Or: It’s still hot, and summer produce is for blending with ice and spirits.
IT HASN’T STOPPED BEING HOT SINCE LAST WE SPOKE.
In fact, it’s gotten hotter, if possible.
Anyways, those little “personal” sized watermelons were on sale this week at the grocery store, and I’ve taken it upon myself to share my blending obsession with the universe and simultaneously will try anything to keep from melting. So here’s what I concocted!
- 1/2 of a “personal” or mini watermelon
- 1 lemon (I know two are shown, this was before I tried the recipe, so hush).
- 1/2 cup to 1 cup of fruit juice (in this iteration I used Raspberry Lemonade, but I used mango juice the second time I made it, for more of a tropical taste. It’s all up to you!)
- 1 tray of ice
- Optional (to make it a gimlet): Gin – I used Bombay Saphire because it’s my favorite and it’s also what I had on hand. So there’s that. You could also use tequila or vodka! For this recipe I used three shots (Made a huge pitcher), but honestly, use however much you deem best depending on if you like your drinks more or less strong. BUT drink responsibly, if you choose to gimlet-ify this blend!
ENOUGH – LET’S DRINK
Okay, so I chopped up half of the watermelon and shoved it all into my blender (it’s worth noting that I had to actually pour some of the blended watermelon juice out of the blender to be able to add gin and ice, so compress and reduce portions as needed).
Added the fruit juice – like I said, this time was Raspberry Lemonade, but any lemonade, berry or tropical based fruit juice would probably be very good!
If you’re making it sans booze, go ahead and add ice, then blend and enjoy at this point…however if you’re here for the party…
Add in your favorite gin! Other potential spirits, if you’re not into gin like myself, include tequila or vodka. I’d stay away from rum, but that’s mostly because I generally despise it. So, gin it is!
Anyways, add in your ice, if you can make the space, then blend and prepare to witness magic.
These are SUCH a delicious treat, with or without the alcohol. A and I tried these first this past weekend, and then enjoyed them again with O in celebration of their completion of a full first year in graduate school (congratulations, gentleman).
Try this recipe out and let me know if you discover any great tricks with other spirits!