It’s not easy getting through a watermelon that weighs more than a small child. But honestly, it’s not that hard, either.
Watermelon juice, for example, is a breeze to make: just pile chunks of watermelon (either seedless or with any black seeds removed) into the blender and give it a quick whirl. Here we went one step further and strained the resulting puree. And that took care of a pound and a half of our thirty-pound melon just like that. Only twenty-eight to go.You can stop right there at the watermelon juice and have a perfectly lovely drink, dressed up if you like with a splash of simple syrup or soda water or lime or all three. But of course we didn’t stop right there.We added vodka.
Watermelon Cocktail: For each drink, combine 1/2 c. watermelon juice, a generous shot of vodka, a splash of simple syrup* (to taste), a big squeeze of lime, and a pinch of salt. Stir well, then add ice to glass and garnish with a lime wedge. If you want to get fancy, you could chill the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and serve the drink in a martini glass. We’re not fancy.
*To make simple syrup, combine 1 c. sugar with 1 c. water in a small pot and bring to a simmer, whisking to dissolve the sugar. When the sugar has dissolved, transfer the syrup to a clean jar and chill thoroughly before using.
(Why yes, I have indeed made every one of those recipes again this week.)