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watermelon cocktails

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.

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  1. 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):


    1. Here's a crowd pleaser:

      Watermelon Batida
      by Dan Chadwick, but surely lots of people have done this sort of thing.

      2 oz Cacha├ža
      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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      1. 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.

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        1. re: phantomdoc

          Any watermelon picking tips? I've had a lot of mediocre ones this year... My only luck has been choosing the biggest ones I can find, slicing off and discarding huge amounts, and just eating the very center part. Maybe that's just how it is..?

          1. re: davis_sq_pro

            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.

            1. re: phantomdoc

              Okay, I'll give it a try. Thanks. Link to the cleansing program? I'm kind of interested in how that works...

              1. re: davis_sq_pro

                The program that I was on predates the internet, around the infancy of the PC.
                The info I was given stated that the water in the watermelon is filtered ten thousand times by the time it gets into those cells. This was even before I became a doc.

              2. re: phantomdoc

                I agree it is all in the sound of the thump choosing a good one.

                  1. re: Chris VR

                    Too funny...

                    I've got an ear for it. Once you get the hang of it, it's really easy. You want that wunka sound that sort of indicates a lot of liquid inside... a certain squooshiness to the sound.

          2. We never eat a full watermelon so I chunk it up and freeze it. I take the frozen watermelon and throw it in a blender with some vokda. Take a sugar rimmed martini glass and get the party started.

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            1. re: aronsinvest

              Watermelon freezes well? Chunked or pureed? Sometimes watermelon freezes in my fridge if temp is too low and it's nasty so I had no idea it would freeze well for this purpose. Great!
              Can't wait to try some of these cocktail suggestions. Thanks!

            2. 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!

              1. I made this watermelon daiquiri recipe around July 4th when we had a lot of leftover watermelon, turned out pretty good.


                1. I've done a watermelon and basil drink with I think vodka or was it white rum. Can't remember. Tasted good. Possible a little lime in there as well just for the brightness of the acid

                  1. A watermelon drink served at Green Street in Cambridge, MA is the Kolb's Gem.

                    Kolb's Gem
                    3/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
                    1/2 oz Lemon Juice
                    1 chunk Watermelon (~1 oz)
                    Shake with ice and double strain into a wine glass. Top off with dry sparkling wine (~3 oz Brut Dargent Blanc de Blanc) and garnish with a small mint leaf.

                    More about this drink: http://cocktailvirgin.blogspot.com/20...

                    1. No guts, no glory.

                      Scotch Cringe aka Lavender Cadaver
                      by Neal Bodenheimer in Beta Cocktails

                      2 oz Islay Scotch, Laphroaig (10 year)
                      3/4 oz Lime juice
                      3/4 oz Simple syrup
                      1 Whole egg
                      2 cube Watermelon

                      Dry shake the egg and Lime. Muddle watermelon. Add ice and shake. Strain into ice-filled Collins glass.

                      Worth making at least once in your life, maybe even once in a while

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                        1. re: StriperGuy

                          I disagree. Despite the name and its sickly hue that gave it the secondary name, it is a rather tasty cocktail that works. I have only had one drink from Rogue/Beta Cocktails that did not work for me. I definitely remember it being a pleasing drink when we made it 2 years ago:

                          1. re: yarm

                            Wuss. You made it with Famous Grouse, rather than Laphroig 10. ;)

                            It *is* much better than it sounds, although the mouthfeel is a bit alum-ish. I need to try it again myself.

                            1. re: yarm

                              Sorry, you cocktail geeks can sing it's praises all you want, but you will NEVER convince me to try single malt scotch, watermelon juice, and raw egg together. Just plain dumb honestly. Like 6 year olds in the kitchen mixing ketchup, leftover meatloaf, cornflakes, toothpaste, raspberry jam, and peanut butter. You can knock yourselves out with this one.

                              I trust my gustatory gut too well to try something that goes so strongly against it. I'll eat sago palm grubs, raw liver, fermented anything before I will drink that!

                              You can dilly dally all you want with cute cocktail parlour tricks, but to quote Cheech and Chong, if it looks like it, smells like it, it just might be...

                                1. re: yarm

                                  Sorry I was mostly just having fun being an idiot. My apologies.

                                  1. re: StriperGuy

                                    No need. We all were smiling, I'm sure.

                                    Maybe you should try to be a judge on Chopped. ;)

                                2. re: StriperGuy

                                  Other than the toothpaste that actually doesn't sound half bad.

                            2. re: EvergreenDan

                              I know I'm going to get hammered for asking, but how does one "dry shake" an egg? I assume this means without the Laphroaig, but ....

                              1. re: hawkeyeui93

                                It means to shake first without the ice, then add the ice and shake some more. The pre-shake is supposed to help emulsify things a bit.

                                1. re: davis_sq_pro

                                  And, yes, it does seem to be poor word choice for cocktail jargon.