It’s that time of year when the little birdies sing, the leaves burst forth upon the trees, mosquitoes swarm across nations infecting thousands with malaria, Canada begins to thaw (eh), environmentalists reaffirm California’s drought status, and high school seniors think it’s June already, even though that’s two months away, and plan ditch days regularly. Ah, such jocund happenings necessitate refreshing cocktails and maybe some low-level shock therapy.
As I noted in a previous post, I was a bartender (rather than a pretentious, dick-like “mixologist,”) at T.G.I. Fuck-All for some years. Towards the end of my tenure there, infused vodkas became the “in” thing and, I admit, they can be good. The best part is that they’re easy to make. Take a fruit or veggie of choice, cut it up, put it in a bowl, pour in a bottle of vodka, and chill it. In a few hours, you have a new flavor o’ vodka. Easy peasy.
This watermelon cooler has lots of variations. I and my wifey tend to prefer the less sweet cocktails, so this one is a bit more refreshing in that I top it with soda water. But, if you want to sweeten it up, top it with some lemon-lime soda or ginger ale to get there.
To make a watermelon-infused vodka: Cube up or scoop some watermelon into a big bowl. Pour in a bottle o’ vodka, cover, and let it chill for an hour or more. Then, either strain the vodka out or simply remove the watermelon chunks. Eat some of those soaked watermelon pieces and you’ll be talkin’ to both Jesus AND Buddha, let me tell you.
Ingredients for one cocktail:
a few slices of fresh, peeled ginger
a few basil leaves
1 small ball or scoop o’ watermelon
2 oz. of watermelon vodka (a big shot, in other words)
2 lime wedges
In a mixing tin or glass, muddle the ginger, basil, watermelon ball, and vodka. All “muddling” means is to smash the hell out of the ingredients so they combine and all get happy together. For this, I used the thick end of a wooden spoon because I’m ghetto like that.
Fill a glass with ice and strain the vodka mixture over it. Fill it with soda water, squeeze the lime wedges in there, and garnish with a scoop or two o’ watermelon and even a basil leaf, if you’re sexy.
Again, if you like sweet, use ginger ale or 7Up or something. You can even add a shot of simple syrup (sugar water) if you have it around.
Easier than Catholic nymphomaniac after Lent.
Until later, eat, drink, and peace out.
©Jon Marino 2013