Gin Stevie Cocktail
Category: Cocktails & Appetizers | Blog URL: http://web.mac.com/zabpaul/Cocktail_Buzz/Buzzed/Entries/2008/9/1_Gin_Stevie_%7B_paired_with_bruschetta_%7D.html
This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.
Photo: Steve Schul
What is it about watermelon that makes us crazy for it in the summertime? The uniqueness of its sweetness, the juiciness of every bite? Well, regardless of your favorite aspect of watermelon, Steve has come up with a winning cooler (he has tweaked it to perfection!) that will delight all the guests at your patio cocktail party. Tickled with the herbaceous tastes of basil and spearmint, and graced by the cucumber and rose notes in Hendrick’s gin, the Imbibe Magazine–inspired watermelon–sake ice cubes that are the highlight of this concoction slowly melt so that it takes you on a journey from tart booziness to slushy sweetness. We pair our Gin Stevies with another summertime favorite — heirloom tomatoes — and dollop generous portions on freshly toasted baguette to create the perfect bruschetta. Take a bite, and follow with a generous sip.
Tips & Tricks:
Make your watermelon–sake cubes a day before your cocktail party. That way you’ll have plenty of time for them to freeze thoroughly, and you can relax a little knowing that important step is done!
If it turns out you have extra watermelon–sake juice, you can easily make a mocktail out of it. Just add some ice cubes, a little mint for garnish, plop in a straw, and start sipping.