Happy Hour: How to Mix the 'Whatamelon' Cocktail
When it comes to mixing cocktails, H. Joseph Ehrmann is a pro. The owner and chief bartender at Elixir in San Francisco, he was named 2010 Bartender of the Year by Nightclub and Bar magazine.
Ehrmann is more than a friendly face behind the bar. With an MBA in hand, he hosts green business happy-hour events on the second Thursday of every month.
SecondAct asked Ehrmann for a refreshing summer mixed-drink recipe -- and he delivered. His signature Whatamelon cocktail is an invigorating blend of fresh watermelon, cucumber vodka and fresh mint.
"I was thinking of a picnic-style cocktail when I came up with it because I love the flavor of watermelon and feel it's underutilized in cocktails," he says. "This is a fun summer cooler to sip by the pool -- or anywhere."
Ehrmann recommends pairing this warm-weather drink with a big, juicy burger. "You'll be more than satisfied," he says.Whatamelon
1.5 oz. Square One Cucumber Organic Vodka
1 oz. St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
2 oz. watermelon juice or 5 1-inch watermelon cubes
6 fresh mint leaves
.5 oz. lime juice
.5 oz. agave nectar
In a mixing glass, add watermelon cubes or juice and 5 mint leaves, muddle and top with remaining ingredients. Fill with ice and shake well for 10 seconds. Strain into a tall glass over fresh ice and garnish with a mint leaf.
Mixologist Notes: Cucumber is a melon, so the natural fit with watermelon is brightened by mint and lime and lightened with the floral sweetness of the St. Germain.
Variation: Lighten it up a bit by removing the agave nectar and adding a splash (1 oz.) of a bright, crisp white wine, like Sauterne or Verdejo.
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