Thanks in part to the “Mixologist” episode on Portlandia, I’m lately digging on a new breed of beverage. I normally like to drink Chardonnay, but in the summer with so many seasonal fruits available, it’s so fun to make something special on the weekend to sit and sip on in the backyard with my favorite drinking buddy (Jared).
So here’s what I’ve been sipping on this week! It’s a Watermelon Lime Mint Cooler. It’s loosely based on this recipe for a martini:
I think my recipe is better than a martini because:
A) It’s hard to lay down in a hammock with a martini glass in your hand.
B) Martinis will get you very drunk very quickly and can be dangerous if combined with the heat of the sun.
This is my five-step program to drinking responsibly in your backyard:
Remove the rind and cut up pieces of half of a seedless watermelon.
Blend the watermelon in a blender or use a stick blender (my favorite).
Strain the juice out. You can either use a strainer, cheesecloth, or my favorite; a paint straining bag. You can buy these little bags at Lowes or wherever for less than $5, and they work fantastically for making your own juice! I sold my juicer and use these instead because they’re so cheap and easy to clean and reuse.
Juice 1 lime.
Throw the watermelon juice, lime juice, a few mint sprigs, a tablespoon or two of agave nectar, 1-2 cups of water, and 3-4 shots of vodka into a pitcher. Let the flavors mingle in the fridge for an hour or so, then serve in a glass of ice and sip away!