Food & Entertaining - Garden to Table

Watermelon cooler

Denise Gee
Photography by
Robert M. Peacock

Refresh your summer guests with this fun and fruity beverage

Watermelon cooler

serves 4

This is the dreamiest drink I’ve had in ages. So agree the friends I most
 recently shared it with. They, like me, love how it’s naturally sweetened with 
honey. It’s a lot of fun to serve in chilled jelly glasses.


4 cups 2-inch cubes watermelon
1 cup vodka, chilled
2 tablespoons honey (see note)


Small watermelon wedges with rind (optional)

Note: Use standard honey (say, clover) instead of dark or other strongly flavoured version; otherwise it’ll change the drink’s flavour in a disappointing way.


Freeze the watermelon chunks in a zip-top plastic bag until just frozen, about
1 hour. Remove from the freezer and add to a blender. Pour in the vodka and 

Process until blended and pour into frosted cocktail or jelly glasses. Garnish,
if desired.

Do tell: The young, soft white seeds in a  “seedless” watermelon are perfectly find to ingest, actually, they make your drink look even more watermelon-y. 

porch-parties.jpgExcerpted from Porch Parties by Denise Gee Copyright © 2009 by Denise Gee. Excerpted by permission of Chronicle Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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