BOOZY WATERMELON MINT LEMONADE – Honoring National Watermelon Day!

This article original post from Hostthetoast.com

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: even if you’re the manliest of manly, rugged, bearded, I-only-drink-straight-whiskey kind of man, you will smile like a giddy schoolgirl when you take a sip of this hot pink drink.  That’s right, I said it.  Feel no shame as the brightly colored sweet drops cling to your mustache; simply inform everyone that a hard-working man like yourself needs a nice refreshing drink in the brutal heat of summer as you’re out doing manly man things.  Or whatever.

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And if you’re not a whiskey-drinking, crime-fighting, axe-wielding dude, then I probably had you sold on this drink the second you read the title of the post.  Boozy.  Watermelon.  Mint.  Lemonade.  This is the Ryan Gosling of drinks, ladies.  It’s a game-changer.  It’s what love stories are made of.

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See that picture above?  Yes, that’s cucumber in the corner you’re seeing.  But don’t be scared off!  I don’t even like cucumber, but in this drink it is phenomenal.  You have to trust me on this one.

Cucumber is one of the most refreshing things you can munch on, and it makes the entire lemonade seven billion times more thirst-quenching in the sticky heat of summer.  If you still aren’t sold, I’ll apprehensively say that you can omit the cucumber and the drink will be almost —but not quite— as awesome.  At least there’s still the rum.  Don’t like rum?  Well then we just can’t be friends.  (Or you can substitute vodka, or tequila, or you can just replace the liquor with water if you’d like a booze-less version).

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But look, guys, it’s Friday, and when it comes down to it, you and I both know you could use a drink.  I could use several.  With a beautiful weekend coming up, there’s no better excuse to throw together some fresh fruit and enjoy some spiked lemonade outside in the sunshine.  You can even make these ahead of time and pour into mason jars, screw on the lids, and serve them on ice at your next barbecue or get-together for grab-and-go cocktails.  Simply shake them up and they’re ready to drink!

BOOZY WATERMELON MINT LEMONADE

Easy to make and with only 6 ingredients, this refreshing cocktail will become a summertime favorite!
Author: Morgan
Recipe type: Cocktail
INGREDIENTS
  • 2½ pounds watermelon flesh, seeds removed, cut into chunks
  • ¼ cucumber, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice, plus an additional lemon, sliced, for garnish
  • ¼ cup packed mint leaves, plus more mint, for garnish
  • 2½ cups white rum, vodka, or water
  • ¼ cup agave syrup or simple syrup
DIRECTIONS
  1. Put the chunked watermelon, cucumber, and mint in a blender, add the lemon juice, and puree until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Strain the mixture into a pitcher to remove the pulp and leaves.
  3. Mix in the alcohol or water and slowly mix in the syrup until everything is well-combined.
  4. Add the lemon slices and ice. Garnish each glass with a sprig of mint. Serve.

4 Refreshing Watermelon Recipes – Honoring National Watermelon Day

This article was originally posted on Blendtec.com

Summer’s coming to end, we’re in the last few weeks, so make sure you take time to enjoy it. One great way is to enjoy a refreshing watermelon treat. You can make some pretty delicious treats from watermelon. Watermelon is a great fruit to enjoy and help keep you cool on a hot day; and it’s still plenty hot. And in case you didn’t know, today is National Watermelon day, and we have four refreshing watermelon recipes for you to try out. Let us know in the comments below your favorite way to enjoy watermelon.

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Agua Fresca de Sandia

4 cups watermelon, seeded and cubed
2 tbsp agave nectar
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 cup ice cubes

Add ingredients to WildSide+ jar in order listed. Secure lid and select “Smoothie.” Pour into glasses, and garnish with lime slices and ice.

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Chilled Watermelon Soup

6 cups watermelon chunks, seedless
14 cup sparkling water
1 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
juice of ½ lemon
1 tbsp agave nectar
pinch of ginger
pinch of nutmeg

  1. Add ingredients to WildSide+ jar in order listed and secure lid. Select “Soups” cycle or blend on high for 90 seconds.
  2. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

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Melon Berry Sipper

3 cups seeded watermelon
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Add ingredients to FourSide jar in order listed. Secure lid and select “Smoothie.”

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Watermelon Raspberry Lemonade

312 cups watermelon chunks, seeded
1 cup raspberries
3 lemons, peeled and halved
13 cup granulated sugar or raw agave
2 cups ice cubes

Add all ingredients to FourSide or WildSide+ jar in order listed and secure lid. Select “Whole Juice” or blend on a Medium High speed for 50-60 seconds and serve.

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One of the key components of setting your bar, nightclub or restaurant up for success lies in neighborhood marketing, which are localized, grass roots, relationship building programs that create customer loyalty and frequency.

There are seven key steps to building your sales through this program.

1.  Gather Data: Set yourself up for success by gathering sales history, guest and employee satisfaction surveys, along with product mix and competitive evaluations. In addition, management input, marketing history, trade areas and traffic generation is important information to obtain. The more data collected the better.

2.  Analyze Data: Take all of the relevant information collected and analyze your strengths/weaknesses to determine your marketing conclusions.

3.  Set Objectives: Setting key objectives based on information gathered and analyzed help to accurately target a core demographic and set obtainable goals.

4.  Develop a Strategy: Based on this research and goals set, begin developing a plan of action which includes defining the key elements of the marketing plan and lead time needed for execution.

5.  Create Tactics: Get creative and fine tune the tactics that are needed to succeed.  Most people start their marketing at this step, which is a wrong move because they would be missing the first four steps that define a successful neighborhood marketing strategy. A hard look at your calendar and budget are also imperative in this stage.

6.  Execute: Communicate the marketing strategy to your targeted demographic as defined by the set objectives, strategy and tactics.

7.  Evaluate: Every marketing strategy should be measured and tracked to evaluate how it performed. This information can be used in the gathering process of the next neighborhood marketing plan.