Grilled Watermelon and Strawberry Julep


Grilled Watermelon and Strawberry Julep

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    Need a sign to start grilling produce? This is it. Grilled watermelon adds a rich, smoky flavor to already-delicious strawberry julep cocktails.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 6
    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


    1. Preheat charcoal or gas grill with greased grill rack for direct cooking over medium heat (350 degrees).

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

    Nutrition facts


    180 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 0g
    • Cholesterol: 0mg
    • Sodium: 10mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 21g
    • Protein: 1g

    Daily Values

    Iron 6%
    Calcium 2%
    Vitamin D 0%
    Potassium 2%

    Recipe Source:

    Hy-Vee Seasons August 2022