July 16, 2011

Huey, Dewey, and Louie in rain coats

A summer cocktail I came up with when I couldn't eat any more watermelon and still had half a melon to find good uses for.

I named it in honor of a guy I know who was fascinated by a comic strip in the Danish Donald Duck magazine where Donald's nephews get to share a water melon and put on rain coats before they dug in.

For a small Danish boy having never seen much less eaten a watermelon that was a very intriguing concept.
  • 5 cl Absolute Vanilla Vodka
  • 2 cl Campari
  • 1 cl fresh grapefruit juice
  • 3 sprigs of lavender
  • sugar
  • 2 cl of water melon cordial*
Start by making the cordial: Blend half a small water melon and double strain into a pitcher, then add about 1 cl maple syrup and the juice of 1/2-1 lime depending on how you like the sweet-sour balance. Cool the cordial.

In the bottom of a high ball glass muddle the flowers of 2 sprigs of lavender with the sugar and grapefruit juice.

Add ice and the vodka and the Campari, stir to chill and then top off with the cold water melon cordial. Garnish with the last sprig of lavender pushed through a wedge of grapefruit.

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