It's watermelon season!
Watermelons have such a light and refreshing flavor that makes them perfect for making cocktails.
Watermelon Mojito. Watermelon Margarita. Watermelon Gin Fizz. It works with nearly any spirit and is the perfect embodiment of Summer.
My produce guy hubby introduced me to Personal Watermelons this week. A small watermelon that's seven to eight inches in diameter and approximately 4-6 pounds in weight. Even with a small watermelon, I knew that no matter what I made I was going to have a lot of it. So I opted to make a punch.
Step 1: I trimmed a little off the bottom of the watermelon to make it flat. I'm going to be using the watermelon as a bowl later, so I don't want it rolling away.
Step 2: Cut a little off the top, about 1/4 of the way down. Then hollow out the body with an ice cream scoop.
Step 3: Place the watermelon flesh inside a colander over a large bowl. Then, using a potato masher, squeeze out juice.
Step 4: Strain the juice into a pitcher to remove any seeds. I was able to get about 20oz. of juice from on 4lb watermelon.
Now for the actual recipe:
16 oz. of Watermelon Juice
4 oz. Rum
1.5 oz Honey Syrup (equal parts honey and water shaken)
3 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Lime (Juiced)
Stir with ice. Strain into watermelon shell.
You may be surprised to learn that watermelon + vanilla + lime is a great flavor combination (I was).
You'll be even more surprised that you can't taste the rum (especially if its good rum). It's so subtle that you might be tempted to add more (who am I to judge?).
Insert two straws and share with a friend. Or keep it all to yourself like I did. I foresee this being a great addition to a future pool side party.
Tune in later this week when I reveal what I did with the left over watermelon flesh. We waste nothing here at Cocktail Crafty.