The temperature hit the high eighties this week in Florida. It looks to be a hot and sultry spring and summer. Keeping cool will be necessary and that means cool summer beverages. One of my absolute favorites to drink and to make is Watermelon Rum Smash. Your guests will enjoy the making of the elixir, also.
I always purchase the biggest watermelon I can find. It is also important that the melon is somewhat deep. A shallow melon will not work. I buy it at least 24 hours before the event and pop in the refrigerator immediately. It needs to be cool. I also put my rum, I use Captain Morgan’s, in the refrigerator. I have tried some of the other fruit enhanced rums, and the citrus seem to work well, also. The cooler the ingredients for this cocktail the better it tastes.
Outside on a patio or picnic table, line an area with a plastic bag. I buy white trash bags and put tropical stickers on them for a festive look. Slice the watermelon in two, long ways.
Cut the watermelon in inch squares. I cut long ways and then sideways. I always have a guest or two helping me at this point.
Take your rum and begin to pour it along your cuts. I do not have an exact measurement for this, I just pour. I do have a low tolerance to alcohol, so your pour may be more gracious than mine.
Let the watermelon sit and soak up the rum for about 30 minutes. If it is particularly hot, place the melon in a bin of ice. That will actually make serving it easier later.
I set out cut plastic wine glasses. I get mine at the dollar store. In each wine glass I have placed a half a cup of citrus juice. I like mango juice.
Put several large plastic spoons in the watermelon and have your guests place a scoop of melon in their juice cup. If you have used the ice cooling method for the watermelon, the guest can scoop up an ice cube or two.
When the melon hits the juice it get mushy. It is like an adult beverage slushy. The melon is cool and ever so tasty. Enjoy, remember, it will be rather powerful since the fruit has soaked up the alcohol. Watch your guests’ consumption and be a responsible host.
Enjoy my Watermelon Rum Smash at your next party!