Ahhh, the Great British Summer – perfect excuse for a homemade cocktail. Yes, it is torrentially raining right now but we shall just ignore that fact. A couple of weekends ago my flatmate Laura and I were well and truly in the summer mood and bought ourselves a watermelon at the market so we could concoct our own watermelon cocktails. After scouring through Pinterest and doing a bit of experimenting, we’ve settled on the perfect watermelon slushies for a hot summer day (or, you know, to drink at night surrounded by blankets at Netflix).
You Will Need (Serves 4):
Half a watermelon
8-10 mint leaves
Caster sugar (optional)
1. Chop your watermelon in half and scoop out the flesh from one half (keep the other half in the fridge for later). Add the watermelon to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth but still thick.
2. Add the blended watermelon to a large pitcher and throw in a few handfuls of crushed ice.
3. Measure out the vodka and add that to the pitcher too. Depending on how strong you want to make it, use approximately 1-2 shots of vodka per person.
4. Tear up the fresh mint leaves and add them to the watermelon mix. Give everything a good stir.
5. Depending on how sweet your watermelon is, you might want to add in a couple of teaspoons of caster sugar or sugar syrup, but this is optional.
6. Fill your glasses with some more crushed ice and serve.
And there you have it! Refreshing and boozy – ideal summer cocktail combination. If you want to make it last longer (or be a bit less boozy for daytime drinking), you could top up the pitcher with lemonade or soda water to give it a wee bit of fizz.
Are you a fan of watermelon?