The photographer was worried about color, not composition.
Should it be just “agua fresca,” since there’s just the single flavor? No matter — the important thing is that it’s delicious.
I’ve had a seedless watermelon in the refrigerator almost as long as the vegetables I bought at the farmer’s market, with nebulous intentions of making some sort of delicious iced beverage with it. But pulling out the food processor and various accoutrements seemed like a lot of work, so it just sat there until today, giving me Sad, Accusatory Watermelon Eyes every time I’d open the refrigerator door.
Today was its special day: I decided that I would make watermelon aguas frescas, which I thought would be delicious when fortified with tequila or vodka. The tequila idea came from a recipe for tequila-soaked watermelon wedges that I remembered from an issue of Martha Stewart Living, and vodka was — well, vodka is my staple fortifier.
In the end, I decided I didn’t have the patience for triple sec and extra sugar, so I just removed the green and white rind from the watermelon, chopped it into chunks, then ran them through a food processor until smooth-ish. Then I passed the slush through a fine wire strainer to remove seeds and solids, which is how I ended up with the lovely pitcher of watermelon loveliness above.
I knew that vodka would add a kick, but I wanted something that would add a flavor-kick, too. I’ve done previous incarnations where I infused some simple syrup with mint, which was delicious but, again, involved extra work. So this time I just went for the freezer, where I store a big bottle of Smirnoff Tuscan Lemonade for occasions where, well, flavor and taste isn’t quite a consideration.
If you’ve got a moment, take a gander at an incredibly entertaining review of the Smirnoff product at the Choosy Beggars blog. One of my favorite passages: “Vodka should taste like nothing at all, and even the finest limoncello is going to have a combination of flavors as delicate as a lemon dipped in window cleaner and then set on fire. So either this should be blowing a drinker’s collective eyelids off of their heads, or else it should be not unlike every other lemon-hinted vodka beverage that’s out there — and somehow it manages to be neither.” Which I think sums up very nicely why the product is never going to be a star in my drinks arsenal.
However, when you add a liberal splash to watermelon aguas frescas, along with some good old regular vodka, the overall end result is a refreshingly cool iced beverage, sweet with a hint of tartness, and the sort of kick that makes you say, “Sure, I said I was going to be superproductive today, to make up for yesterday’s sloth, but instead I’m just going to sit down on this couch for a little bit and take a moment to really appreciate the air conditioning.”
Hypothetically speaking, of course.
|WHAT SAM WORE: 8-7-11|
|The shirt: “Year of the Cock” (it’s my Chinese zodiac sign!) T-shirt, ordered online|
|The shorts: Cargo shorts by American Eagle Outfitters, from Buffalo Exchange.|
|The shoes: “Whirlwind” sneakers, from the Puma store in Soho.|