I whipped up these slightly sweet and totally refreshing spritzers during a recent BBQ at our dear friends’ house.
With eighteen adults and eighteen children (aged seven and under) in attendance, it was a sweet afternoon full of swinging, sliding, climbing, chasing, soccer,
and tables full of good eats and drinks. My kind of shindig.
The party hostess is an unbored housewife who grows her own garden, including fresh herbs, and these spritzers were a perfect use of her abundant mint. I plucked the fragrant mint leaves straight from the plant and rinsed them just before adding them to the drinks.
To make the spritzers you’ll need a seedless watermelon, lime (or mojito) sorbet, fresh mint and seltzer water. It’s easy stuff.
Start by using a melon baller and scooping out a bunch of pretty watermelon balls. I don’t have a melon baller so I used a small ice cream scoop, which resulted in less than perfect melon balls – but I’m okay with imperfection. I’m learning to embrace it.
Now put those watermelon balls into the freezer and let them freeze for several hours, or overnight.
When you’re ready to assemble the drinks, grab your sorbet.
I was initially planning to use lime sorbet but I ran across this Mojito Sorbet and couldn’t resist.
Now place a few scoops in the bottom of a cup. The more sorbet you use, the sweeter your spritzer will be. Next grab your frozen watermelon balls and add three or four to the cup.
Then take those lovely mint leaves, and roll them around in your hand just a bit. Or you can slap the mint.
That’s right. I said slap the mint.
You can slap it with a spoon, a stick, or your hands. Don’t feel bad. It doesn’t mind.
The goal is to gently bruise it, thereby releasing its pleasurable minty oils. You just don’t want to crush it. Roughly crushing mint releases a “grassy” flavor, which leads to a bitter spritzer. Not so refreshing.
Now throw the bruised leaves in with the sorbet and watermelon, and pour in the seltzer water.
Finally, take a big spoon, give it a nice stir, and pass it to your friend. Now make one for yourself.
They’re a perfect summer drink. Make some at your Fourth of July BBQ this weekend!