I have been really into watermelon lately. I think it’s because of the weather and the season. Summer is the season for melon so I guess it makes sense. I have seen them everywhere – street vendors, bodegas, grocery stores, you name it they are staring at you in the face all over Manhattan right now. It’s fresh, juicy and can be great as a snack or lone ingredient. I have been making watermelon and feta salad on the weekends for us to munch on. It’s easy and very tasty. I just add some red onion and basil and voila.
But whenever I see watermelon all I can think about is the movie Dirty Dancing. That infamous scene when Jennifer Grey meets Johnny and in a moment of panic says, “I carried a watermelon.” Embarrassed, she then pretty much wants to crawl in a corner and forget that sentence ever came out of her mouth. But apparently it worked for good ol’ Johnny because they sure hit it off by the end. What a great movie.
Another great fact about watermelon? It is a perfect key additive for a summer cocktail. Lots of restaurants have a cocktail on their drink list with watermelon as a main component in the summertime. I reckon I will be indulging in more than just a couple of these this summer. Starting with this weekend.
-Generous Amount of Vodka
-3 Splashes of Watermelon Juice
-2 Splashes of Lime Juice
-Dash of Simple Syrup
-Notes: Blend all ingredients really well in the shaker and serve in a chilled martini glass. This drink screams refreshment.
Happy Cocktail Friday.