I have a love affair with watermelon that is hot and heavy all summer long and cold as ice the rest of the year. Watermelon just doesn’t deliver anytime except the summer months. I make myself wait until it is really summer to buy my first-of-the-season watermelon. Anyone else do this too?
I knew I wanted to pair this cocktail with a high energy summer album but spent a while figuring out which one in my collection would suit the cocktail. Fate delivered with the unfortunate news of a legend passing on. Aretha’s voice is incredible. I really love this album, because it is different, it is special, sort of like watermelon only in the summer. This was Aretha’s ‘younger sound’ album. I’ve read she wanted to replicate the songs playing on the radio. I personally love this album, it is high energy, perfect for late summer nights dancing while the sun sets or barbequing for friends. Fortunately, my watermelon aloe cocktail pairs excellently with both!
I chose to use aloe in this cocktail because it really allows the watermelon to shine and makes it so that you don’t have to use any sweetener in the cocktail at all! The watermelon puree’ natural sweetness is all you need to have a perfect marriage between rum, aloe and watermelon. Sip away while celebrating one incredible artist’s life and hopefully putting on another record of her’s after this one spins.
Watermelon Aloe Cocktail
Makes 1 drink
- 5 mint leaves
- 2 oz aloe juice
- 2 oz aged rum
- 4 oz watermelon puree*
- pinch of salt (to taste) or 2 drops of saline solution
- Mince (or rip with your fingers) the mint leaves into the bottom of your cocktail glass. Top with 5 ice cubes.
- In a cocktail shaker, add the next 4 ingredients.
- Add 5-7 ice cubes, shake well.
- Strain into the cocktail glass and stir.
- Garnish with mint leaves and watermelon cubes.
- *To make the the watermelon puree, I usually take the ‘outside’ pieces of the watermelon that have a touch of white on them. Puree about 1.5 cups of watermelon in a food processor.