Watermelon Vodka Rickeys

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If I were to end up being as dedicated to the world of drinks as the universe of meals, I ‘d choose to obsess over cocktails. I don’t have the encyclopedic memory should end up being a specialist in wine. I’ll drink practically any beer from Bud to increase bocks, which makes me far too un-picky to be a real enthusiast.

Cocktails it is! I like how every mixed drink gets to cocktail hour with a saga: a bartender who created it, a period that identified it, a group of individuals who loved it and sipped it and only it every evening. I am enjoyed announce that I’ll be checking out these stories and sharing recipes for cocktails over the next few months, thanks to Stoli Vodka, sponsor of my new Cocktail Hour series. As you follow along here, I hope you’ll also look into Stoli’s facebook page and twitter feed, and check out the Taste network over at ORGNL. TELEVISION, which celebrates one-of-a-kind locations, people, experiences-and meals.

And now, right here’s the tale behind the rickey. The Watermelon Vodka Rickey.

Invented in Washington, D.C. in the 1880s, by a bartender who made drinks for Joe Rickey, a Civil Battle colonel and a lobbyist in the capital, the rickey had three ingredients and one vital feature: it contained no extra sugar. Mr. Rickey liked to mix up bourbon, lime juice, and seltzer however he poured in no sugar at all. Why? Never ever mind the results of the booze, he did not desire any sugar high to tinker his capability to adjust political leaders, according to Jason Ksomas and Dushan Zaric, authors of Speakeasy. Post-Joe, the rickey’s bourbon was changed by gin, however it remained a popular drink in D.C., which is where I initially had one, at the Rugby store in Georgetown, where we hosted a book celebration when In the Small Kitchen came out. There, the numerous citrus tastes of the rickeys were all cool, hydrating, appetizing, and strong.

I like the rickey for the same reason Joe did. The absence of sweet taste. And for an additional reason, too-the inbuilt hydrating power of the rickey, which has more seltzer than vodka. In case you’re afraid that the elimination of extreme sweetness will render the vodka taste too strong, do not fret. Initially, Stoli vodka tastes great. And 2nd, the natural sugars of the watermelon and the brightness of the lemon conspire to make this the ideal summer beverage, a contemporary modification of Joe Rickey’s easy bourbon rickey but one I think would be voted into office in the capital this summer season. Cheers!

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**Recipe**

Watermelon Rickeys
Makes 4 drinks

All ounces refer to fluid ounces, which is how cocktails are generally made. I provided the measurements in cups also, in case both are not marked on your gauging cup. You can make the watermelon blend a few hours ahead of time, but put fresh seltzer into each glass right when you are ready to consume.

Ingredients
2 cups watermelon cubes
1 tbsp sugar
8 ounces (1 cup) vodka
2 ounces (1/4 cup) fresh lemon juice, from about 2 lemons
12 to 16 ounces (1 1/2 to 2 cups) cold seltzer
1 lemon, cut into slices, for garnish

Blend the watermelon cubes with the sugar. Strain with a high quality sieve. You must’ve 1 1/4 cup of watermelon juice. Add it to a pitcher or big gauging cup with the vodka and lemon juice. Stir to combine.

Distribute the mixture amongst 4 highball glasses. Include three ice dices to each. Fill each to the brim with seltzer. Mix to incorporate. Garnish by slipping in a lemon piece or more. Toast!

**Summerfest**

This post is part of Food Network’s Summerfest! It’s watermelon week, so click with to heaps more watermelon recipes.

Dishing: Watermelon Agua Fresca
The Sensitive Epicure:Watermelon with Feta, Mint, Olive Oil and Sea Salt
Napa Farmhouse 1885:Watermelon Popsicles with Mint, Basil and Lime
Red or Green:Spicy Watermelon Salad with Grilled Mahi Mahi
Weelicious: Watermelon Cinnamon Granita
Taste With The Eyes: Watermelon Carpaccio, Blistered Shishito, Mitsuba and Lime
Dishin & Dishes: Summertime Mixed Melon Nachos with Mascarpone Cream
Domesticate Me: Sparkling Watermelon Punch & Bowl
Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Sweet and Salty Greek Watermelon Feta Mint Salad
Devour: Savory Watermelon Recipes
Made by Michelle: Watermelon Basil Lemonade