'Tis the season . . . for watermelons! Quench your thirst on fruity libations in Los Angeles with fresh watermelon-infused specialty cocktails or non-alcoholic drinks. Lola's in West Hollywood whips up a mind-blowing "Absolutely Watermelon" martini cocktail perfect for hot summer happy hour nights. Loteria Grill at the Grove Farmer's Market serves up some of the best Mexican food north of the border, along with the freshest virgin watermelon juice in La-La Land.
Watermelon is one of the flavors of River Street Sweets' famous salt water taffy — Photo courtesy of River Street Sweets
In Savannah, watermelon is king during the sweltering summer months. So, it’s no wonder that Savannah businesses have found unique ways to incorporate the juicy, refreshing fruit into their products. River Street Sweets, the city’s oldest and best candy store, features watermelon as one of the flavors of its world famous salt water taffy.
The soft and chewy treat has just enough watermelon flavor to remind you of a hot Savannah afternoon. You can even head on down to River Street to watch the gooey confection being mixed and stretched right before your eyes on the store’s 80-year-old taffy machine!
Like crabs, watermelon in Baltimore is a food of fellowship, best enjoyed elbow-to-elbow with a friend. Local chefs have an opportunity to experiment with watermelon-based recipes for their summer menus as the fruit becomes readily available in the season. Restaurants like Woodberry Kitchen create desserts such as their buttermilk-watermelon swirl sorbet. The name alone makes just about any mouth water as its words are repeated aloud.
Meanwhile, Pazo offers a refreshing summer salad of yellow watermelon and nectarine with jalapeno-goat cheese sauce and wood-grilled pork belly. Gertrude’s cools palates with a watermelon cocktail they call Summer Harvest while Alizee creatively marries watermelon and crab into what they call the Maryland crab roll.
Sandia margaritas — Photo courtesy of Dinner SeriesNothing says summer like a Sandia Margarita in Costa Rica. Once you've tasted this delicious Central American iced beverage, you'll want to recreate it at home, so here is an old Tico family recipe. Makes 6.
3 1/2 cups sandia (watermelon), cubed, seeds removed
2 shots tequila
2 shots triple sec
1/4 cup sugar for the rims plus 2 teaspoons sugar
2 cups ice
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 lime wedge
Place 2 teaspoons sugar in a saucer. Rub the rims of 6 glasses with 1 lime wedge; spin rim of each glass in sugar to coat. Set prepared glasses aside. Combine watermelon, tequila, triple sec, lime juice, 2 teaspoons sugar and blend until smooth. Fill each sugared glass with 1/2 cup crushed ice. Add 1/2 cup margarita to each glass. Garnish with mint or watermelon balls, if desired. !Salud!