Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Watermelon Mint Spritzer

Does a spritzer have to have sparkling wine in it? Oh shoot I've already failed. Last summer I was all about cocktails with watermelon juice in them, so refreshing. This weekend my grocery store went nuts with watermelon so I decided to grab a bottle of juice. We also had a ton of mint (from making this pasta - so freaking good!) Watermelon mint cocktails? Coming right up! 

Have you ever grown mint? It's basically a weed so it grows all over the place and refuses to die, no matter how many days in a row you forget to water it. I had a plant back in my first apartment in Chicago that was huge. Over the winter I was lazy and basically just let the plant die and stay in the same pot outside over the winter, through a couple of blizzards. In the spring not only was the plant growing again, but it had also managed to hop into a couple of other pots! For a girl with a black thumb I really like growing it because it makes me look like I have some skills hahaha.

I don't know about you, but if I'm going to be garnishing my cocktail I always choose lemon over lime. Bartenders usually give me a look, like I'm making a crazy request instead of just asking they put a slice of lemon instead of lime in my vodka tonic. It just tastes a lot more fresh and bright to me. 

So anyway, the recipe! Add ice, 2 ounces of watermelon juice, and 1.5 ounces of vodka to a cocktail shaker, then shake it on up! Pour into a rocks glass, add a little bit of ice, and then fill the rest of the glass up with sprite. Top with a squeeze of lemon and a couple of mint leaves. 

Bottoms up!

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