Song of the summer

The Drink: Watermelon Lemonade

No self-respecting cocktail enthusiast can go through the summer season without using watermelon in a delicious beverage. The bright color and watery texture are ideal components for drinks. Martinis, margaritas, sangria – you can’t go wrong with this ingredient!

 

 

 

The Ingredients/Recipe:

This version of Watermelon Lemonade is a Shoes & Cocktails exclusive! And, it is actually quite good minus the booze, if you want to go that route.

(Recipe makes 3-4 drinks)

  • Cut ½ of a small watermelon into large chunks (do yourself a favor and get a seedless melon)
  • Puree in a blender, then strain into a pitcher (you should have enough liquid for a 3 to 1 alcohol ratio)
  • Add juice of two lemons
  • Add 3 or 4 shots vodka, preferably Absolut Citron
  • Mix well, then pour over ice
  • Garnish with fresh basil

Modifications: I generally prefer things tart rather than sweet. If this recipe is too tart for your liking, I recommend adding more watermelon, or 1 to 2 ounces of triple sec, Cointreau, or some other form of simple syrup. You can also garnish with mint, and/or lemon or watermelon wedges. I prefer basil because it is growing outside my backdoor, and nothing beats that smell in the summer!

Bonus tip: Here’s another perfect opportunity for using flavored ice cubes. Pour watermelon puree into your ice tray and freeze.

The Occasion:

Summer is a very important time for one’s social agenda. Picnics, backyard barbeques, trips to the lake, the beach – there are endless opportunities for enjoying cocktails with friends. I say, download these summer hits to your IPod, fire up the grill, slip on any number of yellow shoes because they will perfectly accessorize the watermelon cocktail in your hand.

The Shoes: Yellow Shoes

Yellow shoes are this season’s hot item for your warm weather wardrobe. Practically every brand has its own version; there are so many choices and so many styles. I personally like my friend LC’s shown below because (a) the quilting texture is unique, (b) they are wedges (and we all know the benefits of wearing wedges for those summer outdoor activities), and (c) check out the super-cool clear wedge heel. Great find!

 

posted by Ms. S&C

5 responses to “Song of the summer

  1. What sexy feet in those gorgeous yellow wedges!!!

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll get to enjoy a delicious watermelon based concotion in the very near future… preferrably with 3-4 shots of vodka included.

  2. shoesandcocktails

    S&C will be on vacation until next week. We’re headed to the lake with friends! It is time to live what we write. That means we’ll be drinking during the day, holding extended cocktail hours, and making cocktails for every occasion (delicious, refreshing watermelon cocktails included). Full report on the festivities next week!

  3. shoesandcocktails

    Okay kids – Shoes & Cocktails delivered on the watermelon lemonade cocktail this past weekend. It was an absolute hit if I say so myself. Fortunately, I had my sous-mixologist, Rob, at the bar with me and the consensus was extra sugar is necessary to balance out the lemons. We didn’t have triple sec on-hand and we didn’t feel like taking the time on making our own simple syrup, so 2 cans of 7-Up were added (for one whole watermelon) and it was a perfect addition. Garnished with thai basil from JD’s garden, and I was blushing from the praise — and from the bottle of vodka we added to the pitcher:)

  4. Someday I hope my feet grace these pages… though I fear I may have a long way to go until then.

  5. Nice post with good collections of sexy yellow shoes….. Looking for Women’s Work Shoes i would like to suggest to visit site http://www.bootbiz.com.

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