Beat the heat with these watermelon treats

It’s hot here in the Lowcountry.

You know that “fry an egg on the sidewalk” kind of hot you see in movies? Yeah, well, it’s real here in August. We’ve been trying to stay hydrated and happy, but after we hit upper 90s with high humidity, all bets are off. We start melting. Next time the forecast calls for one of those super duper hot days, chill out with these watermelon delights.


Watermelon Poptails

Blend up a batch of these watermelon poptails to beat the heat. Just toss everything in a blender, fill up re-sealable popsicle molds and freeze them overnight!

Ingredients
(Makes 12 popsicles)

1 cup Tito’s Handmade Vodka

4 cups frozen cubed watermelon

4 mint sprigs

1 pinch lime zest

2 tablespoons agave nectar

3 limes

1 cup ice

Popsicle molds

Directions [1] Combine Tito’s Handmade Vodka, frozen watermelon, mint leaves, fresh lime juice (use a few limes for juice and others for garnishes), lime zest, agave nectar, and ice in a high-speed blender. [2] Serve in copper mugs with lime wedges and mint leaves. Can be enjoyed by spoon or straw. If you want to enjoy it later, fill up re-sealable popsicle molds and freeze.

PRO TIP If you’re in a pinch for time and didn’t freeze your watermelon, you can yield similar results by using the same amount of watermelon, simply add additional ice until your drink reaches a frozen sorbet-like consistency.


Watermelon Cooler

Nothing screams summer quite like a pink cocktail. This boozy treat will cool you off in no time.

Ingredients

1 1/4 ounces Tito’s Handmade Vodka

2 ounces fresh watermelon juice

2 ounces ginger beer

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

1 lime slice, for garnish

Directions [1] Add all ingredients (except ginger beer) in a rocks glass with ice. [2] Stir and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime slice.