At the height of summer, my household is all about the watermelon! We all love the sweet juicy stuff and Jake was the watermelon champ at a party this weekend, consuming 9 slices! It was VERY hot and humid so I was actually in support of his hydration methods. This Watermelon Vodka Cocktail is another great way to serve up a fun drink for guests or use up the leftovers from that oversized melon. Its refreshing, slightly sweet and surprisingly light. I literally take a sip of this drink and picture myself poolside in a caftan browsing through magazines. Sure, the reality may look WAY different, insert two wild kiddos and lots of pool toys and squealing, but I still enjoy the mental image. Please don’t ruin that for me, ha!
4 cups of fresh watermelon chunks
1 tbsp. lime juice (while fresh is best, I used bottled and it was great!)
1 1/2 tbsp. honey
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup vodka
1. In a blender, combine the watermelon, lime juice, honey and water. Blend well.
2. Using a fine mesh strainer (like this one), pour the liquid through letting the seeds and pulp catch and set aside.
3. Add the vodka to the liquid and stir.
4. Serve over crushed ice. A nice small slice of watermelon and a mint leaf make cute garnishes!
This Watermelon Vodka Cocktail is easy to make and you can make an even larger batch based on how much watermelon you have handy. I just love when a cocktail uses ingredients I naturally have on hand, don’t you? I always have a bottle of lime juice in the refrigerator and honey in the pantry so this cocktail is a huge win!
Also, if you want to make a batch without vodka my 4-year-old loved the non-alcoholic version too! Enjoy!