Hi guys! Popping in while I’m on vacation with a quick recipe post for Recipe Redux, sharing this fun summer inspired watermelon cocktail. This month’s theme is...
Showers and celebrations with friends abound this time of year. Show us your healthy, colorful drink concoctions for festivities like bridal showers and graduation celebrations.
While I’m not really big on cocktails (wine and hoppy or sour beers are more my thing), I do make some exceptions. Especially for things that are fruity, a little bit sour and not too strong ;) And of course, when I'm entertaining I like to whip up something fancy.
This watermelon mint cocktail is perfect for sipping outside on hot summer days and it's a crowd pleaser so perfect for entertaining. When I get back from this trip, I’m hoping my husband has our new hammock set up in the backyard where I’ll definitely set up for the afternoon with this cocktail and a good book (or more likely, work emails).
This drink is kind of a riff on chia fresca, a fruity Mexican drink made by blending thinned fruit juice with chia seeds. The chia doesn’t change the taste, it just makes it look prettier and more watermelon-like.
To make this, get a super sweet and ripe summer watermelon, preferably one from the farmers market, your backyard, or one sold off the side of the road, because those taste SO much better than the ones you’ll find a grocery store, even when it’s in season. As with tomatoes, this is one food where it really makes a difference. If not, here’s an easy trick to finding a good watermelon – look for one with a creamy or pale green spot on the rind. That means it’s ripened before picking.
Watermelon Mint Cocktail
Serves: Makes 4-6 ish
1/4th of a large watermelon, cut into cubes, seeded
1 – 1 ½ cups coconut water
Juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon chia seeds
Vodka or rum
Add watermelon, coconut water, lime juice and honey to a blender. Puree until well combined. Add a little more coconut water if needed to get it moving.
Place a fine mesh sieve over a pitcher. Carefully pour the watermelon puree through the sieve. If you don’t mind a little pulp, skip this step. After straining, stir in the chia seeds.
Add a sprig of mint leaves to the bottom of a tall glass. With a muddler or spoon, smash lightly to release it’s aroma. Add ice, a splash of vodka or rum, and top off with watermelon puree.
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