Lush Life

To be a lush chef, does not mean to drink in excess - this can result in scary fires and bad dishes. A lush chef is one who enjoys gourmet cooking/baking, often with fresh ingredients and the smart use of one's home bar. If there happens to be half a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a sip of brandy left over...well, one cannot be wasteful. I give you permission to imbibe.

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Aug 30, 2012

Bourbon & Watermelon Cocktail

Last weekend, I was helping a friend out with the 1st Annual LA Fried Chicken Fest - 9 celebrated LA chefs and 8 different kinds fabulous fried chicken.  I can't eat chicken now for a little while, but I was still craving one of the cocktails that was served there.  Knob Creek was one of the sponsors and was doling out two different kinds of trash can punch (you gotta love punch served out of a lined trash can), with my favorite being the Knob Creek and Watermelon.  This two ingredient cocktail was the perfect libation to wash down hot, fried and sometimes spicy food.  I happened to have a bunch of watermelon left over from making these Watermelon & Vodka Popsicles, so I added a handful of pieces into the blender and strained out some juice.  I did the measurements for one drink, but just multiply as needed and make a whole pitcher...or trash can of it.

Bourbon & Watermelon Cocktail
  • 2 oz bourbon (I used Bulleit, because I didn't have any Knob Creek on hand)
  • 3 oz watermelon juice (be sure to run the juice through a fine mesh strainer to get any large chunks out)
- Add the bourbon and watermelon juice to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake.
- Strain into a chilled coupe glass.