It’s a Watermelon Summer

Summer calls for barbecues, warm nights, and watermelon drinks.  I love when I pull ice cold watermelon from the fridge.  I can eat the entire thing in one sitting.  I mean, it is just water isn’t it?
Here’s a watermelon juice recipe that’s a breeze to make and uses only 2 ingredients.  That’s right! Two! You can’t get any simpler than that.  I bet you can guess what the ingredients are.  Most watermelon drinks require you to dilute the pulp with water and sugar or with a soda, but with this one you get the full flavor.

Ingredients:
1/2 a medium-sized watermelon
juice of 1 lime

Cut the watermelon in large cubes. Discard the rind. Blend all the watermelon with the juice of a lime and strain. You can use a juicer if you have it. Chill and stir before serving.  

There it is! That was the easiest recipe I have ever written! Enjoy the rest of your summer with this by your side.  You can even add a shot of tequila to it if you’re feeling a little spunky!

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Honey Bourbon Cocktail

This is the first post in my new Cheers! section.  I’m no mixologist, and I don’t know the difference between whiskey and whisky (a true mixologist explained the difference to me once but I can’t remember – maybe one too many drinks?), but I do enjoy mixed cocktails and I’ve been wanting to learn to make them at home minus the $12 per drink price.
I was inspired from a drink that I tried at a lounge in Downtown L.A.  It was a smooth blend of whiskey (or whisky) and honey.  Here, I’ve added my own twist.  I used W.L.Weller Special Reserve bourbon, blood orange bitters, honey, and lemon for a smooth and easy to drink cocktail.  This bourbon has a warm, soft aroma.  I love the golden, honey color of the cocktail once everything is stirred together.

Ingredients:
(makes 1 drink)
1 1/2 oz. of bourbon or whiskey. I used W.L. Weller Special Reserve Bourbon.
1 oz. of honey syrup = 2 Tbs. honey + 3 Tbs. boiling water (use the extra for more drinks)
dash of blood orange bitters (I got mine at BevMo) or any other type of bitters
squirt of 1 lemon wedge
lemon wedge for garnish

Bring the water to boil and add honey to the pot.  Remove from heat as soon as the honey melts.  Set in fridge to cool.  Once the honey syrup has cooled down, combine all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and stir.  I like to stir it up instead of shaking so that the honey doesn’t settle on the bottom of the cocktail shaker.  Pour into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with a lemon wedge.

As the flu season is coming around, I can imagine this drink served up warm. Bourbon, honey, lemon… sounds like a good prescription to me! Cheers!