You know how sometimes the weekend just goes by too fast? Ok, maybe that's all the time. Especially now that the weather is so gorgeous, it can be hard to sit in an office all day! As it's gotten warmer outside, I've rediscovered my cocktail shaker and have been experimenting with all kinds of fruity, refreshing drinks. So I thought it would be fun to start a weekly post about cocktails/beer/wine. Those of you who know my boyfriend know that he is super into beer, so I'm hoping he'll do an occasional guest post about brewing or a beer review.
First in this series, a perfect drink for a scorching Sunday evening. Juicy watermelon, fragrant mint, and cold cucumbers are all muddled up and poured over ice in this delicious drink.
Here's what you need for two drinks - you could easily double or even quadruple these quantities for more people...or more for yourself! These would also be delicious without alcohol if you so choose.
About 1 cup watermelon, cubed
1/4 of a cucumber, sliced
5-6 fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped
1/2 cup of lemonade
2 shots of light rum (you could probably also use gin or tequila, whatever is on hand)
Handful of ice cubes
First, muddle the cucumber, mint, and a few cubes of ice in a cocktail shaker. Sadly I don't have an actual muddler so I just used a spoon and it worked pretty well!
The point is really just to mash up the cucumber and mint so they release lots of flavor and mix well with the liquids.
Once they are well combined, add in the watermelon cubes and muddle again briefly until the watermelon cubes start turning into juice.
Then add in the lemonade, rum, and a handful of ice - crushed ice is ideal - and shake it like crazy so it gets nice and frothy! If you don't have a cocktail shaker, you could probably just stir everything together and strain out the chunky parts before drinking.
Serve over ice and if you feel like getting fancy with presentation, place a thin slice of cucumber on top of the drink, or add a sprig of mint. Enjoy!