As kids, watermelon was an integral part of our beach and picnic snacks. As adults, that hasn't changed — but we’re enjoying watermelon in a whole new way."Smell and taste are strongly tied to memory, so it's no coincidence that the subtle sweetness of watermelon in a cocktail would inspire an equally sweet nostalgia," says Colin Silva, Lead Bartender at SER Steak + Spirits at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. "The beauty of fresh watermelon is that it's flavorful and fragrant but not overpowering, which is what made it a great vessel to fill with vodka back in college, and makes it an equally wonderful complement to more sophisticated spirits today." When grueling heat kicks in, watermelon also proves particularly welcome for a jolt of freshness to drinks using darker, smokier spirits like bourbon or whiskey. And thanks to its high water content, juiced watermelon turns into a thin, manageable liquid ideal for a cocktail base, unlike, say, berries, where you're left with a ton of pulp.
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