Monday, August 5, 2013

Watermelon Gin Fizz

This refreshing cocktail has a mere 5 ingredients, so if you have a ripe watermelon kickin' around, you can't go wrong! All of the following measurements are conditional on how sweet the fruit is and how boozy you want your drink to be.
In a blender, purée 1/2 a cut-up watermelon. Strain the juice once through a fine sieve, and again through the same sieve lined with paper-towel or cheesecloth. The idea behind this is to first, get rid of the pulp, and second, make the juice as translucent as possible. Chill in the fridge. While the watermelon juice is getting cold, make a simple syrup: 4 parts water and 1 part sugar and boil on the stove-top until it reduces to a light syrup consistency. (Don't let it turn to a caramel!) Chill the syrup as well. Throw some fluted cocktail glasses in the freezer and when you're ready to serve the drinks, do the following: Lime the edges of the glass and roll on a plate of sugar and lime-zest, fill each glass with 1/2 watermelon juice, the juice of half a lime, a shot and a half of good gin, enough simple-syrup to fix your pucker and top the remainder of the empty glass with seltzer. Voilà.

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