away from them all, was tough. After we relocated, it was a challenge for me to find a girlfriend locally to spend time with. Yes, I have my husband and he is my best friend but… girlfriends are different. You can talk to your girlfriends about things that would not excite a husband (or, at least my husband). I think girlfriends can understand you on a different level than a man ever can. Also, they are wonderful listeners.

Two people sitting on a beach holding Women on the Rock {A Caribbean Cocktail}

It was almost a year and a half after our move that I met my friend Chrissann here on Virgin Gorda. Originally from Northern California, Chrissann moved down to the Caribbean almost 9 years ago. For the first 5 years, she lived on St. Thomas and then moved over to Saba Rock to be with her now-boyfriend.

Person carrying a tray of Cocktails surrounded leaves and a chair in the background

Chrissann and I clicked almost as soon as we met. It was one of those “love at first sight” kind of friendships, mainly because we had so many things in common. She, too, used to be a hotelier, left her country to experience a different culture, was in a relationship, and most importantly – living here.

However, I think the biggest connection that we have in common is that we both have blogs. Like me, Chrissann started her blog last year and has been enjoying writing it ever since. The best part of it is that she is very well aware of the challenges that come with maintaining and promoting a blog. After spending months to start a blog, it was such a fresh breath of air for me to meet her. I felt like there was finally someone out there who understood what I was going through.

Two Women on the Rock A Caribbean Cocktails with garnishes on a table with a spoon

A writer herself, Chrissann created the blog Women Who Live on Rocks, which is a collaboration of many other funny women writers living on tropical islands. Women Who Live on Rocks is a place where you can read humorous articles about what it’s really like to actually live on an island – all the quirks that come with a lifestyle that are very different from simply vacationing on one.

Though it is much different than writing a food blog, a lot of the challenges we face are similar. To bounce ideas off of each other, Chrissann and I get together once a week, mostly over coffee. We enjoy these times that we spend together and feel very positive, happy, and energized after each of our dates.

This week, instead of doing our typical meeting over coffee, we decided that we would take a moment to celebrate being a “Woman Who Lives on a Rock” by creating our own signature cocktail and enjoying it on the beach, in true island-style.

It ended up being a fantastic afternoon of chatting, brainstorming, and laughing about our lives on this rock.

Ingredients for cocktail recipes including muddler and Hendricks Gin

As we were thinking about the kind of cocktail we wanted to create, I was so happy to see my favorite gin, Hendrick’s, in Chrissann’s liquor cabinet. I just love fruity, cold drinks mixed with the unique flavor of Hendrick’s.

Because we wanted to create a drink with bright Caribbean flavors, we decided to use a refreshing combination of honeydew melon, cucumbers, and limes.

We took everything out to the deck and started testing. It didn’t take us long to come up with an easy-to-make, cool, tropical cocktail for happy hour on the beach.

Person using a muddler making Caribbean Cocktails with all ingredients, tray, bowl of ice, flowers and bottle of Hendricks gin

To make this delicious cocktail, Chrissann started by muddling 4 slices of fresh cucumbers, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon lime zest with a couple of honeydew balls that she carved using a melon baller. After they released their juices and mixed thoroughly, she added the mixture into a rock glass. She stirred in a shot of Hendrick’s, 1 teaspoon of simple syrup, 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice. After adding a couple of cubes of ice and freshly cut cucumbers, she topped it off with some club soda.

We decided to call our creation, “Woman on the Rocks”. Whenever you feel like being transported into our island world, just make yourself one of these, grab your e-reader/laptop, and go to Women Who Live on Rocks to read and laugh through our often unbelievable – yet true – island adventures.

Woman on the Rocks {A Caribbean Cocktail}

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
This Lady On The Rocks Cocktail is a Caribbean cocktail recipe made by melding the crips flavors of Hendrick’s gin, honeydew melon, cucumbers and lime. It is light and refreshing for the sweltering days of summer.


  • 6 4+2 divided slices of cucumber, peeled and sliced into 1/3 inch thick slices
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 5 3+2 divided pieces honeydew balls, carved with using a melon baller
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
  • 1.5 fluid ounces 1 shot of Hendrick’s gin
  • club soda
  • 2-3 cubes of ice


  • Muddle 4 slices of cucumber, brown sugar, lime zest, and 3 balls of honeydew in a rock glass.
  • Add a shot of Hendrick’s, simple syrup, lime juice. Stir to combine.
  • Add 2-3 cubes of ice. Garnish it with slices of cucumber and honeydew balls. Top it off with club soda.
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Alcoholic Drink / Cocktail
Cuisine: American
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Woman on the Rocks

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  1. Love it! I had all of the ingredients, including the honeydew already balled in my fridge (I was pretty shocked and impressed by myself on that one). So, I made it right away:) I used Tanqueray instead of Hendricks and it still came out totally delicious. Normally I stay away from downtown St. Thomas during carnival but, I think I could handle the heat, craziness, traffic, etc. of the parade tomorrow if I had this drink in hand! Thanks for a great new drink!

    1. Hi Sophia,
      WOw… You really had honeydew already balled in your fridge?!!? Good stuff.
      I guess it is the best thing to snack on in the hot days of the Caribbean.
      I love Tanqueray as well.
      We had the Easter carnival last week.. I wish I had this drink in my hand.. LOL..
      I am so glad you liked it.

  2. 5 stars
    The photos and story (and the cocktail) want to make me trade islands just to be friends with you guys!

    1. Hi Liz,
      Which island are you living on?
      You can always come over to visit us.. We can still be friends!

  3. Ice…..amazing camera work!!!! I now know what you mean of true culinary photography!!! Just breathtaking. I especially loved the camera work of what looked like a milkshake with the cookie!!! The half eaten cookie just was so 3D!!!!!! Just amazing!!!!!! Great work!!!