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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Watermelon now a popular cocktail ingredient

  • It’s easy to see why. Watermelon is refreshing, not overly sweet, and it adds a lovely pink hue to libations. Here are three cocktail recipes from the National Watermelon Promotion Board. We find the Spiked Watermelon Balls especially clever.

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  • Move over mango. Watermelon seems to be the “it” cocktail ingredient this summer.
    It’s easy to see why. Watermelon is refreshing, not overly sweet, and it adds a lovely pink hue to libations. Here are three cocktail recipes from the National Watermelon Promotion Board. We find the Spiked Watermelon Balls especially clever.
    Watermelon Mango Margarita
    2 cups chopped seedless watermelon
    1 piece ripe mango
    2 limes, juice extracted
    1 tablespoon sugar
    1 tablespoon Triple Sec
    2 jiggers tequila
    2 cups ice
    Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Makes 2 to 3 servings.
    Spiked Watermelon Balls
    1/4 watermelon, small and ripe
    1/3 cup water
    1/2 cup light rum
    1/3 cup sugar
    1/3 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
    1 teaspoon grated lime peel
    Bring the water to a boil. Stir in sugar and simmer for 3 minutes. Add the rum and simmer for another 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool somewhat before adding the lime juice and the grated lime peel. Cut melons into balls with a melon baller. Pour the syrup over the fruit, mix gently, cover and chill for several hours before serving. Makes 8-10 servings.
    Watermelon Mimosa
    1 cup watermelon juice (puree, strained)
    1/2 cup light champagne (preferably not brut, but rather asti or similar)
    Divide watermelon juice among 2 to 3 champagne flutes. Fill with champagne and enjoy! Makes 2 to 3 cocktails.
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