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Watermelon Martinis

What You'll Need

For Martini:

1 cup watermelon juice (see preparation instructions)
1/2 cup /4 oz. premium vodka
1 lime's juice
1/4 cup simple syrup (see preparation instructions)
3 cubes of ice

Optional: 3 tablespoons salt to rim the glass
Optional: 3 tablespoons sugar to rim the glass
Optional: watermelon slices for garnish

For Simple Syrup:
1 cup sugar (granulated)
1 cup of water

For Watermelon Juice:
2 cups watermelon (flesh cut into chunks)

How to Make It:

Start by making your simple syrup and watermelon juice. Both can come in handy for other recipes, so you may want to make and store a bit more than is required for this recipe.

Add 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of water into a small pan. Heat slowly over medium heat stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and cool. Transfer to another container or bottle and cover. Can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 months.

Cut two cups of watermelon flesh off the rind. Place in blender and blend until liquified.

Mix together the sugar and salt if using. Wet the rim of a chilled martini glass with a piece of watermelon. Dip the rim into the sugar and salt mixture. Repeat for other glass

Place the watermelon juice, vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker. Top with ice. Shake well.

Pour contents through the strainer into chilled martini glasses.
Garnish with a wedge of watermelon if desired.

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