What a fun, but stormy weekend we had here in Pawtucket! We didn’t actually do very much this weekend –went up to Hopkinton to visit some friends, had a buddy of Jeff’s stay over on Saturday, and Sunday was spent relaxing. Monday on the other hand, was a busy day of canning homemade tomato sauce and salsa!
Jeff bought about 10 lbs of tomatoes from the farmers market on Saturday, so in the pouring rain yesterday, I ran out to get some canning materials and then we got to work! We originally were going to just can the tomatoes raw, but then Jeff’s mom and nephew, Gene, planned to come down to see our new house so we decided to make some sauce for dinner anyways. So while Jeff worked on the sauce, I made some salsa. I’m not usually a spicy fan, but I tried to follow the recipe I found as closely as possible. I even roasted the Anaheim Chile myself! Everything came out great, but the salsa was much spicier than I planned, but I added some extra sugar and some sweet peppers, and it toned it down a little bit.
And being a holiday and all, we obviously needed a delicious cocktail to go with all our knife-work! We had gotten a whole watermelon in our CSA box this week, so we figured we’d make some watermelon cocktails. Imagine our surprise when we sliced the watermelon in half and it was yellow! A perfectly green skin, with bright yellow flesh! It’s a real thing, and takes exactly like a regular pink watermelon.
So anyways, I blended a few slices and then strained it to get some fresh juice. Then I muddled some fresh mint from our garden, with a little simple syrup and a whole lime. Then I mixed equal parts vodka and watermelon juice and shook everything with ice for a full minute, and then poured over ice with a lime wedge. Talk about refreshing! Slightly sweet, but sour and light. Thankfully I have plenty of watermelon, because this is perfect for this super hot and humid days we’ve been having!
- 4oz Watermelon juice
- 4oz vodka
- 1 lime
- Small handful mint leaves
- 1oz simple syrup
- Blend sliced watermelon until smooth. Strain puree through a fine mesh strainer, gently pressing to release liquids. Discard solids.
- Squeeze lime with mint and simple syrup into cocktail shaker. Gently muddle lime slices, sugar and sugar.
- Add vodka and watermelon juice.
- Shake vigorously with ice. Strain into cocktail glasses garnished with a lime wheel and mint.