… with ginger ale too of course, for the bubbles and to lighten it up somewhat “decently”. And if you make the granita now before noon, it’ll be ready for cocktail hour tonight !
So 2 weekends ago, my friends from Montreal dropped in for a short trip to Paris, via CANNES, followed by a trip to CRETE afterwards. A lovely summer vacation plan indeed ! Good for them and these good childhood friends that they are, deserve a worthwhile cocktails & nibbles invitation.
Now Niki (a.k.a. NZ) and especially Dimitri/Jimmy (a.k.a. MITSO) are pretty knowledgeable when it comes to cocktails (as raved Toto from Montreal) so I had to make something they’d appreciate yet different from what they were accustomed to. Jim adores Mykonos-style Watermelon Vodka Moscow Mules and is known to prepare them when he has guests over (and also when he’s the guest in somebody else’s home)but for me, vodka is not a summery enough ingredient for a cocktail but GIN can be, both aromatic as well as strong.
The WATERMELON is the star here, which I slice, de-seed, pureé, then strain and combine the filtered juice with fresh lime juice and agave nectar and a pinch of salt, then I freeze it into an icy, slushy GRANITA texture.
I hadn’t completely tested it out nor fully figured out the ratios or proportions but as I was preparing it and chatting away, I made a mistake and had already filled up the jug with half watermelon granita and half gin, with no more room left for the ginger ale, so I just filled up the glasses 2/3 full with that alcohol and juice mix and then added 1/3 ginger ale on top. A few basil and mint leaves and ice cubes and they were ready to serve.
To recap, it’s 1/3 gin + 1/3 watermelon granita mix (including the ice cubes) + 1/3 ginger ale. The balance was simply perfect.
Anyways, give it a try and if I may suggest, make extra watermelon granita (I daresay double it) and keep it in the freezer. The kids will probably devour it before the adults have a second chance to make a second cocktail, but who knows, maybe they’ll find it in their hearts to leave you just enough.
Did I forget to mention the LARGE WATERMELON GRANITA ICE CUBES ? They keep it icy cold and add flavor as they melt without watering the cocktail down ! Yeah, I can be clever.
Like Kristina, their youngest daughter once sang (and before I forget, a quick hello, kiss and hug to Marina, the oldest daughter), as she was strumming on a ukelele :
“and that’s the way the story gooooooes !” . . . :)