Its Summer!!! I have been MIA for a couple weeks, but I am back! Getting kids home from school, finishing finals, which by the way I feel like I took 7th grade finals-good lord, it has just been a busy couple of weeks. But I am going to get back at it and my first post for you guys is a summery and REALLY refreshing Watermelon Martini. This thing is DELICIOUS and DANGEROUS!
It is SO easy to make and even easier if you can find pre-made watermelon juice like I can at Central Market. I bet you could find it at Wegmans (East Coast), Draegers (West Coast) or any high end grocery store. But if you can’t find watermelon juice you can make it very easily. All you do it take 5-6 cups of cut up seedless watermelon and put in a blender and puree. Then strain through a fine mesh strainer and voila you have watermelon juice.
Another ingredient you need is Simple Syrup. And as the name suggests it is very simple. You can buy this in any liquor store or grocery store or you can make it very easily. It is equal parts water and sugar heated until the sugar is dissolved and chilled until ready to use.
Watermelon juice is delicious on its own and very hydrating, but adding vodka makes it even better, duh!
Hope you enjoy this cocktail and enjoy these summer days we have ahead of us.
A refreshing cocktail made with the sweet juice of ripe watermelon is the perfect way to enjoy a lazy summer day.
- 1/2 cup vodka
- 1 cup watermelon juice
- 1 Tablespoon simple syrup
- Juice of 1/2-1 lime depending on how juicy your lime is
- 2 watermelon triangles for garnish
In a cocktail shaker combine all ingredients except garnish. Shake for 20-30 seconds. Strain into martini glasses and garish with watermelon wedge.
Homemade Simple Syrup
Bring 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Allow sugar to dissolve and wait for the liquid to turn clear. Turn heat off. Allow to cool and store in refrigerator for up to 4 weeks. This makes about 1 1/2 cups simple syrup.