Watermelon is a refreshing flavor that serves as a reminder of summer. This lightly sweet fruit is the perfect complement to a martini, which is typically made with vodka. This drink can also be made to look especially festive with some simple garnishes. Follow these tips to make a watermelon martini.
Things You'll Need
Puree the fresh watermelon using a blender or food processor. The mixture should be smooth and free of chunks.
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes. Crushed ice does not work as well, because it tends to dilute the martini’s flavor.
Add 1 1/2 parts of the watermelon puree and 1 part vodka to the cocktail shaker. Let the mixture sit for about a minute.
Trace the rim of a martini glass with a wet washcloth and dip the rim in pink or green sugar to give the watermelon martini extra sweetness and color.
Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with fresh slices or balls of watermelon. These can be made with a melon baller. If the melon balls are too soft, freeze the watermelon for several minutes before scooping the melon balls out.
If the flavor of fresh watermelon puree is not strong enough for your liking, add 1 part of melon liqueur.
Be sure to remove all seeds when pureeing the watermelon.