Watermelon Smash / by Anthony Michael Contrino

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One of the few things I love about summer is watermelon.  I can't think of a more refreshing fruit.  As the days get hotter, watermelons seem to get sweeter and juicier.  That said, why not treat yourself to a poolside cocktail. Enjoy!

Watermelon Splash // Makes 1 cocktail

1 large lime wedge (1/4 of a lime)

3 mint leaves, plus more for garnish

Pinch fine sea salt

1 ounce simple syrup, recipe follows

1/2 cup watermelon juice, see note below

2 ounces light rum

1/2 cup club soda

Watermelon slices, for garnish

Lime slices, for garnish

  1. Muddle the lime, mint and salt in a cocktail shaker to release the juices and oils.
  2. Add the simple syrup, watermelon juice and rum. 
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 5 -10 seconds.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Top with the club soda and garnish with mint, lime or watermelon.
  6. Serve immediately.

Simple Syrup  // Makes about 1 3/4 cups

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

Pinch sea salt

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan.  
  2. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until the sugar and salt have completely dissolved; do not bring to a simmer.
  3. Remove from the heat and cool at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a pitcher and refrigerate until cool.
  5. Store in the refrigerator up to 7 days.

NOTE:  To make the watermelon juice, cut the flesh of 1/2 watermelon into chunks.  Pulse the chucks in a food processor until smooth.  Strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer.  Refrigerate for up to 2 days. 

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