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July 17, 2008

Watermelon Madness

This Miami lifestyle of pool parties and barbeques practically requires a refreshing cocktail counterpart. With that, the recently developed Poczik’s Pitchers of Pain have been in full force. This latest trend of delicious cocktail concoctions has included Mojitos, Whiskey Sours, Margaritas, Hemingways and Caipirinhas. With such a tough list of competitors it was surprising that this one special blend beat out the others by a long shot. I bring you the Watermelon Madness.

Watermelon Vodka Cooler

1 1/2 pounds (4 cups) sliced seedless watermelon, rind removed
1 cup lemon sorbet
1 1/2 cups Vodka

Fix time: about 15 minutes

In a food processor blend watermelon, sorbet and vodka until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until very cold. Serve over ice.

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Measurements: The ratio in this recipe is more of a guideline than a recipe. It can also be very easily doubled (or tripled). I recommend making extra (and adding more vodka), trust me you will love it.

Ingredients: The sorbet adds some sweetness but I find that adding simple syrup is a must for any cocktail. Simple syrup is made by stirring sugar into hot water in a sauce pan until the sugar is dissolved and then cooling. Generally, a ratio of two parts sugar to one part water is used. Yes, it really is that simple.

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Flavor: To the simple syrup you can add lemon zest (one lemon per serving) and/or mint.

Serving Suggestions: I like to make these in big batches and serve them over ice. For garnish I add mint leaves and chunks of watermelon. If you want to get really fancy use a melonballer for your watermelon.

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