Spiked Watermelon Mint Refresher

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Spiked Watermelon Mint Refresher

I’ve been a bit obsessed with making watermelon juice lately!  It takes just 1 min to make and I find it sooo refreshing on a hot summer day.  It’s basically just watermelon that is first blended then strained which makes it naturally sweet and delicious.  I like to make it and use the juice in a couple of different ways.  If I am looking for a little extra flavour in my water,  I’ll add a tbsp to sparkling water for a non alcoholic option or when I’m feeling like a tasty craft cocktail,  I’ll add it to a little vodka!

Typically a lot of craft cocktails have added sugar or simple syrup in them.  I personally don’t love super sweet drinks and prefer to skip the added sugar.  I find the watermelon juice adds the perfect amount of natural sweetness.  That being said if you like your drinks on the sweet side, you are welcome to add a touch of simple syrup!!  I’ve been experimenting with different concoctions and I finally found one I like.  I call it The Spiked Watermelon Refresher and it’s one of my favourite summer drinks.  With the fresh juice, lemon, and mint it really is full of flavour and one I’m sure you will like!!

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE WATERMELON JUICE:

1 cup diced watermelon (rinds removed)

FOR THE WATERMELON COCKTAILS:

Handful of mint leaves
1/2 cup vodka
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 cup watermelon juice (see above)
3/4 cup soda water                                                                                                                                 4 small lemon wedges (optional, for garnish)
4 small watermelon slices (optional, for garnish)

DIRECTIONS

FOR THE WATERMELON JUICE:

1. Place chopped watermelon in a food processor. Blend until watermelon is smooth.

2. Place a wire strainer over a large mixing bowl and strain watermelon juice into the bowl. You may need to strain the juice more than once to remove all of the solid pieces – you want a smooth watermelon juice!

3. Set juice aside.

FOR THE WATERMELON COCKTAILS:

1. Add the mint to a large cocktail shaker and muddle with a spoon to start releasing some of the flavor.

2. Add vodka, lemon juice, and watermelon juice to cocktail shaker. Add a handful of ice and shake to chill.

3. Put a handful of ice in each of four drinking glasses and divide watermelon cocktail evenly between glasses.

4. Garnish with a mint leaf, a lemon wedge, and a watermelon slice (optional) and serve immediately.

Cheers!

Xo Chelsea

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