There is nothing as sophisticated as a martini. A true martini, however, is very different from the fruity drinks we enjoy in martini glasses.
Martinis became popular during the 1920's, when they consisted of two parts gin to one part vermouth. Later, the ultra-dry martini came into vogue -- essentially a glass of gin with just the merest hint of vermouth. The vodka martini substitutes vodka for gin, while the dirty martini adds a dash of olive juice to the mix.
While classic martinis evoke David Niven in a smoking jacket or James Bond at Monte Carlo, they are hardly a refreshing, tasty treat. In fact, they are very much an acquired taste.
Today, we enjoy a wide range of sweet, fruity martinis. While based on the classic gin or vodka drinks of years past, they also include sugar or simple syrup, fruit juice, and other dessert-like treats. Apple-tinis, Peach-tinis and similar drinks would have seemed very strange to our flapper grandparents, but they have become increasingly popular today.
The Watermelon Martini
Few things remind us more of summer than the sweet, juicy taste of fresh watermelon! Here is a refreshing watermelon cocktail for grownups. Very quick and simple to prepare when unexpected guests arrive. Fresh watermelon juice is combined with vodka, simple syrup, and lime juice. Shake with ice, strain into glasses, and you're done!
When watermelon is out of season, you can substitute frozen watermelon puree available at many grocers (or think ahead and freeze some yourself in summer).
- For Martini:
- 1 cup watermelon juice (see preparation instructions)
- 1/2 cup (4 oz.) premium Vodka
- juice of 1 lime
- 1/4 cup simple syrup (see preparation instructions)
- 3 tablespoons salt to rim the glass (optional)
- 3 tablespoons sugar to rim the glass (optional)
- Watermelon slices for garnish (optional)
- For Simple Syrup:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup of water
- For Watermelon Juice:
- 2 cups watermelon flesh cut into chunks
Start by making your simple syrup and watermelon juice. Both can come in handy for other recipes, so you may want to make and store a bit more than is required for this recipe.
Make Your Own Simple Syrup:
Add 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of water into a small pan. Heat slowly over medium heat stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and cool. Transfer to another container or bottle and cover. Can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 months.
Make Your Own Watermelon Juice:
Cut two cups of watermelon flesh off the rind. Place in blender and blend until liquified.
Assemble Your Martini:
- Mix together the sugar and salt if using. Wet the rim of a chilled martini glass with a piece of watermelon. Dip the rim into the sugar and salt mixture. Repeat for other glass
- Place the watermelon juice, vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker. Top with ice. Shake well.
- Pour contents through strainer into chilled martini glasses.
- Garnish with a wedge of watermelon if desired.
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