Spicy Watermelon Martini

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I have enjoyed spending my summer in Greenville and getting to try out new cocktail lounges and speakeasies where I can sip on some truly unique drinks. I have not, however, enjoyed spending $12 on a single drink. Making an artisan cocktail in your own home is easier than you think, and it’s always a great way to impress guests.

This summer, Eric and one of his good friends have kind of bro-ed out over watermelon. When they get a craving for it, they go buy one and proceed to eat the entire thing standing over the kitchen sink. This has already happened about 3 times this summer. As classy as this is, I wanted to buy a watermelon and find a more creative way to consume it.

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That’s literally the face I  get every time he is eating a watermelon. It’s as if he’s holding it like we should all be jealous (though I will say with this drink in his hand, you should be a little jealous because it’s THAT good 😉 )

I knew I wanted watermelon and lime, but I also wanted it to have a kick. I used to hate jalapenos in cocktails, but the more I have tried them out the more I love them. It’s like a secret layer of flavor that gives you a hint of spiciness when you are least expecting it. The watermelon is so naturally sweet that it needs a punch of something to contrast all that sweetness. And there is not only lime juice in the drink,  but lime sugar around the rim. Basically, it tastes like candy with every sip as you work your way around the glass.

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I also have never been a huge fan of watermelon. But eventually when your boyfriend is constantly obsessed with buying watermelons you figure you have to just eat (or drink) some. And I was not at all disappointed by this drink! If you are not big on watermelons, I urge you to try it anyway. It was fantastic! Fair warning though: it’s a little dangerous because it’s so refreshing. I almost forgot there was any alcohol in there.

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Spicy Watermelon Martinis

Serves 8

Ingredients:

1/4 of a large watermelon, diced

1 jalapeno, sliced

3 limes

1/2 cup sugar

Your favorite brand of gin (I used Bombay Sapphire)– roughly 1.5 shots per mixed drink

Directions:

  1. Using a potato peeler, peel the zest off of one of the limes. Place the lime zest and sugar in a food processor and mix until the zest is broken up and incorporated into the sugar. If you don’t have a food processor, just finely zest the lime juice and mix it into the sugar. Place on a small plate and set aside.
  2. Using the same food processor or a blender, combine the watermelon, jalapeno, and juice from all 3 limes. You might have to do this in 2 batches depending on how large your food processor is.
  3. Pour the watermelon mixture into a fine mesh sieve to strain out the excess pulp. Discard pulp and reserve juice.
  4. To make each individual drink, rub a small piece of watermelon around the rim of the martini glass. Dip in the lime sugar mixture. Combine 1/2 cup of watermelon mixture, 1-1.5 shots gin, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and serve in the prepared martini glass. Garnish with a small slice of watermelon.

 

 

 

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