Tuesday, June 28, 2011

June Cocktail of the Month: Watermelon Martini

In honor of the new title of my blog, I've decided to feature a different cocktail each month! This month's is a Watermelon Martini. Last weekend I hosted a small dinner party for my sister's family and a friend. I thought watermelon would be a great easy side dish. OK, the real reason was so I could use this awesome watermelon bowl I picked up ages ago. Needless to say we had a ton of watermelon left over. I noticed all this juice collecting in the bottom of the bowl and figured there must be some drink that calls for watermelon juice and of course there is.

I started with this recipe from allrecipes.com, but I didn't have the right ingredients (namely watermelon schnapps), so I improvised and used peach schnapps instead. I also added twice as much alchohol by accident (whoopsie!). I confused tablespoons with ounces, and this was even before I had a sip, so I have no excuses. Sigh....However, we ended up loving what I concocted. How could we not? So here is my version:

Peachy Watermelon Martini
(This is not a low-FODMAP recipe)

white sugar, as needed
1/2 cup watermelon juice
1/4 cup vodka
1/4 cup peach schnapps
2 Tbsp. simple syrup
1 Tbsp. lemon juice

1. Moisten the rim of 2 martini glasses with piece of watermelon. Place sugar on a plate and dip each glass into the sugar.
2. Pour the watermelon juice, vodka, peach schnapps, simple syrup, and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker over ice. Cover, and shake well. Strain into the prepared glasses. Garnish with a piece of watermelon and lemon or lime slices.

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