3 Super-Easy Watermelon Cocktails

Food & Wine: 3 Super-Easy Watermelon Cocktails
The Sparkling Watermelon Cocktail. Courtesy of EN Japanese Brasserie
By Justine Sterling Posted July 03, 2014

Watermelon is the perfect summer fruit for cocktails. First of all, it’s crazy-refreshing (it even has water in its name). Second, its sweet, fruity flavor pairs with a range of spirits from vodka to tequila to rum. Third, its rosy hue is irresistible.

Watermelon makes for a delicious drink without any complex syrups or bitters. Here, three crazy-simple watermelon cocktails that anyone can make.

Sparkling Watermelon Cocktail (left)
From EN Japanese Brasserie
Makes 1 drink

2 to 3 oz. fresh watermelon juice (for an easy shortcut, muddle watermelon in a cocktail tin and strain it into a glass)
Sparkling wine
Mint sprig, for garnish

Pour the watermelon juice into a flute. Top with chilled sparkling wine. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Watermelon Mojito
Contributed by Floyd Cardoz
Makes 4 drinks

20 mint leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons superfine sugar
½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
¾ cup light rum
6 ounces seedless watermelon, pureed

In the bottom of a large shaker, muddle the mint, sugar and ¼ cup of the lime juice. Fill the shaker with ice. Add the rum, watermelon puree and the remaining ¼ cup of lime juice; shake well. Strain into old-fashioned glasses over ice.

Sandia Smash
Contributed by John Lermayer
Makes 1 drink

6 watermelon chunks (3 skewered on a pick, for garnish)
¾ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
¼ oz. agave nectar
½ oz. St-Germain elderflower liqueur
2 oz. blanco tequila

In a cocktail shaker, muddle 3 watermelon chunks. Add ice and the lime juice, agave nectar, St-Germain and blanco tequila and shake well. Fine-strain into a chilled, ice-filled collins glass, and garnish the drink with the skewered watermelon chunks.

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