Watermelon Lemonade Cooler

It has been one hot summer in DC and this Watermelon Lemonade Cooler was the perfect cocktail to sip with friends as we sat on our porch and enjoyed a warm evening. Since my roommates and I had invited guests over, I chose this recipe for it’s elegant and easy presentation. Having a staple cocktail at a party is a nice¬†way to take the stress off hosting.

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I decided earlier in the day that I wanted to make this tart treat, but I got caught up at work and had to rush home before guests arrived. I was so lucky to pick up the last watermelon at the small market located between the metro and my house. I was even luckier to find that my roommate Taylor had arrived home before me and was willing to help me chop the fruit.MG 0467

The recipe calls for about a cup of rosemary simple syrup, and in order to get the best flavor, the mix needs to steep for about an hour. The syrup is quite simple to make (see what I did there?).

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I boiled a cup of water with about 3/4 cup of sugar and a few sprigs of rosemary. My good friend, Trevor, told me that he likes to use powdered sugar. I just used regular sugar for this batch but I trust Trevor’s advice on all things delicious, so I will definitely try using powdered sugar in the future.

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While Taylor and I waited for the simple syrup to steep, we cubed the watermelon and sliced juiced the lemons. We used a whole watermelon and squeezed a cup of lemon juice (about 8-10 lemons).

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This is a pretty easy recipe to make once all the prep work is completed. Pour the lemon juice in a blender (Taylor loves the ninja) and add the watermelon a few cups at a time. Blend until the mixture is a smooth consistency. Add about half a cup of the simple syrup, but if you want it a little sweeter then add more to taste (no more than a cup, remember that the watermelon is pretty sweet).

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Carefully pour the mixture into a large pitcher and add two cups of ice water and about 8 ounces of gin. The juniper flavor of the gin blends really well with the rosemary. I recommend serving the cocktail in a tumbler over ice (especially if you are running late from work and don’t have time to let it chill!).

I really liked this cocktail. It tasted fresh and the color is beautiful. Here is the original recipe.

Enjoy!

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