Watermelon Vodka Spritzer
The other night Jill and I tried this new place in town called Ida Claire. It’s owned by a group that is opening some pretty hip, clever and good restaurants around town (Mexican Sugar, Whiskey Cake). Ida Claire is a southern type bistro with southern costal food that spans from Lousiana to South Carolina but also has plenty of Texas style dishes.
Jill ordered this watermelon julep that was so great. It had a little aperitif to smooth it out. So I had watermelon on my mind and decided to make a vodka watermelon drink.
I added some fresh cold watermelon into the blender and Vodka from the freezer. I also added the juice of 1 lime and blended it and strained some of it. Jill likes all pulp removed while I enjoy a little pulp.
Pour into a an iced glass about 3/4 full and top with Ginger Ale and some fresh mint. Summer in a glass but with no sugar added. If you want it sweeter you certainly could add a little simple sugar.
About 10 years ago my wife and I took an “award” trip to New York City. It was a really cool trip because we were given a nice wad of cash to spend each day over a long weekend. We tried so many amazing places. We read about a place that John Kennedy Jr frequented. Sorry but I cant recall the name of it. The waiter recommended a cocktail that was made with Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray soda. Celery Soda. Sounds awful but this cocktail blew me away. It’s haunted me for years.
Yesterday I went to Central Market because it’s Hatch Chili season and spotted Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray on the shelf. I bought them all. (4 six packs) and researched some recipes to see if I could recreate that NYC cocktail. By George.. I did it. So this one is for John-John and his George magazine venture.
3 oz Titos Vodka 1.5 oz Lemon Juice 2 tbs sliced cucumber (about 3-4 slices and then quartered) Topped with Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray