Happy Hour: The Perfect Poolside Cocktail

It’s officially summer, that means you can put down the scotch.

Summer has arrived and the temperatures across a lot of the US are reflecting it. As things heat up, we need to do our best to figure out a way to cool ourselves down. Why not also throw in a nice poolside buzz?

A great way to consider what drink to make for your next BBQ or pool party is to go to the grocery store and ask the produce manager what is currently the freshest fruit they have. The freshest will also be the juiciest, which is going to lead to some delicious drinks. Currently, watermelon seems to be quite abundant, meaning we should all be juicing and concocting the best melons we can find.

When mixing cocktails with fruit, you’ll mainly want to stick with clear spirits like vodka, gin, and silver tequila. These flavors are more easily masked and combined with citrus fruits. Here’s a great example of a drink that will have everyone exciting about your party.

Watermelon Slush

Making slushy cocktails can be a bit of a pain unless you’re properly prepared. Be sure you have plenty of ice. If you can get your hands on smaller cubes in bags at the store, then go for it. Also, you’ll want to ensure you have a nice enough blender to take on the job. It’s best to batch cocktails like this rather than make them individually. Also, if you really want to do it right, there will be some pre-prep required. Here’s what you’ll need to create four drinks, so multiply the recipe for however many you want:

12 ounces of watermelon juice

4 ounces of silver tequila (or preferred spirit)

2 ounces Aperol

.25 ounce lime juice

2 tablespoons Agave or similar sweetener

3 cups of crushed ice

Get an empty ice cube tray and pour the watermelon juice into the tray. Freeze the juice for a minimum of four hours.

Mix the frozen watermelon cubes and the rest of the ingredients together in a blender and pulse them until smooth. Add a bit more sweetener or watermelon juice if they’re too strong.

Pour into four glasses, garnish with a watermelon wedge. You can also add a sugared rim to the glass for an extra touch.


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