Sexy Summer Fruit Cocktails: Electric Yellow Watermelon

Stir things up with the classic fruit's sassy sister

 


Watermelon oh watermelon, what a stroll down memory lane you evoke. From seed spitting contests, to sticky fingers and stickier cheeks, to dare we leave out, filling you with cheap vodka and sticking you in the freezer for a feisty evening of fun, you have enriched our lives throughout the years, dear pink melon. For these reasons and many more we will never forget you, our loyal and trusty friend, especially not during the dog days of summer. However, maybe just this once we’ll take your wild, sassy sister for a spin; the electric yellow watermelon. Yes, it’s about to get juicy.

The electric yellow watermelon, also known as yellow crimson watermelon has grown in popularity over recent years and can be found during the months of summer in most grocery stores. It tends to be a tad sweeter tasting than its notorious pink counterpart, and with floral and honey notes it shines as a star cocktail ingredient.
All in the golden afternoon is as hydrating as a liquid libation can be. It bursts with a light, sweet freshness that defies the heat of the midday sun. The mint and basil add a depth of earthiness, while the watermelon juice uplifts the flavor and pleasures the palette. The result is juicy harmony, harp stings and all. But don’t thank us; thank your dear old friend watermelon.


All in the golden afternoon…

Serving Size: 1
1 ¾ oz electric yellow watermelon infused Hendricks Gin (non-infused can be used)
¾ oz white dessert wine (late harvest riesling, sauternes or tokaj work nicely)
3 large leaves of mint
2 large leaves of basil
1 ½ oz juice of electric yellow watermelon (or 5 2”x2” watermelon chunks)
¾ oz lemon
1 ½ oz soda water
Muddle the mint and basil together with firm pressure for 15 seconds. If you do not have a juicer, muddle the watermelon chunks after and on top of the herbs for an additional 15 seconds. Add all ingredients minus the soda water and shake over ice for 30 seconds. Fine strain into an ice filled mason jar and top with the soda water. Garnish with a thin “stalk” of yellow watermelon and one basil sprig and let the heat relief commence.


Electric Yellow Watermelon Infused Hendricks Gin

1 750 ml Hendrick’s Gin
20 2”x2” chunks electric yellow watermelon
Place contents into a large, lidded glass container and let sit for 3 days, stirring occasionally. Fine strain back into Hendrick’s bottle.

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Comments

  • Mmm, to bad we couldn't make wine out of it!

    Aug 02, 2011 at 10:47 PM


  • Snooth User: madeablog
    603567 2

    I've also noticed orange watermelons at the market but have not tried them. Are they similar to yellow watermelons in taste profile? Would they work as a substitute?

    Aug 03, 2011 at 12:48 PM


  • Why not give it a try! I haven't seen orange watermelons out here in California, but I'm sure it'd be tasty! Let me know how it turns out. Best, Shar

    Aug 03, 2011 at 8:16 PM


  • Snooth User: nucmedtek
    813863 51

    how about a watermelon sangria?

    Aug 08, 2011 at 11:59 PM


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