The first time I had this cocktail was two years ago when my family was in West palm Beach for the summer. We’d become semi-regulars at Būccan, which has both amazing food and drinks, when my mom ordered this drink on a bit of a whim. The drink arrived at our table the most vibrant shade of fuchsia, with a huge cube of fresh watermelon perched delicately on the rim of the glass. After an initial worry that it may be too sweet, everyone at the table agreed that it was by far the best drink of the night, and immediately began to brainstorm how we could recreate it at home.
This drink captures that amazing feeling of taking your first bite of watermelon in the summertime. It’s fruity, fragrant, and delicious. Requiring few ingredients, the watermelon is definitely the star of the drink, so do your best to find a really good one when you’re ready to make these.
These also happen to be extremely easy to make. A lot of watermelon-based cocktails I’ve come across require you to puree and strain the flesh to get a separate juice, but this recipe cuts out the middle part, calling for cubed watermelon placed directly into the shaker with the rest of the ingredients. By some sort of magic, aka the ice slamming around in the shaker, the cubes blend perfectly into a smooth cocktail that requires a hard working strainer, but very little prep work.
• 2 oz vodka (or gin)
• 1/2 oz lime juice
• 1/2 oz simple syrup (or less if your watermelon is quite sweet)
• about a pint glass full of cubed watermelon
I definitely recommend using a Boston shaker for these if you have one- the cubed watermelon will mix really well, and will be far easier to strain afterwards. If you don’t have a Boston shaker, then I would remove the whole top of the shaker, and strain the drink using a cocktail strainer rather than the built in one.
1. Combine ingredients into the base of a shaker, cover, and shake vigorously
2. Strain into a chilled glass, and garnish with a cube of watermelon.
This is the perfect cocktail for those unbearably hot summer days. The watermelon is light and refreshing, and the lime provides the perfect balance for the vodka.