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Watermelon Cocktails

  • Author: Jessie
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: Makes 4 cocktails 1x

Description

Homemade watermelon juice cocktails – like air conditioning in a cup!


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Ingredients

FOR THE WATERMELON JUICE:

  • 1 cup diced watermelon (rinds removed)

FOR THE WATERMELON COCKTAILS:

  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs (plus extra for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup watermelon juice (see above)
  • 4 small lemon wedges (optional, for garnish)
  • 4 small watermelon slices (optional, for garnish)

Instructions

FOR THE WATERMELON JUICE:

  1. Place chopped watermelon in a food processor. Blend until watermelon is smooth.
  2. Place a wire strainer over a large mixing bowl and strain watermelon juice into the bowl. You may need to strain the juice more than once to remove all of the solid pieces – you want a smooth watermelon juice!
  3. Set juice aside.

FOR THE WATERMELON COCKTAILS:

  1. Add rosemary to a large cocktail shaker and muddle with a spoon to start releasing some of the flavor.
  2. Add vodka, lemon juice, and watermelon juice to cocktail shaker. Add a handful of ice and shake to chill.
  3. Put a handful of ice in each of four drinking glasses and divide watermelon cocktail evenly between glasses. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary, a lemon wedge, and a watermelon slice (optional) and serve immediately.

Notes

You can make the watermelon juice up to a week ahead of time – just store strained juice in an airtight container (I like mason jars!) in the fridge until you’re ready to use it. For bonus points, put a sprig of rosemary in the container with the watermelon juice while you store it to infuse some extra rosemary flavor.

Use whiskey in place of vodka for a fun twist on this watermelon cocktail!

No rosemary? Try fresh basil or mint leaves.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 85