Thirsty Thursdays: Spicy Watermelon Mint Cooler

8 May

Today’s skinny cocktail is inspired by my favorite cold pressed juice of all time, which, devastatingly, was discontinued.  The first time I ever had Pressed Juicery’s Watermelon Mint was two summers ago, after a Bikram Yoga class.  It was like, August, and hot as you know what outside (<- insert your own expletive). I was standing in the parking lot after class, struggling really hard not to publically die from Bikram, as that was not the way I had ever planned on going.  So not only did that juice save my life (probably literally; I think I would have face planted on the asphalt and knocked myself out if someone hadn’t shoved it into my hands), it also sincerely won my affections. I was hooked, and to this day, watermelon juice brings back memories of summer.

When temps soared the 90’s last week at the beach, I was inspired  to create a version of my favorite summer juice, spiked with a little vodka and a dash of cayenne pepper, of course. This cocktail has the makings of a winner: refreshing, a little spicy, and hot pink.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 or more cup of cold-pressed watermelon juice
  • 2 lemons, squeezed
  • 1 lime, squeezed
  • Fresh mint
  • shake of cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1-1.5 shots vodka, although rum or even Silver Tequila would likely work as well
  • Splash of soda water, optional

Directions:

  • Muddle mint with citrus juices
  • Add ice
  • Add the vodka and soda water, if desired (<- this is a great recipe for spicy watermelon juice, if you’re not in the mood for a cocktail)
  • Give a shake of cayenne and stir well.  Garnish with mint and a watermelon wedge.

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