Happy Friday, guys! Everyone had a good week? It’s still been super busy around here with baseball, and cub scouts, and everything else we have going on. But in all the rushing around the past few days, I did manage to squeak out a few minutes to come up with this week’s #CrushFridayVA recipe!
My youngest talked me into buying a watermelon at last week’s grocery store trip. So I went with that for this week! It was okay, but not like the melons you’ll find locally in another couple of months. We only are about half of it, and I figured the other half would be perfect for a cocktail. I’ll tell you, this whole crush thing has been great for using up the rest of the fruit that’s still hanging out by the weekend!
This recipe couldn’t be easier, and one batch makes quite a few cocktails. Fruity and fresh, it really hits the spot on the porch at happy hour – especially now that it’s warming up. Speaking of happy hours on the porch, I’m hosting a cocktail crafting class at the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance next Friday. If you’re local (or in-town for the weekend!) and want to join us, you can sign up on their site. It’s going to be tons of fun.
The Watermelon Crush
2 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
1/4 cup sugar
2 limes, juiced
1 cup vodka
1/2 cup triple sec
1 cup sparkling water or lemon-lime soda
sliced watermelon, for garnish
Place watermelon and sugar in blender or food processor and blend, until watermelon is completely pureed and liquified.
Pour mixture into the bottom of a medium pitcher. Add in the lime juice, vodka, triple sec, and sparking water. Stir to combine.
Fill glasses with ice and pour cocktail over. Garnish glasses with a slices of watermelon.
Makes about 6 servings