Lined up in massive mounds at farmer’s markets and green grocers, watermelons mark the very peak of summer, and when the weather gets unbearably hot, there is little more you would want to do other than laze around in a hammock and enjoy fresh slices of ruby red watermelon. While the fruit is great on its own, and has numerous health benefits (being a great source of Vitamin A, C and B6, along with amino acids citrulline and arginine), it also makes for a killer ingredient in summer cocktails, like the Watermelon Mai Tai.
A great drink for a poolside party or a summer evening get-together, this fresh, tangy summer beverage is made of five ingredients and is incredibly simple to make. Paired with tangy pineapple juice (which helps in reducing the risks of hypertension, helps those who want to lose weight, and is rich in Vitamin C), the mellow flavours of watermelon are heightened, making the Watermelon Mai Tai a delicious and irresistible summer drink.
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Serving Size: Serves 8 persons
Utensils: Electric blender, cocktail serving glasses
- 500g properly peeled and chopped watermelon
- 125ml/1/2 cup golden circle pineapple juice
- 125ml/1/2 cup white rum or Cachaca
- 60ml/1/4 cup triple sec liqueur
- 1 tablespoon grenadine
- Crushed ice
- Mint leaves for garnishing purposes
Start by taking an electric blender, and dropping in the chunks of peeled and chopped watermelon – you might want to buy a seedless watermelon for the purpose of making this cocktail. Once the watermelon is in, add in the golden circle pineapple juice, and put on the lid of the blender, making sure it is absolutely secure.
Turn the blender on, and pulse on medium speed for about 30 seconds, until both fruits have been pureed together, and attain a smooth consistency. Then, remove the lid, and pour in the white rum or Cachaca, triple sec liqueur, and one tablespoon of grenadine.
Secure the lid of the blender once again, and blitz everything at low speed, for around 8 seconds. Once all the liquids have been incorporated into the fruit puree, and the mixture is smooth, with no chunks of fruit, turn the blender off.
Distribute the crushed ice among your eight serving glasses, and then proceed to divide the watermelon mixture equally among all the glasses. Give each glass a final stir, garnish with mint leaves, place them in the refrigerator to cool, and then serve chilled.