Your Happy Hour

by on Aug.10, 2012, under Food

Here’s the first of many cheers to you, me, and whoever else is invited.

Drink the first
Sip the second, slowly
Skip the third

I don’t completely agree with the third line; to each his or her own. For this first of many installments of Happy Hour, we’re sampling something fresh and brisk with a little bite. This drink is complex, and the flavors dance along your tongue.

1 Your Happy Hour

3-4 chunks watermelon
50ml vodka**
35ml fresh lemon juice**
20ml elderflower*
20ml Campari

2 Your Happy Hour

Muddle watermelon, add ingredients, fill shaker 2/3 full with ice. Shake with vigor until frigid. Double strain into a chilled glass or coupe.

* – St Germain is the easiest and quickest elderflower you can get your hands on, with a very high quality control and flavor profile. There are other elderflower liqueurs out there, but few compare. I personally use a homemade elderflower cordial.

** – Vodka can be subbed for white rhum, and the lemon juice for lime, giving this drink another twist and an absolutely new complexity. Stick with 50ml of rhum, but opt for 20ml of lime juice.

3 Your Happy Hour

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