Watermelon Juice

So easy and so refreshing.

-Take the rind off of 1 watermelon (you don’t have to be too careful taking all of it off as some rind is fine).

-Roughly cut into 2 inch chunks, don’t worry about the seeds.

-Add the chunks to a blender and blend until liquefied. If your blender has a tamper use it.

-Strain through a mesh strainer or drink as is.

-Yummy over ice with lime and/or vodka.

Watermelon Cucumber Cooler

-Take the rind off of and then cut up 1 large or 2 small watermelons.

-Set a large fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl or pitcher.

-In a food processor or blender, puree watermelon.

-Pour watermelon puree through sieve, pressing on solids with a rubber spatula (you should have about 2 cups juice).

-Peel then cut 1 cucumber into chunks.

-Puree cucumber and then pour through sieve into watermelon juice.

-In a small bowl or measuring cup, stir together 1/4 cup lime juice and 2 TBS honey.

-Add to watermelon and cucumber juices, along with 2/3 cup vodka.

-Adjust sweetness with more honey if desired.

-To serve, fill four glasses with ice and top each with cocktail.

-Garnish with cucumber slices.

Tomatillo Bloody Mary

Light and citrusy, this drink can be refrigerated for up to 4 hours. Pour over ice before serving.

-Take the skins off of 1 pound of tomatillos, then rinse them well.

-Roughly chop them.

-Peel 1 large cucumber and roughly chop.

-De-seed 1 jalapeno pepper.

-Puree the following together until smooth:

The juice from 2 limes

1 TBS sugar

A generous pinch of cayenne pepper

½ tsp salt

The tomatillos

The cucumber

The jalapeno

¾ cup cold water

-Stir in 1 cup chilled vodka.

-Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.

To serve, stir together 2 tsp salt and ½ tsp cayenne pepper on a small plate.

-Wet the rims of 4 glasses with a lime wedge and dip each in salt mixture, turning to coat.

-Stir Tomatillo mixture well, and divide among 4 ice-filled glasses.

The Green Lantern

-In a blender, puree the following together for 1 minute:

1 cup flat leaf parsley leaves

The zest from 2 limes

½ cup fresh lime juice

1 cup cold water

½ cup sugar

-Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large glass-measuring cup. 

-Add ice to 6 glasses and divide mixture between glasses. 

-Add a shot of gin or vodka if you wish, and top with:

Club soda

A lime slice

A small sprig of parsley

The Bee’s Knees, a Lavender and Gin Martini

From Bon Appetit, March 2005, a gin martini recipe that sounds yummy. 

-Mix ¼ cup hot water with 1 tsp lavender blossoms. Let steep 5 minutes.

-Whisk in ¼ cup honey and then strain with a fine mesh sieve into another bowl.

-Add 3 TBS honey syrup 6 TBS gin and 2 TBS lemon juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

-Shake well and strain into 2 chilled martini glasses.

-Serves 2.

Watermelon Margaritas

-Cut 1 watermelon into ½ inch chunks (easier to blend when frozen).

-Put cut watermelon on a cookie sheet and place in freezer and freeze solid, about 1-2 hours.

-Remove watermelon and place in a plastic bag, keep in the freezer until ready to mix your drinks.

-Place the following ingredients in your blender:

3 TBS fresh lime juice

6 ounces silver tequila

2 ounces Cointreau or triple sec

1.5 cups water

2.5 cups frozen watermelon

-Puree until smooth.

-Garnish with a watermelon wedge if you wish.

 

Frozen Watermelon, Lime and Tequila Cocktail

-Freeze 3.5 cups of 1-inch watermelon cubes for at least 4 hours.

-Add the following to a blender:

The frozen watermelon

6 oz. tequila blanco

4 oz. simple syrup

2 oz. fresh lime juice

3 cups ice

Purée until smooth and very thick (mixture will loosen immediately once poured).

-Divide among glasses and garnish with watermelon wedges.