Nothing says summer like watermelon.
(You’ve got to put it in an ice chest covered in ice, slice it, and salt it like there’s no tomorrow–
that’s the perfect melon!)
Growing up my Poppaw grew tons of watermelons.
I always think of him everytime I buy a melon.
He would sell them on the side of the road in our little home town.
Now, whenever I see someone selling watermelons by the side of the road,
I feel obliged to stop and buy one.
These are usually the best ones, too.
I knew this week I was going to have to come up with a watermelon cocktail in honor of my Poppaw and summer.
(Poppaw didn’t drink–very strict Southern Baptist, but I don’t think he will judge–
he was crazy about me!!)
This particular watermelon was exceptionally sweet.
I thought that it would be perfect paired with lime.
I wanted to “kind of” copy the wonderfulness that is
(My favorite drink stop.)
and recreate a limeade (also my favorite).
Sweet and tart–a great flavor combo.
makes 1 cocktail
6 ounces watermelon juice
3 ounces vodka
3 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
1 ounce simple syrup (to taste–depending on the sweetness of your melon)
lime wedge for garnish
Juice watermelon in a juicer or liquify in a blender. In a cocktail shaker, filled with ice, add the watermelon juice, vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup. Shake until well mixed and pour into a chilled glass or over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.
**This drink is meant to be tart, however, add sweetener according to your taste.