Monday, May 25, 2009

a mouthwatering watermelon cocktail

It is that time of year again when watermelons are in season. They are a staple of summer and backyard cookouts. I remember when I was a kid my dad would have all of his girls and whatever cousins happened to be over at any given time compete in a watermelon eating contest at holiday weekend cookouts. It wasn't about how much you could eat, but about how fast you could finish your slice with you hands behind your back. We all ended up sticky, smiling, and licking our lips

So, to harken back to those innocent summer days, I thought on this Memorial Day I would share with you a mouthwatering watermelon cocktail that is decidedly more adult, but will leave you smiling and licking your lips (and maybe a little sticky as well).

I received this recipe from an email from Hungry Girl. I would suggest at least doubling the recipe as this only makes one (big) drink. And if you are like me, your manly hubby will be begging for one of your pink and fruity girly drinks once he has one (big) sip. Or, if you are making it for a party, I would suggest making a huge batch as they will go fast! Also, it is easier to make if you buy a seedless watermelon from the start. We found an small one at our local farmers market, along with the limes, all for under three bucks! Plus, the mint came from my new herb garden.

For one cocktail you need the following:
3/4 cup of watermelon chunks, seeds removed
1 shot of rum (as big as you like)
1 lime
3-4 mint sprigs
2 splendas
5-7 ice cubes

To make the world's most refreshing and addictive watermelon cocktail, start by slicing your lime in half. Cut one half into wedges and place them in a cocktail shaker. Squeeze the juice from the other half. Add in the mint and the splendas (or sugar if you prefer and don't care about counting calories). Bruise with a muddler or an ice tea spoon. Shake and set aside. In a blender combine the watermelon chunks, ice, and rum in your blender. Once your are finished, pout the lime mixture into a large glass and top with the watermelon blend. Stir and enjoy!

I promise you will not be disappointed. This drink is super refreshing on a warm summer night. You could even leave out the rum and make a "pregatini" if you can't have alcohol right now. It would still be mouthwatering. Either way, happy Memorial Day!

12 comments:

  1. yum! i love watermelon "smoothies" (crushed ice and ripe watermelon blended)...so i bet these are excellent!

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  2. okay, yummy! I am loving summer cocktails right now, and will have to add this to the list...

    unfortunately, after too many rum & diet cokes in college, I really can't stomach the stuff. I'm thinking to substitute vodka? would that work or is the rum flavor really prominent here?

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  3. i think vodka would be fine. you can't really taste the rum at all (til you get to very bottom) which is why it is so dangerous!

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  4. I wouldnt do straight vodka here in place of the rum. Try Smirnoff Watermelon or maybe Malibu rum...?

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  5. I donno, vodka with lots of water (ie:watermelon) doesn't fly. At least for meeeee

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  6. smirnoff watermelon sounds great, but i can only attest to the rum, which was wonderful and not noticeable in the drink.

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  7. That looks so refreshing, perfect for these warm days!!

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  8. Love the light refreshing color...welcome drink for summer !

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  9. This sounds delicious! Can't wait to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

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  10. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I just made my first watermelon cocktail and it turned out great. I was always hesitant to try it but now I'm so happy that I did :)

    Rowena
    Great data for Bear Viewing

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