Watermelon Mania!

On the drive to work one morning I saw a huge black pick-up truck filled with watermelons. I don’t know why this amused me.

Truck with Watermelons

But it got me thinking about summer and watermelon and of course, what kind of drinks you could make. We live in Florida so the search for that refreshing daytime drink is never ending. Robert is not a huge fruit drinking fan but it helped that our good friends Randy and Cindy agreed to help with this quest, so he was game.

Did you know how many drinks you could make using watermelon? On just one recipe website, Yummly.com, there were 49 different variations. In order to narrow the choices down we decided to pick two drinks that you would serve in a plastic cup. Our goal was to find a daytime drink to have by the pool. We don’t have many rules in our house. In fact, Robert always encouraged kicking a ball inside. (Apparently that was something he wasn’t allowed to do when he was a kid.) But we do have one rule that we stick to- absolutely no glass by the pool. (A good friend, who shall not be named was the cause of this rule. You know who you are!)

We decided to make one drink with vodka and one with bourbon. We used a mini seedless watermelon which I have to say was perfect. Nothing worse than wasting time picking out seeds when you want to make drinks.

Blender and Watermelon

We started with the vodka drink called Minted Watermelon cocktail. The watermelon was pureed, vodka was added along with fresh mint. It called for the ingredients to be put into a martini shaker but we opted to put it in a plastic pitcher filled with ice.

For 4 Drinks:
– 2 cups pureed watermelon
– 2 cups vodka
– 12 sprigs mint
– 1/2 cup kosher salt
Needless to say, we doubled the vodka from what the original recipe suggested. The boys opted to not have salt on their rims which ended up being what I think was a mistake. The salt contrast was fabulous. Cindy tried a sugar rim but also ended up liking the salt better.
Tip for rimming the glasses with either salt or sugar – we used the unused watermelon to wet the rims. It worked perfectly. We also used slices of the watermelon as garnish. Not only did it look good but was a nice stirrer.
Watermelon Minted Cocktail
The next cocktail was based with Bourbon.

To make one:
– 1 oz watermelon juice
– 1 oz bourbon
– club soda splash
– 2 pieces lemon

We modified the original recipe quite a bit. Mainly because it called for the bourbon to have been in the freezer overnight. Who has the patience for that? If anyone knows if that would have made a difference, please let us know. We placed the ice and lemons in a large martini shaker and poured the bourbon in first. We let that sit for a few minutes before adding the watermelon puree. Than we poured over ice. We made sure each cup had a watermelon garnish and a lemon slice.

Watermelon Bourbon & Lemon Cocktail

As you see from the three glasses, somewhere along the way we lost Cindy and managed to make a mess. Working with watermelon can get a little sticky.

Making a mess was just part of the fun and so worth it! Both drinks were delicious. Even non-fruit drink loving Robert really enjoyed them.

So we give both these drinks the rating of: Yes Please, I’ll have Another.

To find these recipes to make yourself, or for future reference, head over to our “I’ll Drink to That” section.

Cheers!

P.S. Fun fact: We live in Florida and we just learned that it is the Watermelon state. 27% of the total U.S. value ($138 million) for watermelons are produced here and there are 25,300 acres harvested.

5 Comments

  • Danielle July 2, 2014 at 2:51 am

    These look delicious! Which one did you think was better? I’m kinda digging the salt rimmed one.

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    • Kim & Robert July 2, 2014 at 2:53 am

      Hi Danielle! Yes, they were both delicious however I liked the salt rimmed. Robert liked the drink but not with salt. But he’s also the guy who loves a stiff margarita without the salt.

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  • Lisa July 9, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    …And what type of vodka does the Cocktail Couple prefer?

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  • Kim & Robert July 9, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Hi Lisa! Great Question! We do love our Vodkas. What started as a purchase for value has quickly turned into one of our preferred vodkas.. TITO’S. We like to keep one in the freezer at all times. (Thanks to our friend, Liz.) We also like Grey Goose, Kettle One, Smirnoff and Pinnacle. Smirnoff and Pinnacle are priced great. And Kim loves, loves Stoli Vanilla.
    Part of the journey for this blog will be to experience new brands and share our thoughts. Thanks for joining our happy hour. Cheers!

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  • Lisa July 11, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I recommend Tito’s and homemade lemonade.

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