Watermelon juice: in the running to be the new summer mixer?

Thursday, June 23, 2011
While my apartment is not really ready for hosting friends, I get a little restless during the summer if I don't get enough socialization. I'm hoping most of the people who have been suggesting a happy hour outing lately will be willing to stick close to home and come enjoy adult beverages on my beautiful balcony (while saving money!)

I'll usually keep a bottle of wine or a six pack of beer around, but the warmer weather definitely has me craving cocktails (and technically you get more bang for your buck, which fits into my super tight budget at the moment.) I figured vodka was a decently adaptable base booze to start with and I could change it up with different juices when I got too bored with one flavor. Greyhounds and vodka lemonades have become my go-to drinks when I'm
out, but when I made a stop at the juice section the other day I found a newer juice flavor I felt I had to try: watermelon.

It's so new that it's not even on the Dole Juice site yet, or maybe it's just a Target-specific product but I'm excited to try it - it seems so very "summery." I found a great thread on Chowhound with some inspiring ideas, but I think the following Watermelon Martini recipe (found in numerous places on the web) will be my first foray into experimenting with this recent cocktail trend:


*1 cup watermelon juice (press watermelon through a sieve or cheesecloth, juice it in a juicer, or buy bottled watermelon juice)
*1/2 cup (4 oz) Vodka
*1/4 cup simple syrup (optional)
*juice of 1 lime
*3 tablespoons salt (optional)
*3 tablespoons sugar (optional)
*Watermelon slices, for garnish (optional)


Mix together the sugar and salt if using. Wet the rim of a chilled martini glass with a piece of watermelon. Dip the rim into the sugar and salt mixture. Repeat for other glass. Place the watermelon juice, vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker. Top with ice. Shake well. Pour contents through strainer into martini glasses. Makes 2 servings.

I can still be a Domestic Goddess even if I don't own martini glasses, RIGHT?

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