Can't get enough watermelon this summer, but never used it for cocktails. Any favorite watermelon cocktail recipes out there? Refreshing without a lot of exotic ingredients preferred. Not even sure what spirits would be best. Tequila, vodka, or...?? Thanks.
My wife found a watermelon margarita recipe that's been a hit over the holiday weekend. The interesting part is that you cut up the watermelon and freeze it, then blend it to get a slushy drink. I'm usually strictly a rocks margarita drinker but this works out well.
Here's the link (we used a seedless watermelon and substituted simple syrup for the sugar):
Here's a crowd pleaser:
by Dan Chadwick, but surely lots of people have done this sort of thing.
2 oz Cachaça
1/2 oz Lime juice
1/4 oz Simple syrup (or more to taste)
1 oz Watermelon (pureed with immersion blender)
1 spg Mint (muddled)
Puree watermelon, muddle mint, add ingredients, shake w/ ice, fine strain. Rocks. Low-ball
This would also work with white rum, or a white agricole rhum, if cachaca isn't your thing.
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I am a true watermelon freak. When I cut up a melon, I put the center sweet heart in containers for eating and drinking, and the outer parts cubed in 1" pieces in a plastic bag to freeze. I put center pieces in blender to about 1/2 full. I then blend in frozen chunks to consistency i want. Let the blender go for a few minutes because it will melt ice crystals and then they refreeze making the drink smoother. It does not matter if the melon has seeds or not. I then add Goslings Black Seal Bermuda rum. 80 proof dark stuff. It has the full flavor that is from the rum baba of my youth. Rich caramel molasesey flavors. For a variation you can add frozen banana to make it more ice creamy although it has no fat or dairy. The water content of watermelon has the strange property of being absorbed by the body much faster than water and it will take the alcohol in for the ride. It is a great drink to serve without alcohol on a hot day especially after a workout. Quick and refreshing way to re-hydrate. You can drink a lot of it without feeling full because it has such a quick uptake.
I have been on crazy cleansing programs that have included watermelon fasting. One summer while training to run the NYC marathon I was on such a regimen. I would easily go through 40 -50 pounds of watermelon in the course of a weekend.
The way to find a good watermelon is to thump it with a flat opened palm and let the palm sit on the melon after the hit. You want to feel an actual vibration that can last for a half second or more. It is a learned technique that takes some practice. Slap it and let your palm rest. Feel the good vibrations, you will be rewarded with the best melon in the crate. It might not always be sweet, but you will get the best of the bunch if you find the bass drum resonace.
I usually puree watermelon and freeze for future use in this cocktail. Add rum, a tablespoon of cream of coconut, pureed watermelon and ice in a blender and blend away. Not overly sweet, and great for the middle of winter doldrums!