TASTE | SUMMER COOLER

BOOZY WATERMELON ROSEMARY LEMONADE

This recipe, from Food52 is one of my favorites for a refreshing summer drink. The original recipe calls for gin, but my preference is always for vodka, which according to the editors is "predictable," but hey I'll own it. Try it either way, you can't go wrong.

Serves 6

WHAT YOU NEED

3/4 cups sugar
2 cups water
4 sprigs rosemary
1 cup lemon juice - fresh squeezed
7 cups watermelon - cut into a 1" dice - approx half a medium watermelon
8 ounces gin
1 lemon - thinly sliced

WHAT YOU DO

Place sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan, add rosemary sprigs. Cook over medium heat stirring until the sugar dissolves. Once dissolved remove from heat, cover saucepan and let sit for at least an hour to infuse.
In a blender combine the lemon juice with cubed watermelon. Add the watermelon in batches, blending in between each addition.
Add in the rosemary simple syrup 1/4 cup at a time until the mixture is at your desired sweetness. I use about a cup.
Pour the mixture into a large pitcher and add 1 cup of cold water, and the gin. Stir to combine. Serve in jars garnished with a lemon slice and half of a rosemary sprig.


Food52 Editors' Comments: This tart, pink cocktail is a burst of summer in a glass. You don't strain the watermelon puree, which gives the drink some texture, and we love that it calls for gin instead of a more predictable spirit like vodka. The mineral quality of the gin is echoed in the rosemary infused syrup, which announces its presence clearly without hijacking the whole flavor profile. We recommend you serve this over plenty of ice in Mason jars. - A&M