Watermelons are an essential summertime fruit. Whether you’re at a BBQ or an outdoor café, chances are watermelon will be on the menu in some shape or form. And why not? On any sweltering day all anyone wants is to feel refreshed, and what other fruit could be more hydrating? After all, the melon is 90% water, hence its name. Still, we feel the watermelon opens many flavorful doors, and not just for food—but also for alcoholic beverages. Drop a slice in a watermelon infused brew, squeeze some lime into watermelon sangria, or fill up a watermelon keg with any drink of your dreams—any way you do it, definitely celebrate the boozy potential of this fine fruit.
Vodka and Watermelon Cooler (6 servings)
- 3 lbs. watermelon, rind and seeds removed
- ½ cup vodka
- ¼ cup Triple Sec
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- A few thin slices of watermelon for garnish
Puree the watermelon pieces in a blender and then strain into a pitcher, discarding the solids. There should be about 2 and 1/3 cup of juice. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and pour into ice-filled glasses. Garnish each drink with a watermelon slice.
Recipe found on epicurious.com
Watermelon Mojito (6 servings)
- 30 fresh mint leaves
- 3 to 4 thick slices of watermelon
- 12 oz. light rum
- ½ cup simple syrup
- 6 Tbsp. fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)
- sprigs of mint for garnish
Muddle the mint leaves in a bowl. Discard the rind and seeds from the watermelon and puree in a blender. In a large pitcher, mix together the mashed mint, 2 cups of pureed watermelon, rum, simple syrup, and lime juice. Pour mixture into ice-filled glasses and garnish with a sprig of mint.
Recipe found on foodnetwork.com