Blend up a batch of these Watermelon Daiquiris for some fun in the sun this summer!
4th of July. For all of us here in the States, that means a mid-summer vacation day, BBQ’s with friends and of course fireworks. Ah, fireworks. I have good memories of going to the fireworks show every year with my family. I remember sitting on a hillside waiting for it to get dark enough for the show to start. I’m pretty sure I would ask my mom what time it was about every minute or so. Ah, the joys of parenthood, right? Haha…I kid! I’m sure it would be fun to see the excitement on your kids’ faces when they see fireworks for the first time. Or maybe they would just run away crying.
As much fun as it was to go to see the fireworks each year, I think I got more excited to get fireworks to set off at home. I remember going with my cousins one year to one of those big tents and buying a whole basket full of fireworks. We went back to my grandparents’ house and set them off all night long. (They lived out in the country, so it was the perfect setting for our own mini-fireworks show!) I also remember running around throwing those little white poppers at my sister’s feet. No wonder she developed (and perfected, I might add) that ‘fake cry’ that got me in trouble so many times when we were younger. In hindsight, I really can’t blame her at all!
But let’s fast-forward 30 years. I still enjoy the fireworks, but we don’t often go over to see the local show. We can kinda see them over the trees in our backyard, so we usually just enjoy them from the comfort of our home. Instead of the fireworks, I now look forward to grilling delicious food and hanging out with friends. The 4th is a great time to just sit back and relax. And since it’s usually hot, that means tasty drinks are in order, right?
We enjoy a good Pina Colada or Hurricane around here. Truthfully, I often just reach for a cold IPA instead of the fruity drinks. However, with the holiday coming up, I figured it was a good excuse to whip up a fun frozen drink. I’d just picked up a watermelon at the grocery store, and that’s when it hit me…why not make a Watermelon Daiquiri? Essentially just make a strawberry daiquiri, but replace the strawberries with watermelon. Yup, that needed to happen!
I wasn’t sure how the watermelon would pair with the rum, but it totally worked. We discovered a new favorite…and it wasn’t difficult to make at all. In fact, the hardest part was just waiting for the frozen watermelon cubes to thaw slightly so that they didn’t jam up the blender. Toss in a straw and garnish with a piece of watermelon, and you’ve got a great summer drink to serve on the back porch! Oh, and an umbrella. Frozen drinks require umbrellas.
What is your favorite part of the July 4th festivities? Have you ever had a watermelon-flavored drink?