Preheat charcoal or gas grill with greased grill rack for direct cooking over medium heat (350 degrees).
Need a sign to start grilling produce? This is it. Grilled watermelon adds a rich, smoky flavor to already-delicious strawberry julep cocktails.
Servings and Ingredients
|½ c. fresh mint, lightly packed; plus additional for garnish|
|¼ c. Hy-Vee granulated sugar|
|2 oz. water|
|3 (1-1/2-inch thick) round slices whole seedless watermelon, plus additional grilled wedges for garnish|
|1 (16-oz.) pkg. Hy-Vee Short Cuts strawberries, halved; plus additional sliced for garnish|
|1 tsp. lime zest|
|1 oz. lime juice|
|9 oz. Maker's Mark bourbon whisky, divided|
Things To Grab
- Charcoal or gas grill
- Small saucepan
- Large blender
- Fine-mesh sieve
- Large pitcher
- 6 (12-oz. each) cocktail glasses
Combine 1/2 cup mint, sugar, and water in small saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Remove mint syrup from heat; discard mint and cool completely.
Grill 3 round watermelon slices 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly charred, turning halfway through. Place strawberry halves in a large grill basket. Grill 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly charred, stirring frequently. Cool slightly.
Remove and discard rind from grilled watermelon; chop watermelon. Place watermelon and strawberries in a large blender; cover and blend until smooth. Strain through fine-mesh sieve set over bowl; discard pulp. Add 4-1/2 cups juice mixture to small pitcher. Refrigerate any remaining juice mixture for another use. Add mint syrup and lime zest and juice to pitcher; stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
To serve, fill 6 (12-oz. each) cocktail glasses with ice. Add 6-oz. chilled juice mixture and 1-1/2 oz. bourbon to each glass; stir to combine. Garnish with additional mint, grilled watermelon wedges, and strawberry slices, if desired.
Amounts Per Serving
- Total Fat: 0g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
- Sodium: 10mg
- Total Carbohydrates: 21g
- Protein: 1g
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