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Watermelon Rosemary Gin Sour


WATERMELON ROSEMARY GIN SOUR

This is a martini especially for a fellow foodie and Twitter party friend of mine, Susan Irby otherwise known as @TheBikiniChef from The Bikini Lifestyles Show on KABC.  While tweeting back and forth I discovered today is her birthday and she likes gin.

Now Susan is all about the skinny and the healthy and I'm always for skinny and healthy in happy hour so I decided to put a little #SoBikini twist on a Gin Sour and create her a special birthday cocktail.  I took the idea of a gin sour, added some lovely, seasonal fresh fruit in the form of watermelon then added a little punch with some fresh rosemary.

A sour always consists of a base alcohol, some lemon or lime (or sometimes another citric fruit) and sweetener.  Cocktails are often sweetened with sugar or simple syrup but, keeping with the healthy, I used honey instead.  Honey brings the sweet but it also brings some great health benefits to a cocktail, as does the watermelon and the rosemary.  I figure if you're going to be happy at happy hour, being healthy makes that a whole lot easier!

So, a very happy birthday to you, Susan and SlĂ inte!

RECIPE

1/2 C. Watermelon, Pureed
2 Oz. Gin
2 Tbsp. Honey, Warmed
Juice of 1/2 a Lime
Rosemary Sprig + Few Leaves
Slice of Watermelon
Slice of Lime
Ice

Chill your glass in the freezer. Warm the honey for a few seconds in the microwave. Muddle a few leaves of rosemary with the lime and honey in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add ice to the shaker, pour in the gin and stir. Add the watermelon puree then give it all a gentle stir, strain into your chilled glass, garnish with the rosemary, lime and slice of watermelon and enjoy!

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