I Carried A Watermelon

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.

watermelon dirty dancing

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.

Watermelontini

Watermelon_Martini

2 watermelontinis and 1 over ice enjoying each other’s company with a couple friends at a local spot in Manhattan.

-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.

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