How to Make a Watermelon & Rosé Cocktail That's Not Just For Women

Watermelon isn't the easiest ingredient to incorporate into a cocktail. The fruit's high concentration of water combined with ice ends up diluting the drink so much that you often lose the flavor. Find out how to make a drink using rosé and the juicy fruit, that won't get watered down or make you look like a wuss

Released on 8/29/2014

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Starring: Tom Macy

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Nothing says summer like watermelon,
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but when it comes to cocktails,
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watermelon is a very challenging ingredient to work with
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because there's so much water in it already,
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if you add ice,
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essentially more water,
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it dilutes it,
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stretches it out
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and you lose that trademark watermelon flavor.
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But there are ways around it
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and I'm gonna show you a cocktail
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that retains all of watermelon's thirst quenching glory
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and it is called the Watermelon Spritz.
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What you're gonna need for this cocktail
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is some fresh watermelon juice,
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a light bitter Italian liqueur,
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a little bit of vodka and some Rose champagne.
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So we're gonna build this drink right in the glass.
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There's no shaking or stirring because that would dilute it
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and we'd lose that watermelon flavor.
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The key to a great watermelon drink
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is using watermelon juice
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which you can get in a number of ways.
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You could just muddle some in a glass or container
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until it's pretty much all water
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or you can run it through a juicer,
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which is the easiest.
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You could also put it in a blender or food processor.
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Just blend it right up and strain out the solids.
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So we're gonna have 2 oz. of watermelon juice
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and add it right into the glass.
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Now I can add 2 oz. of my bitter apperitif.
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Go for something on the lighter side
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'cause bitters are very concentrated
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and you'll need a few dashes.
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But bitter liqueurs are very popular in Italy and France
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and they are drank all by themselves.
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In Italy they're called Amaros
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and France they're called Ameres.
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Both of them just mean bitter.
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So 2 oz. of the bitter liqueur.
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It's on the lighter side so 2 oz.
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really isn't that much alcohol.
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Now half an ounce of vodka just to bump up
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the booze a little bit and give it an extra kick.
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You could use 3/4 or full ounce of vodka if you wanted.
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Now we're gonna throw in our ice
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and now we're gonna add our Rose champagne.
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You can easily make this drink for a group of people
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like putting this all in a pitcher.
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Just add the champagne last
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'cause you want those bubbles to be nice and fresh.
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Top it off with about
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3 oz. or so.
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Wow, that looks amazing.
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And finally we're gonna garnish this
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with a few cucumber slices and some strawberries.
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Surprisingly the combination of cucumber and strawberry
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kind of boost that watermelon flavor.
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Alright, just incorporate it with a little bit of a stir
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and that is the Watermelon Spritz.
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Perfect for sitting by the pool
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or in a cafe on the streets of Italy
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or just about anywhere at all.
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