Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Deb's Watermelon and Cucumber Tonics

From Kahakai Kitchen...

Looking for a thirst-quenching cocktail for your next event? These Watermelon and Cucumber Tonics are a great way to go--they practically scream summer! They are from July's Sunset magazine--part of a drool-worthy feature with five delicious looking summer cocktail-appetizer pairings. (These were matched with Honey Sesame Grilled Chicken Wings.) Having some fresh, local watermelon and cucumber on hand, and a bottle of gin in the pantry, these were easy to throw together.

Sunset says,"Serve any remaining juice mixture over ice for guests who prefer a nonalcoholic drink--or make extra so guests can have both."

Watermelon and Cucumber Tonics
Julianna Grimes, Sunset Magazine, July 2010
(Serves 8 / 25 Minutes)

6 cups cubed, seeded watermelon, divided
1/4 cup mint leaves
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 English cucumber, peeled and cut in chunks
2 1/2 cups tonic water, chilled
1 1/4 cups gin

Combine half each of watermelon, mint, juice, and cucumber in a blender or food processor; whirl until smooth.

Line a fine strainer with 4 layers of cheesecloth, letting cheesecloth extend over edges, and set over a bowl. Strain watermelon mixture. Gather edges of cheesecloth and squeeze out remaining juice. Discard solids. Repeat (from step 1) with remaining watermelon, mint, lemon juice, and cucumber.

Stir 2 1/2 cups juice mixture, tonic, and gin in a pitcher. Pour into glasses filled with ice. Serve any extra juice as is.

Per Serving: 135 cal; 0% from fat; 0.5g protein; 0g fat; 14g carbs; (0.7g fiber); 7mg sodium, 0mg chol.

Notes/Results: Pretty in pink and perfectly refreshing and delicious. I like the fact that these don't have extra sugar added to them--the watermelon adds enough sweetness. The gin works well here, but if you aren't a fan I imagine rum, vodka or even tequila would be fine. A big pitcher of these on a hot day would be great with something spicy or something from the grill. I definitely will make them again.


Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen said...

Looks so yummy and refreshing!

Kim said...

I want one (or two) right now ;-)