Watermelon Sours in a Watermelon Keg

This post is a twofer. It is a mix of Friday’s 5 o’clock somewhere cocktail recipe, and a fun How-To tutorial on making your own watermelon keg. Sounds fun to me and brings a whole new meaning to throwing a watermelon bash! This is definitely on my two do list once I get back to the states. First lets learn how to make the keg…

Supplies

Directions

Prepare your watermelon by cutting a lid from the top and scooping out the fruit (save the fruit to use later to make the drinks). Use an apple corer to drill a hole just slightly smaller than the keg shank. Attach the shank and faucet and you’re ready to add your cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups watermelon chunks, pureed
  • 4 oz Alizé Red Passion, or any other fruit-flavored liqueur
  • 8 oz gin
  • 2 cups sour mix
  • Sparkling rosé
  • Lime slices, for garnish

Directions

After pureeing 4 cups of watermelon chunks, strain. Stir in your fruit-flavored liqueur, gin and sour mix. Chill. Add sparkling rosé before serving. Garnish with lime slice and enjoy!

Summer Sangria

With the official first day of summer just around the corner (June 2oth), I thought it was the perfect time to post a tasty version of one of my favorite summer time drinks. Sangria! My favorite thing about sangria is the fruit that not only adds so much flavor, but absorbs the alcohol for little bites of amazingness. It reminds me of my grandpa, who was a gin gimlet man. I used to love when he would give me the highly coveted olive that was infused with a hint of gin. Just enough to give a 10-year-old a little buzz. Probably not appropriate, but I loved it, which makes me like this fruity recipe even more. What’s even better, this recipe adds a bit of kick with the help of a Serrano pepper. Love, love, love everything about this recipe, created by Jerry James Stone at TreeHugger.com

Ingredients

  • 1 small carton of raspberries
  • 1 small carton of strawberries
  • 1 lime
  • 2 apples, granny smith and a braeburn
  • 1 Serrano pepper (more if you are daring)
  • 1 bottle of Viognier
  • ½ cup of white grape juice
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 can of club soda
  • Mint leaves for garnish

Directions

For a detailed play-by-play, check out Jerry’s special recipe on TreeHugger.com

Blueberry Lavender Mojito

Ingredients

  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 1 ½ parts Rum
  • 1 ounce lavender syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 10-12 blueberries
  • Pinch of ground Cardamom
  • Club soda

Directions

In tall glass, muddle mint leaves, Lavender syrup, lime juice, blueberries, pinch of ground cardamom and rum. Muddle just enough to combine flavors, being careful not to over-muddle. Fill glass with crushed ice. Top with club soda. Stir. Garnish with blueberries on a cocktail pick.

Pink Lemonade Margarita

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 ounce) can of frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 3 (12  ounce) cans of cold water – (just use the empty pink lemonade can)
  • 1 (12 ounce) can of tequila
  • ½ (12 ounce) can of Grand Marnier
  • Ice cubes – (I like to use crushed ice)
  • Salt to rim the glasses
  • 1 lime, wedged

Directions

  1. Pour the (thawed) frozen lemonade concentrate into a pitcher, and fill the can with cold water.
  2. Pour into the pitcher and repeat twice for a total of 3 cans of water.
  3. Fill the can with tequila, and pour that into the pitcher.
  4. Fill about half of the can with Grand Marnier, and pour it into the pitcher.
  5. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour before serving. Or blend mixture with ice to make a frozen version.
  6. Serve over ice in salt-rimmed glasses with a lime wedge!

Notes: You can also get the same delowcious looking effect with a grapefruit version from The Barefoot Contessa via There Goes My Cupcake. So whichever way your taste buds pull you, your drink will still look amazing!

Vootbeer

This special little cocktail is very dear to my heart, and quite possibly the reason I am where I am today. It was this unsuspecting mixture that gave me the courage and lack of inhibitions to “seduce” my now Hubby during our first meeting almost 3 years ago. Basically I was drunk and he was nice enough to simply fall in love with me rather than take advantage of the very inappropriate situation this cocktail created. It was a warm summer day on the lake… Just me, my closest friends, my future Hubby and my vootbeer. The rest is history and well worth the hangover! The Hubby and I go together like peanut butter and jelly, however, we and liquor still don’t mix. It is a very tasty concoction though.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 5 ounces root beer
  • Whipping cream for garnish
  • Maraschino Cherry (optional)

Directions

Fill glass (mason jar) with ice. Pour vodka over said ice and then fill with root beer. Garnish the top with whipping cream and cherry if desire. Pretty simple, right? But it will change your life!

Notes: It’s way tastier when you drink it out of a mason jar!

Watermelon Margarita


Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups frozen watermelon cubes
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 large lemon, squeezed (lime juice also works very well! use 2 limes)
  • 1 fresh banana
  • 2 shots of tequila (or sub with more water or fruit juice)
  • Cayenne powder (few dashes)
  • 2 slices of watermelon (frozen with rind on for garnish)

Directions

Add ingredients to blender and blend and pour. The cayenne pepper can either be added to the mixture or over top after blended.

Garnish with frozen watermelon rind slices.

Serve and enjoy!