When I originally posted this cocktail a few weeks ago I borrowed the recipe and photo from my friend Gwen over at the BunkyCooks blog. She saved me on a day when I just did not feel up to cooking or eating or drinking…food poisoning will do that to you! Thankfully that devil was finally conquered so when I got the sweetest little baby watermelon in my delivery from Door to Door Organics this past week I was inspired to get back here and share my own favorite recipe.
I’ve included a bit of Limoncello although I typically use orange liqueur but when you’ve made your own Limoncello…well, can you blame me? The watermelon I got was much like Gwen’s; so tiny and so ripe that any addition of simple syrup would have been overkill. Still, use your own judgement, if you need a bit more sweetener go ahead and add some simple syrup (boil equal amounts of sugar and water until the sugar dissolves and then cool).
If you saw my recent post for a Lemon Drop Martini (if not, go there…the best I’ve ever had!) than you know I’m enamored with these sugar crystals I used on the rim. They’re typically used for decorating cake and cookies but I just love them for this purpose. Combining them with some kosher salt makes for a nice mix with the watermelon; this one’s a winner!
By the way; if you are a ‘Martini’ purist and think it blasphemy to call this a martini…that’s your right. But popular culture changes a lot of things and today, drinks served in a martini glass are often called martinis. You call a ground beef patty a hamburger don’t you? Where’s the ham? :)
A perfect cocktail for summer with fresh, juicy watermelon. Seedless are best for making this cocktail!
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup kosher salt
- 6 oz fresh watermelon juice (I used a seedless watermelon so mixed it in my food processor and then strained it through a metal strainer).
- 2 & 1/2 oz good vodka
- 2 & 1/2 oz Limoncello or orange liqueur
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- Watermelon wedges for garnish
- Chill 2-3 glasses in your fridge or freezer 10 minutes before making the cocktail.
- Combine the sugar and salt and spread it on a flat bread plate. Dampen the rim of your glass with water or lime juice and dip it in the sugar/salt mixture. (Save the leftover mixture for another occasion).
- Combine the watermelon juice, vodka, liqueur and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 6-8 times.
- Strain and pour the mixture into the prepared glasses and garnish with a watermelon wedge.