It’s not often I blog about #FancyDrinkFriday while imbibing in said fancy drink, but tonight is one of those nights. Fresh watermelon juice, mint-infused simple syrup, lots of lime–this is the drink I wish I was drinking all Summer, and yet is the perfect send-off for this, the last weekend of Summer.
You know that Summer ends after Labor Day. It just does.
Grab a watermelon and some mint and make this cocktail this weekend. Promise?
Here’s the recipe.
Watermelon Mint Cooler (makes 2)
- 4 ounces vodka
- 4 ounces fresh watermelon juice*
- 2 ounces mint-infused simple syrup**
- Juice of 1 lime, plus lime wedges for garnish
- 5-6 Fresh Mint Leaves
- Add ice to two tumblers. Add ice to a shaker and combine vodka, watermelon juice, simple syrup, and lime juice. Pop the top on and shake shake shake.
- Take the mint leaves in your hand and slap them with the other hand. This will release some of the minty oils! Add those to the glasses filled with ice. Pour watermelon mixture over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.
*Fresh watermelon juice actually doesn’t require a juicer! Add fresh watermelon to a blender or a food processor and puree until smooth. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer until all of the liquid has been pressed out. Discard the watermelon pulp and use the juice.
**Mint-infused simple syrup: combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water in a medium sauce pan. Add a handful of mint leaves and heat over medium heat. Stirring often, let the mixture begin to bubble, so that the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool with the mint leaves still in the simple syrup. Strain the mint leaves out and store in an air-tight jar.