Drink Up: A Great Pair of Melons!

Two melon drinks that are sweet but not too sweet, fun, but not obnoxious. The morning show team of cocktails, you could say.

Nice Melons: The Lady Godzilla and the Watermelon Mojito

Melons have such friendly flavors, it seems to me they would work in almost any kind of drink. To test this theory, I invited a couple of friends to be my test monkeys and we hit the kitchen for a bit of mad cocktail science. Here are the results: The Watermelon Mojito and the Lady Godzilla Cooler.

Even though it requires a little blending and straining, watermelon juice is summer itself. Mint and rum turn the whole thing into one pretty, fresh-tasting cocktail. Almost made me want to ditch my dirty apron for a summer frock and a wide-brimmed hat.

The second melon drink is a variation on The Lady Godzilla, one of the best named cocktails ever. The original Lady Godzilla, although delicious, is stronger than a giant mutant Lizard, so we toned her down by creating the Lady Godzilla Cooler, in which we added pineapple juice, ice and a dash of club soda to lighten her up. To make this, I purchased a small bottle of Midori, the Japanese melon liqueur, but I’ll use it again at Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, or if the Green Lantern drops by, because who can resist a cocktail with a nuclear green glow?

The recipes are below, so call a friend and start your melons. And thanks to my testers Frank and Denise, for being such a great pair themselves.

Watermelon Mojito

1/2 cup watermelon cubes per drink

2 oz. white rum

Juice of 1/4 small lime

4-5 mint leaves, plus additional leaves for garnish

Whirl watermelon cubes in a blender until pureed. Pour puree through a strainer into a bowl. (You may need to stir the puree to help the juice separate from the solids, although a bit of puree never hurt anybody.) In a cocktail shaker or lidded container, muddle the mint leaves with the lime juice. Pour in 4 ounces of watermelon juice, add rum and ice. Shake vigorously and strain everything but the mint and ice into a cocktail or martini glass. Garnish with fresh mint leaves. If you prefer a mocktail version of this drink, replace the rum with coconut water. (Remember, that’s coconut water, not coconut milk!) Makes one drink.

Lady Godzilla Cooler

2 oz. tequila

1/2 – 3/4 oz. Midori Melon Liqueur

2 oz. pineapple juice

Club soda

Mint for garnish

In a shaker, combine tequila, Midori and pineapple juice with ice. Shake with giant reptilian intensity, then strain over fresh ice, top with club soda, and garnish with mint. Makes one drink.

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