Beverage, Recipes

June 29, 2018

4th of July Batch Cocktail and Watermelon Appetizer

Planning to host a summer party? If you are the host you want to be able to relax with friends and enjoy the party as much as everyone else, not get stuck playing bartender! Meet your new party go-to – the batch cocktail. Make it ahead of time, put it in a big pitcher, pour yourself a drink and let everyone else help themselves as well.

This recipe is inspired from the cookbook The Craft Cocktail Party by Julie Reiner. What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than with friends, sunshine, good food and bourdon 🙂 This recipe can be scaled depending on how many people are you serving, just figure out the ratio and easily adjust as needed.

Don’t forget to serve it with a block of ice rather than ice cubes, it won’t melt as quickly. Watch my Facebook video here, don’t make the same mistake I did and make the ice cube so big it won’t fit in the pitcher

We never want to drink on an empty stomach so here’s your perfect appetizer pairing- watermelon mint skewers. Watermelon is a delicious way to say hydrated over the summer. Beyond that it has:

  • Potassium which is great for your heart and preventing hangovers.
  • Citrulline- an amino acid that actually has been shown to help your blood vessels relax which can help lower blood pressure and improve circulation.
  • Low sugar and calorie content
  • Lycopene- an antioxidant that is linked to preventing prostate cancer
  • Vitamin A
  • 92% water!!

 

The fresh mint adds a punch of flavor that pairs great with the watermelon as well as the bourbon. We usually think of herbs as simply great ways to add flavor but they are packed with health benefits too! Mint is specifically great for summer parties because it helps:

  • Prevents bloat
  • Protects against seasonal allergies
  • Freshens breath
  • Protects your stomach from heartburn and ulcers

The Recipes:

Spread Eagle Punch – serves 18

adapted from The Craft Cocktail Party

Peels of 12 lemons

1 cup coconut or turbinado sugar

10 cups water, divided

1 bottle rye whiskey

1 bottle blended Scotch whiskey

10 dashes aromatic bitters (optional)

Large ice block + 1 cup ice cubes.

  1. Place the lemon peels in a bowl, you want to peel them in large pieces. Add the sugar to the peels and muddle or rub them together so the lemon oils get released and the sugar looks moistened. Let sit for 1 hour.
  2. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Add the boiling water to the lemon sugar mix and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the remaining water, 1 cup of small ice, and whiskeys. Remove the lemon peels right before serving and add bitters, lemon slices and ice block.

Watermelon Feta Skewers

about 24 skewers

2 lbs watermelon, cut into 1 inch cubes

24 fresh mint leaves

6 oz feta cheese, cut into small cubes

3 Tbsp aged balsamic vinegar

  1. Place mint leaf on watermelon chuck and top with feta, place a toothpick through the stack. Repeat with each piece of watermelon. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

Cheers and Enjoy ~ Amanda

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