Summer, it’s slipping away from us. It’s going out with the muggy evenings and thunderstorms. Except it's quietly creeping, instead of flashing and booming away into the distance.
But just like that, it will be gone. If I had my way, I’d be sitting in a creaky rocking chair on an old wooden porch watching the thunderbolts in the distance and listening to Lana Del Rey, with summer disintegrating around me.
And sipping this cocktail. This watermelon number is a doozy. The perfect base for a lazy evening. It took kindly to white tequila and a salted glass rim last week. But it would work equally with Boston-based Bully Boy's white whiskey, which has a sweet, very slight smokiness to it.
As for Lana? Her song “Videogames” is the quintessential late summer melody. It’s sultry. Heady. You want it to last a little bit longer. Sipping a strong watermelon drink and listening to her just lends itself to romancing about summer memories.
Singing in the old bars. Swinging with the old stars. Living for the fame. Kissing in the blue dark. Playing pool and wild darts. Video games.
Ohhh, she’s good. Something about her haunting lyrics paired with this drink makes saying goodbye to summer a little easier.
1/2 cup sugar
Pinch of kosher salt
1 small watermelon (or about 6 cups cut in 1" chunks)
2-3 limes, freshly squeezed
1.5-1.75 cups of liquor (white tequila, bourbon, etc.)
Combine 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 cup water to make a simple syrup in a saucepan. Heat sugar water on medium heat until sugar dissolves completely. Set aside.
Blend watermelon with the juice of two limes in a food processor or blender; add simple syrup. (Depending on the size of your processor you may have to do this in two batches.) Taste and add the juice of another lime depending on preference. Add booze.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add watermelon mixture. Shake mixture and strain into glasses with additional ice cubes.
Makes about 6 cocktails
-I love margaritas with salt. If you'd like to salt the rim of your glass, rub a wedge of lime around the outer lip of your glass and then dip the glass upside down into a plate containing kosher salt. You could also just use water, simply dip you glass in a small plate of water and then salt.
-If you are making margaritas, use white tequila. It provides a cleaner flavor. ("They" also say it provides less of a hangover.) (Each drink has about 2 ounces of liquor in it.)
-This mixture can be frozen, with or without booze, until it is needed. Defrost the night before you plan to use it in your fridge. (Note that it will not freeze completely if there is alcohol in it.)