As summer wanes here in the Northeast, and local watermelon is long gone, a watermelon vodka represents a little bit of summer year round. One sip of watermelon vodka and you are transported to sun, surf, and summer in a single sip.
Introduced earlier this year, Seagram’s watermelon vodka certainly fits the bill as a vessel for transporting you from the chilly winter to warm thoughts of summer. Upon opening the bottle, the watermelon aroma is not overpowering but is just right. A neat shot of the Seagram’s starts sweet and is quite fiery, but a bit bitter in the finish, which diminishes the watermelon flavor slightly. A nice fruity aftertaste emerges once the burn fades away.
The real joy of this vodka is as a mixer. Add this vodka to lemonade or iced tea and you have a refreshing summer cocktail. It can also be added to a nice fruity beer like a summer shandy to make an excellent beer cocktail. Basil pairs nicely with watermelon, so a little basil muddled in the bottom of the glass with lemonade makes a great cocktail that can’t be beaten on a hot summer day (see recipe below). All in all, this vodka is an excellent addition to anyone’s liquor cabinet whether it’s winter or summer.
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And a recipe…
5 oz lemonade
2 oz watermelon vodka
2 basil leaves
Muddle the basil into the bottom of the glass. Fill glass with ice. Shake the lemonade and the vodka together and pour over ice and enjoy.