Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fresh Watermelon Mojito Shots

Hello Gelophiles,

Summer is upon us and delicious fruit abound. The peaches and blueberries in our community garden are almost ripe and ready for picking and I'm swimming in cucumbers and tomatoes. Technically fruit, but not the most common base for a gelatin shot. So I turned to   watermelon at the local market.

Here's a refreshing summery shot for your next outdoor picnic.

Fresh Watermelon Mojito shots.

The best part of making these shots is juicing the watermelon. Cut a hole or square just a bit larger than a potato masher. Insert the masher and go to town like you're making butter!! (although I've never made butter, but I've watched enough Little House on the Prairie.)

Then I extracted and filtered the juice in a sieve and put aside. 

For the mint simple syrup, I used the mint leaves from our back yard plot.  Summer in New England is enough to make you forget the atrocities of winter. Almost.

The recipe is as follows:

2 cups fresh watermelon juice- strained in a sieve
3 1/2 envelopes Knox
½ cup castor sugar
½ cup mint simple syrup (see below)
3 Tbsp. lime juice
½ cup watermelon vodka
2 Tbsp. tequila
mint simple syrup
1 cup water
1 cup castor sugar
½ cup mint leaves

These were the perfect addition to the outdoor performance of "All's Well That Ends Well."  

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