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Watermelon “Martini”

12-Feb-2005

Over the last couple days I’ve been twiddling around with the little watermelon puree cubes I made from the leftover watermelon from the Winter Brunch.  I’ve come up with a little mixture that is good right now and will be wonderful to sip on a warm spring day while enjoying a bit of sunshine.  I’ve been thinking of ways to enhance it but this is the basic recipe. In the future I’ll probably experiment with lemon or mandarin vodka, maybe a little triple sec or a bit of champagne. 

Purists will tell you that this is a "martini-style cocktail", NOT a martini.  A true martini contains only gin (the original) or vodka, vermouth and olive – the actual olive or juice.  Even when you just change the olive to a cocktail onion it’s no longer a martini but a Gibson. 

Maybe we’ll just rename it all together to avoid the issue!  How about "Melondy" as this melon concoction will surely make you sing! :-)  Whatever you want to call it, here it is. 

Melondy

  • 2 oz watermelon puree (if you’ve made ice cubes let them soften a little and mash them with a muddler or fork)
  • 1 oz lime sweet and sour (see note below)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 oz vodka

Place all ingredients in shaker filled with ice.  Shake until thoroughly chilled and then strain into chilled martini glass. 

Note:  For fresh lime sweet and sour, first make a simple syrup of equal parts sugar and water.  Bring to a boil then simmer for 2 minutes.  Cool.  Combine equal parts simple syrup and fresh squeezed lime juice to make fresh lime sweet and sour.  Simple syrup will hold indefinitely at room temperature.  Once you’ve added fruit juice, refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.

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