Childhood summers are way different than adult summers. Duh. I didn’t have to tell you that.
When I was ten I went to summer camp up in Big Bear Lake, California and one of the activities was jet-skiing. Back then you could jet ski at ten! That was somehow legal! Wha?! I remember even as I was steering the jet ski, smacking hard waves, thinking in my lil’ brain how weird it was, how wrong it felt. Did I object? Of course not.
Also, a few of us girls used put each other in the dryer and turn it on. What were we thinking? I have no idea, but I remember going around and around in the dryer and thinking it was SOOO funny. What a weirdo.
Adult summers are way less cool, though last Friday at 10:30am I drank half of this cocktail. Living on the edge!
This cocktail is refreshing with a capital R. It’s like the tastiest thing ever. And look how pretty! I’m obsessed with the pretty green color.
A few weeks ago while I was at my local wine shop, I came across this fancy-ass gin. St. George describes this particular bottle as tasting like “a meadow in bloom–herbaceous, fresh and elegant.” Umm…okay! Sure.
It went really well with this refreshing, sweet honeydew melon that was perfectly ripe.
This drank is what you want to be drankin’ on a super hot, late-summer evening. Or day. However you roll!
Melon Gin and Tonic
4 cups chopped honeydew melon (from a 1 pound melon) and melon balls for ganish
1/4 cup organic cane sugar
1/4 cup water
Gin of choice (I used St. Geroge)
Tonic of choice (I looove Fever Tree)
Melon balls on skewers
1. In the jar of a blender, add the honeydew melon, organic cane sugar and water. Blend until very smooth, about 1 minute. Place a sieve over a bowl. Pour the honeydew puree into the sieve and discard the pulp. Note: Now, I found that the mixture was still a little thick so I decided to strain it one more time. If you have a cheesecloth, you’ll only need to strain it once (I didn’t have one).
2. Add a few ice cubes to each of the four glasses. Pour in three fluid ounces of honeydew juice to each glass; top with one to two fluid ounces of gin (this will depend on taste) and add a splash of tonic. Garnish the drink with a skewer of melon balls.
Serves 4 cocktails