Summer calls for cool, refreshing cocktails to suit the season. Though everyone has their go-to favorites, food and drink connoisseur Rozanne Gold has revealed a new watermelon lemonade mocktail/cocktail that promises to be a big hit at barbecues and around the fire pit.
Gold, who adds pureed watermelon to her concoction, says, "You can adjust the level of sweetness by experimenting with the amount of honey and lemon. And during cocktail hour, you might add a fourth ingredient—vodka."
To make this slightly tangy, slightly sweet summer cocktail, you’ll need the following:
Ingredients: 1 1/2 lb. sliced seedless watermelon, zest of 1 lemon, 3/4 cup of fresh lemon juice, 1/2 cup mild honey, such as orange blossom, and 1 lemon.
Directions: In the bowl of a food processor, place watermelon and process until very smooth. Strain through a coarse sieve set over a bowl, stirring to push through any pulp. Pour juice into a large pitcher. Add lemon zest. In a bowl, whisk lemon juice and honey until honey dissolves; stir into watermelon juice. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cold water; cover and refrigerate until very cold. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices.
Another Gold summer cocktail is the Apple-Ginger-Pear Martini, which includes the following:
Ingredients: 1 ½ cups pear nectar, 2 ½ cups apple juice, 4 limes, 4 teaspoons honey, 1 ¼ cups vodka, and 4-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
Directions: Stir pear nectar and apple juice together in a pitcher. Halve 3 limes and squeeze 6 tablespoons juice into the pitcher. Add the honey and stir until dissolved; stir in the vodka. Grate ginger on the large holes of a box grater. Place the grated ginger in a paper towel and squeeze to extract 1 tablespoon of juice; add to pitcher. Stir, cover, and chill well. Pour into chilled martini glasses or serve over ice. Garnish each with a thin slice of the remaining lime.
Rozanne Gold, a renowned chef, author, and philanthropist, has been a consulting chef at The Rainbow Room and Windows on the World in Manhattan. A four-time James Beard Award, Gold is also the acclaimed author of thirteen cookbooks.