Nothing beats a cool slice of watermelon after a hot summer day in the garden, and what better way to enjoy it than sipping it in a delicious summer cocktail that can be enjoyed by adults, or make into a mock-tail for kids (just leave out the booze) The cool watermelon is kicked up with the spicy jalapeno and complimented by the earthy thyme and cool mint to create a a refreshing drink full of complex flavors.
5 cups of diced watermelon (remove seeds)
1 large sprig of Thyme
1 small bunch of mint leaves on the stem
1 cup water
1 cup organic sugar
1 cup pomegranate flavored vodka (plain vodka will also work)
Begin by making the herbal simple syrup that will be the sweetener of the drink. To do this combine the 1 cup of water and the 1 cup of sugar in a small sauce pan on low heat until the sugar completely dissolves into the water. You will know it is ready when the liquid has turned to syrup, and there are no longer any sugar granules left. While the syrup is coming together you can start to clean the jalapeno. Cut the jalapeno in half and remove the seeds and ribs from the pepper. If you like it a bit spicy, leave some seeds. The more seeds that you leave, the spicier the drink will be. You can also harvest these seeds and save them to plant your garden! Once the simple syrup is done, remove from the heat, and add the cleaned jalapeno, the mint, and the thyme. Cover with a lid and allow the herbs and pepper to steep in the syrup while you cut the watermelon, or for five minutes. Dice about 5 cups of watermelon into inch size cubes. After five minutes remove the jalapeno and herbs from the simple syrup.
Add the watermelon, infused simple syrup, vodka, and a handful of ice to the blender. If your blender is small you may have to do this in batches. Blend on high until the fruit and vodka form a smoothie like consistency. If your drink is too slushy, add more ice and continue to blend until it reaches the smoothness you desire.
Please enjoy responsibly!
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