Everyone needs a pretty pink pitcher drink for serving at brunches and barbecues; this one from Nathan Shearer of Bar Swift in London will please both cocktail newbies and seasoned sippers. Watermelon adds a fresh fruity flavor, while rum contributes a touch of vanilla (and depending on which rum you pick, a little funky richness). Tonic water helps each sip conclude on a mouthwateringly crisp and just slightly bitter note. To make the watermelon juice, simply process chunks of seedless watermelon in a blender, then strain through a fine-mesh strainer—one medium melon will yield enough juice for the 12-drink batch.
SIMPLE SYRUP: IT’S SIMPLE
Many folks are intimidated by the idea of simple syrup. It’s time to get over our fears: no one wants a grainy mouthful of sugar in their drink. Plus, making simple syrup is actually crazy easy, especially if you happen to have a resealable jar (such as a mason jar) around. For 1:1 simple syrup, add equal parts sugar and hot water, seal, and shake until dissolved. Let cool before using and store for up to several weeks in the fridge.
— Maggie Hoffman
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Excerpted from The One-Bottle Cocktail by Maggie Hoffman. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2018 by Margaret Jane Hoffman. Photographs copyright ©2018 by Kelly Puleio.