Prep. time: A few minutes
Freezing time: 4 hours
This cocktail was originally made with a teaspoon of sugar sprinkled over ice and the juice of one or two limes was squeezed over the sugar. Two or three ounces of white rum completed the mixture and was served in a tall glass packed with cracked ice. It evolved in the ‘20’s to be mixed in a shaker with the same ingredients over shaved ice. The Daiquirí was one of the favorite drinks of writer Ernest Hemingway and President John F. Kennedy. Made with sweet, hydrating watermelon, here is our updated version of this classic cocktail – enjoy!
Bartender's Tip: sugar the rim by rubbing the glass rim with lime juice. Place the glass upside down in a dish of sugar before filling with the daiquiri mixture.
- Slice watermelon in half, then slice each half into 1 inch slices, remove rind from each slice.
- Cut each slice into 1 inch cubes and place cubes in a shallow baking pan.
- Place the pan with watermelon cubes in freezer and freeze for approx. 4 hours.
- Combine frozen watermelon cubes, rum, lime juice, and orange-flavored liqueur in a blender.
- Process until smooth, stopping once to scrape down sides.
- Add enough ice to bring mixture to the 5-cup level; process until smooth.
- Repeat procedure, if necessary, until mixture measures 5 cups.
- Serve in elegant stemware with a line slice on the side.
Photo and collaboration: National Watermelon Promotion Board, www.watermelon.org.
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