Watermelon martini

It is already early September and I am in complete denial. I am attempting to hang onto the last strands of summer for dear life. I love summer. When it gets hot and muggy and everyone around me seems to be complaining endlessly, I think of those terrible, bitter days in January when the insides of my nostrils freeze together during my 10-second walk from my car into work. I rarely complain about the heat. Summer, please don't go!

One of the things I think of when summer comes to mind is an occasional fun, light, summery cocktail. This watermelon martini is fabulously light and tasty! And it makes me forget for a few minutes that summer is on its way out.


1.5 oz. (1 shot glass) regular vodka

1.5 oz. watermelon-flavored vodka

1.5 oz. Sprite/7-up

Juice from half of a lime

Juice from a few chunks of watermelon (using a strainer makes this pretty slick)

Splash of ruby-red grapefruit juice for color

Garnish with lime and/or watermelon