One of the sweetest tastes of summer also makes a refreshing grown-up cocktail!

4 cups of watermelon (with rind and seeds removed)
1 cup lemon vodka
1/2 cup cointreau or triple sec
2 limes, squeezed
1 cup of ice cubes
1 tablespoon of sugar (or sugar substitute)
Garnish: pieces of watermelon, lime, sugar cane

In a blender, combine the watermelon chunks and puree. Remove pureed fruit, pour into a pitcher and keep very cold, even a little frozen to make it icy.

For two generous martinis, add 1 cup of watermelon puree, 1/4 cup of lemon vodka, and 1 tablespoon of cointreau or triple sec to the blender with three ice cubes and blend. Pour into a nice festive glass, garnish with watermelon chunks, limes and a stick of sugar cane.

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