It’s a Friday and what better way to kick start the weekend than with a nice drink. My alcohol choices have become milder and milder as age catches up (sob sob). No longer can I knock down multiple shooters and wake up with my head on my shoulders. So now I have to be satisfied with a drink that knocks my head off with flavor rather than the alcohol content. In college, we used to cut a chunk out of the watermelon and then pour vodka into it. Refrigerate the whole fruit for a couple of hours then cut up the watermelon into cubes and you have a boozy party fruit!! College always had a way of making even the good ones bad! Of course no one ever complained! So to go down memory lane (albeit in a milder more grown up way) I give you the watermelon cooler. Have a great (Hic!) weekend!
Watermelon Vodka Cooler
Prep time: 10 mins
Makes: 4 cocktails
What you need:
2 cups fresh watermelon juice
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar syrup (4Tbsp sugar dissolved in 1/4 cup water)
Ice cubes and watermelon chunks to serve
What to do:
Cut the watermelon into cubes. Puree enough to get 2 cups of sieved watermelon juice. (basically discard the seeds and pulp). Save the rest of the cubes by freezing it, to use as ‘watermelon ice’ in the drink.
Combine the watermelon juice, vodka, lemon juice and sugar syrup in a shaker and shake well. (obviously!) Pour into a glass filled with ice and 4-5 frozen Watermelon cubes. Garnish the drink with a watermelon slice/ sprig of mint. Hic hic Hurray!