Watermelon is one of the most versatile fruits: it can be eaten fresh, grilled, or diced. Slices can be added to salads, served in a fruit soup, or added to gazpacho. Watermelon can also be made into jams or jellies, or turned into a delicious frozen treat. Watermelons are over 90% water, which explains why they’re so juicy. And while its juice alone makes a refreshing drink, the entire watermelon is edible. The seeds can be roasted and the rinds stir-fried. But you always eat watermelon…so why not drink it?
Cosmopolitans are as versatile as watermelon. These simple cocktails, popularized in the hit series Sex in the City, have hugely impacted today’s drinking culture. Cosmos get their flavor from fresh ingredients, and the light, sweet addition of watermelon takes this drink to the next level. Substitute your favorite alcohol and mixes for a unique drink.
This easy 3-step Watermelon Cosmopolitan proves that you don’t need to be a bartender to serve quality drinks right from your home kitchen.
When picking a ripe watermelon, the rind should be a rich green color. The only blemish should be where it was lying on the ground as it grew. That blemish should be yellow—the darker the yellow color, the more ripe the watermelon. It should also be heavy. Smell your watermelon, too...it should give off a distinct watermelon smell, so follow your nose to the best in the bunch!
Even though you will not be eating the rind, wash it thoroughly before you cut. This will clean it of any pesticides or chemicals that might otherwise seep into the part you’re going to eat.
Uncut watermelon can be stored for up to two weeks at room temperature. Cut watermelon should be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated; it will keep for 2–3 days.
Be careful not to ruin this cocktail with low-quality ice (if you want to use ice at all). Begin with freezing water you would drink out of a glass: anything but unfiltered tap water! And avoid storing your ice near foods like fish…otherwise it will taste, well, fishy.
- 1 mini seedless watermelon
- 1 cup vodka, chilled
- 1/4 cup triple sec, chilled
- 1/3 cup Cointreau, chilled
- Juice of 3 limes
- Sugar cane sticks (optional garnish)
- Mint sprigs (optional garnish)
Remove the skin off the mini watermelon with a knife or vegetable peeler. Slice the watermelon pulp into 2'' pieces. Place all of the pulp into a blender and blend until smooth.
Add the chilled vodka, triple sec, Cointreau, and lime juice to the blender and mix until completely incorporated.
Pour the prepared mixture into chilled cocktail glasses. Garnish with sugar cane sticks and a sprig of mint, if desired.