Last year around this time Charity and I spent an unbearably hot afternoon in my apartment studio space mixing up and photographing summery cocktails. Since then I’ve been trying to better my mixology skills (you can find my watermelon mojitos here + three other fun drinks here) without having to spend too much on individual bottles of alcohol, mixers, and garnishes. Major amounts of added sugar spells instant hangover for me, so I like it keep it simple and just let real fruit and a few select extras (in this case, cucumber and thyme) take things up a notch rather than things like grenadine and syrups. Still sweet, yes, but not quite as bad.
I liked the taste of my watermelon mojitos, but this time around I had thyme on hand, not mint. Plus, a little cucumber that sounded refreshing on this particular 100 degree day.
Enter, a new summer cocktail!
After drinking copious amounts of water, of course.
I love these pink vintage glasses. I got a set of them at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. They’re perfect for pretty cocktail making on super hot days. The Rose Bowl on hot days? I do not reccomend. Anyway, this time, there were pink glasses aplenty at one stall, and right as I made my purchase about five other women came up to snag the rest. Cute glassware for all!
Watermelon thyme rum cocktail
½ small watermelon
few sprigs fresh thyme
3-4 cucumber slices
splash club soda, optional
Chop watermelon and a few slices of cucumber. Note, cucumber flavor gets strong quickly so if you don’t want it to overpower the other flavors, keep it minimal. Add to blender with desired amount of rum, ice, and a sprig or two of thyme. Blend on high, and strain in a fine mesh strainer. Add to tall cocktail glass and garnish with the remaining thyme and a slice of cucumber + watermelon wedge. Topping with club soda is another option. I crushed up extra ice afterward rather than putting it in before, and it looked kinda snow cone-y (thanks Gracias Madre for the inspo). Of course… it promptly melted.
This will make 2-4 servings depending on how much alcohol and ice you use. It’s easy to customize according to flavor preference, and you can always add more of any ingredient.
And that, friends, is as technical with a recipe I get!
What are you sipping on this summer?