Watermelon vodka slushie

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PREP TIME

10 min

TOTAL TIME

4 hrs 10 min

Makes

5 cups

Watermelon vodka slushie

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Once you try this ultimate summer cocktail, you'll never again hesitate to buy a whole watermelon. Just freeze leftover melon so it's ready when you want to whirl up a cool luscious drink.


Ingredients

  • 1/4 seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup vodka , or gin
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • fresh raspberries and blueberries , optional
  • lemon slices , optional

Instructions

  • Peel watermelon and chop into 1-inch (2.5-cm) pieces. You should have about 5 cups (1.25 L). Place in a plastic bag and freeze at least 4 hours, preferably overnight or up to 1 month.
  • Just before serving, place frozen watermelon in a blender. Pour in vodka, lime juice, orange liqueur and sugar. Whirl or pulse until frothy and almost smooth. Pour into cocktail or martini glasses. Skewer berries or small watermelon balls and a slice of lemon on toothpicks and prop on rim of glass or place in drink.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 240,
  • Protein
  • 1.1 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26.7 g,
  • Fat
  • 0.8 g,
  • Fibre
  • 0.7 g,
  • Sodium
  • 5 mg.

Frosty Watermelon Ice

For another chilled treat, in a food processor, puree pulp from half a watermelon along with 1/4 cup (50 mL) each vodka and sugar in 2 or 3 batches. Pour into a large, shallow plastic or freezer-safe dish, preferably with a lid. To perk up flavour, add a spoonful or two of orange liqueur and/or lime juice. Add only a little at a time, tasting after each addition. Cover with lid, plastic wrap or foil. Place at the back of the freezer until firm to the touch. This will take at least 3 hours. Keep frozen up to 2 weeks. To serve, scrape a wide metal spoon across top of frozen mixture, forming more of a granita texture. Or turn entire frozen block onto a chopping board. Cut into large pieces and pulse in food processor just until as fine as you like. Spoon into dessert dishes. Add a sprig of fresh mint. Serves 8