Rosemary Watermelon Cocktail/Mocktail

If you are a follower of this blog, you would know that my recent herb discovery is ‘rosemary’, and that I am absolutely crazy about its aroma. This mocktail/cocktail adds more to that love. But, don’t worry if you don’t have access rosemary. Mint is a really great substitute here. This mocktail is very light and refreshing, and if you are like me who got a huuuge watermelon on sale, and you’re not sure what to do with it, here is your redemption. 🙂

Ingredients:
2 cups watermelon cubed
1 sprig of rosemary
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
2-3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup club soda(optional)
1/4 cup dark rum(optional)
salt for the rims(optional)
Watermelon wedges, for garnish

Method:
In a small saucepan over medium heat combine the sugar, water and rosemary. Let it boil until the sugar is well dissolved, about 3 minutes. Switch off the stove and let the rosemary steep the simple syrup for 10-15 minutes.
Remove the rosemary and add the simple syrup and lemon juice to the watermelon cubes in the blender. Blend until everything comes together. (If you use mint in place of the rosemary, blend the mint along with the watermelon cubes.) Strain the juice to remove any pulp or seeds. This step is optional, you can have it with the pulp also. Pour into glasses, top with club soda. Garnish with watermelon wedges. Serve chilled.

For cocktail, add some ice, the strained watermelon juice and rum into the shaker. Dip the edge of a martini glass in the juice, dredge the rims in salt. Strain the melon cocktail into the glass. Serve with a sprig of rosemary skewered with a melon cube.

Verdict: Sweet from the simple syrup and refreshing from the lemon juice, the mocktail had a hint of rosemary, that made it an elegant drink. The salt rim was a perfect contrast to the sweet cocktail that I wished I had rimmed the mocktails too. 🙂

This is my entry to the ‘drinks’ category in the ‘Sizzling Summer Contest’.

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