While I was traveling in the PNW we ate at a restaurant that had a watermelon salad, and I was sipping on some local made vodka, ‘M’, and put some of my watermelon in the glass and crushed it right there with the bartender watching me. I created a new drink for her, and she liked it too.
Ripened Watermelon- Small seedless; cut some into small triangles for garnish, and the edge dipped into sugar; set aside; the rest just small pieces
Basil- rinse and lay between sheets of moist towel
Oil/Vinegar Dressing- Splash; You may think this is crazy, but you have to duplicate the original experience
Vodka- bottle; obviously you want one with a smooth flavor and chilled in freezer works
Take equal parts of just a little oil and vinegar and blend well (I do not recommend using a bottle dressing because it might already contain seasoning that would not work with the taste); place small pieces of watermelon in glass bowl and marinate with dressing, pinch of salt.
In a glass place water melon and basil and crush with pestal; pour in some vodka and shake with another glass over the top.
Pour into martini glass or highball glasses, garnish with a triangle of watermelon on side or in glass and enjoy this unusual drink.
If this does not appeal to you as a drink, then put it on a plate, do not crush the watermelon, just cut the basil into strips and add some vodka into the dressing and you have yourself a yummy salad! -chef E
"I experiment with Flavors"...
Elizabeth Stelling, hails from her home state of Texas and has been involved in the food industry via institutional, fast food, B&B's, ethnic eateries and other restaurants since she was fourteen. Now living n New Jersey she has ran her own cafe, teaches culinary classes, runs a small boutique catering and staffing business, restaurant consulting for NJWBO, is a personal chef and shares her love of cooking with local, organic, healthy, and natural ingredients with the community.
Chef E is a member of Slow Food and the American Wine Society, Princeton, New Jersey. She has published written works of poetry and media pieces, as well as ran Open Mics in the Princeton, NJ area.
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