Summer showed itself today! It may have been only a fleeting moment, but I swear that the thermometer reached the dizzy heights of 27 Celsius. The excitement was short-lived when less than half an hour later, the clouds again filled the sky and the air cooled....
Heat or not, this is the British summer and being British, we will still insist on shorts and BBQ's, strawberries and ice lollies and (my favourite) cooling cocktails in the garden.
One of my very favourite summer refreshers is watermelon. It may not be grown here, but its colour, flavour and its sheer ability to quench thirst makes it a fruit that I always head for when the weather warms. It shouts 'Summer'!
When I was pregnant with Miss GF I had a total addiction to it....... Whilst others were craving the likes of marmite, onions and cheese, I was getting through a large watermelon single-handed every other day. I was totally distraught when (in my anti-natal clumsiness) I managed to drop one on the hard kitchen floor...... watching in horror as it shattered into juicy, wet red and green pieces across the room.....
The cocktail, on the other hand, is not something that I enjoyed in pregnancy..... I was far too focussed on giving Miss GF the best start I could and whilst I enjoyed the ripe, sweet, deep pink flesh in abundance, there was no alcohol to be seen near my lips for several months......
My Watermelon-Bacardi Cooler is inspired by my recent trip to the States...... It was going to be a Margarita...... but according to my minimal knowledge of cocktails, a Margarita requires tequila....... and I didn't have any tequila...... but I still wanted a cocktail with watermelon...... so I improvised.
I confess, the cocktail used for these photos is not my first taste of this stuff....... It's been enjoyed on a couple of occasions since my return.... first with a goodly dose of vodka and now Bacardi (........ I ran out of vodka!). It tastes fab either way, so whether you have vodka, white rum or tequila in your cupboard, I suggest you grab a bottle, a watermelon and some lime and whizz up a glass or two whilst the sun is shining!
It's not a fantastically complicated cocktail...... but it tastes great and is absolutely what the doctor should be ordering to accompany those summer barbies, garden parties and lazy warm days. If you have kids who want to join the party, then just make them a non-alcoholic version and perhaps throw a couple of strawberries or a drop of lemonade into the mix!
But beware....... one may not be enough.......
Better get a few more melons in!
I am sharing my Bacardi-Watermelon Cooler with the following linkies :
Cook Blog Share with Hijacked by Twins
Tasty Tuesdays with Honest Mum
Free From Fridays with the Free From Farmhouse (one for the grown-ups)
Simple & in Season with Feeding Boys
Sunday Fitness & Food with Ilkas Blog (and Marathons & Motivation)
Recipe of the Week with A Mummy Too
Watermelon-Bacardi Cooler (makes 2 cocktails)
flesh of ½ of small seedless watermelon
juice 1 lime
2 teaspoons maple syrup
2 to 3 shots Bacardi (or Vodka) - dependent on how strong you want your cocktail
extra lime/watermelon/mint to decorate
- Put the watermelon, lime juice, maple syrup, and alcohol into a liquidiser and blend until smooth.
- Half fill (approx) your cocktail glasses with crushed ice and then top with watermelon cocktail.
- Add an extra slice of lime/cubes of watermelon/mint leaves to decorate.
- Sit in the sun and enjoy!
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