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Watermelon Bloody Marys

This not-just-for-brunch cocktail gets a light sweetness from watermelon juice. Freshly ground celery seeds add complexity, while dashes of Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces give it a kick.

  • servings: 8

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Ingredients

  • 12 cups watermelon chunks (from one 4-pound watermelon, rind removed), plus pieces, for serving
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, or to taste
  • Ice, for serving
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato juice
  • 13 dashes hot sauce, such as Tabasco, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds, ground with a mortar and pestle, or celery salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 to 1 1/4 cups vodka
  • Celery stalks, for serving

Cook's Note

To carve the watermelon, cut off the ends and stand it upright. Using a sharp knife, cut the rind from the flesh, making sure to remove all of the white. For a time-saving trick, puree the watermelon chunks -- seeds and all. Then strain the juice through a fine sieve. "It's easier and neater than picking seeds out," says chef Tony Esnault.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Working in batches, puree watermelon (with seeds) and sugar in blender. Strain into a bowl through a fine sieve, pressing with a rubber spatula; discard solids. (You will have 5 1/2 cups juice.)

  2. Step 2

    For children's drinks: Divide 2 1/2 cups juice among 4 ice-filled glasses.

  3. Step 3

    For adults' drinks: Stir remaining 3 cups watermelon juice with tomato juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and celery seeds in a bowl set in a larger bowl of ice. Season with pepper. Stir in vodka and divide among 4 ice-filled glasses.

  4. Step 4

    Garnish adult drinks with a piece of watermelon and a celery stalk.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, July 2009

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