Minted Watermelon Cooler

The other day we started searching cocktail recipes that utilized fresh watermelon. It is watermelon season and we want to find use of this wonderful succulent fruit.

We had never juiced a watermelon before and found it easier than imagined. Seedless is important unless you have a great deal of time to pick seeds. With seedless you can scrape the pulp into a food processor, give it a few spins and press the whole through a medium sieve. The result is a Watermelon Jus that is light, refreshing and ready for embellishment.

Searching online, the two common things we saw paired to watermelon are mint and basil. Both being of the same family it is no doubt that each would work well. That in mind we reached for our Minted Sour Mix as a complement to the Watermelon Jus. Tired of Mojito variations we chose for vodka to mix with instead of rum. We also found that vodka is a more neutral mixer and allows the watermelon flavor to show through better.

Watermelon Jus

Take ½ Seedless Watermelon, Remove skin and puree pulp in a blender or food processor.  Press the watermelon puree through a medium fine sieve.  Taste Watermelon Jus and adjust with sugar to taste

 Minted Watermelon Cooler

In a Tall Collins Glass Filled with Ice

  • 1 ½ Ounces Vodka
  • 2 Ounces Watermelon Jus
  • 1 Ounce Minted Sour*

Top with Club Soda.  Stir & Garnish with a Wedge of Watermelon

* Minted Sweet and Sour Mix

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 Cup Lime Juice
  • 1 Cup Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 1 egg white (optional)

Combine the Water and Sugar in a Saucepan Over Low Heat

Bring to a Boil for 2 Minutes.  Cool and Then Add the Lemon and Lime Juice.  Stir in Egg White for a Sour Mix that Gets Frothy (optional).  Add Mint Leaves and Let Steep for 24 Hours.  Strain Mint Leaves and Voila You Have Mint Sour.  This will keep refrigerated for about a week.