Watermelon Martini

Watermelon Martini

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Chilling time: 20 minutes for the glasses
Serves: 6

12 oz. watermelon juice (made from approx. half a seeded watermelon)*
¼ c. sugar
¼ c. kosher salt
5 oz. premium vodka
4 oz. melon or orange liqueur
2 oz. lime juice
Lime wedges
1 c. fresh mint leaves

Chill martini glasses for 20 minutes before starting recipe. Combine sugar and salt on a plate. Rub rim with lime wedges and dip in sugar mix. Combine half the watermelon juice, vodka and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with several sprigs of mint. Add ice and shake well. Strain into chilled glasses. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

*To make fresh watermelon juice blend watermelon in a food processor or blender until smooth, and strain into a pitcher. Alternatively, muddle the watermelon in batches in a small pitcher and strain.

By Carrie Hanna, Southern Boating Magazine, August 2015