How to Make a Frozen Watermelon Martini

From the Kitchens of Cheesecake Farms

Here's a serving of fruit you can drink.... YUM!

Frozen Watermelon Martinis
Makes 2 1/2 pints (5 cups)

1 (3-4 pound) piece watermelon (any variety)
3/4 cup sugar (other sweeteners not recommended)
Juice of 1 fresh lime (about 2 tablespoons - bottled OK)
Gin or vodka (to taste)

Remove rind and seeds from melon.  Puree using the blender. (It may leak out the food processor.) You should have about 4 cups puree.  A little more or less is OK.

Put 1 cup puree into a microwave safe bowl.  Stir in sugar.  Cover lightly.  Microwave until sugar dissolves.  Cool.

Stir cooled sugar mixture and lime juice into remaining puree.  Pour into ice cube trays.  Freeze till firm - about 8 hours. Longer is OK. 

When frozen, remove cubes from trays and pulse a few times in the food processor to make it slushy then let the slush whirl for a minute or so until it comes together into a nice, sorbet like consistency. 

Make sure there are no large chunks of ice. It takes a little longer than you think but not so much longer that it melts.   Serve immediately or pack into a freezer container and freeze for later use.

At serving time, spoon the frozen sorbet mixture into large Martini glasses and top with a jigger of gin or vodka.  
Garnish with a spring of mint or a paper umbrella. 


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