The weather is gorgeous, winter layers are shed, the kids are staying out late for rehearsal, practice, or general springtime revelry. You know what that means, right? It’s cocktail time!
We asked four of our favorite fierce female food bloggers to give us their go-to cocktail recipes for a light, intoxicating springtime beverage. Whether you prefer the cooling flavor of watermelon or want to transport yourself to Spain for an afternoon, we’ve got the perfect potion to soothe you.
From Esi Impraim‘s mouth-watering food blog called Dishing Up Delights:
I recently discovered Pinkberry’s new watermelon flavor and I’m obsessed. I also totally love the way they serve it with watermelon chunks, watermelon puree and diced cucumber. It’s fresh and fantastic. The first time I tried the combination, I knew I wanted to make a drink based on it. This cocktail is so refreshing and a perfect antidote to the heat.
Makes 4+ drinks
1 small, seedless watermelon, peeled and cut into chunks
2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup simple syrup (recipe below)
1 cup seltzer water
6 ounces vodka
Place the watermelon chunks in a blender. Blitz until liquefied. Place a strainer over a bowl and add the watermelon purée. Strain the juice and reserve 2 1/2 cups of the juice.
In a large pitcher, mix the watermelon juice with the lime juice. Fill each glass with a couple of ice cubes and a small handful of cucumber pieces. Add 1/4 cup of the watermelon and lime mixture, 1/4 cup of the seltzer, and 1 1/2 ounces of vodka to each glass. Serve immediately.
Makes 1/4 cup
In a small saucepan, dissolve 1/4 cup of sugar in 1/4 cup of water over low heat. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
*Note, I prefer drinks on the tart side. You’ll probably get much more juice from the watermelon than the amount listed below so feel free to play around with the quantities. Also, if you’re not a drinker, leave the vodka out. This drink is great even without the alcohol!