Grilled Watermelon Mint Julep


Grilled Watermelon Mint Juleps //

My favorite and least favorite thing about owning a dog is how she wakes me up EARLY every. single. morning. I hate it because she whines and complains until I get up and take her for a walk; I love it because I don’t have to set an alarm clock and can depend on her to whine and complain to get me out of bed. So basically I love her method during the weekday and hate it on the weekends. No matter what day it is, I love our early morning walks, except for this past week when they’ve gotten SCARY. Yes, scary.

Last weekend we were walking, minding our own business when Amelia spotted a cat in the bushes. Amelia loves cats, wants to be their friends – just like I do, actually – but they’re never interested in friendship. This particular thugged-out cat was pissed that Amelia was interested. So, I did what I always do and tugged on her leash and was like, “C’mon Amelia, that cat doesn’t like you.” And she usually tries again and then gives up.

So as Amelia was still staring at the cat, it surprisingly leaped out at us and screeched. Amelia let out this yelp that I’ve never, EVER heard before and then of course since I’m scared of things like ants and teeny-tiny spiders, it startles me and we take off down the street, running like two crazy mad things. I stopped running when it dawned on me that I was running from a thing that I’m totally bigger than. It was absurd. But then I look behind me to see the cat running after us. So we do what anyone would do: we ran again.

Grilled Watermelon Mint Juleps //

I’m just glad it was early and no one was awake because it was embarrassing.

Yesterday morning, we were our walk and we turn the corner and are face to face with a coyote. It was eating its breakfast (for a split second I hoped it was that mean cat). Amelia’s tail starting wagging because she saw it as a dog and wanted to make friends. I yank on Amelia and start walking VERY fast in the opposite direction. (I was scared the coyote would chase us if we ran.)

Grilled Watermelon Mint Julep //

Grilled Watermelon Mint Juleps //

It’s been a rough week for us, man. After our morning walk full of predators, I was happy to see this Grilled Watermelon Mint Julep on my to-do list. Having a confrontation with coyotes merits a drink, me thinks.

Grilling fruit is my recent obsession. I’ve been grilled all sorts of fruit and putting them in salads and grilled cheeses.

Grilling watermelon and putting it in a cocktail adds a nice lil’ smokey flavor that I LOVE. Just love. I recently tried to give liquid smoke a fair chance and omg is it disgusting–it tastes WAY too much like smoke and not natural at all. This cocktail isn’t too smokey. If anything it’s just a hint, the perfect amount of “hint,” in my opinion.

On Monday I’m headed to Palm Springs for a little two-day getaway. I’m mostly excited to see Amelia swim again. Her short, stubby lil’ legs do her right!

Have a good weekend. Get ur drink on!


Grilled Watermelon Mint Juleps //

Grilled Watermelon Mint Julep

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Serving Size: 4 cocktails


  • Handful mint, about 2 ounces, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 pound seedless watermelon, cut into wedges
  • Crushed ice
  • 6 fluid ounces bourbon


  • In a small saucepan, combine the mint, sugar and water. Heat over medium low heat until the mixture reaches a slight simmer. Turn the heat off and allow the mixture to steep for 1 hour. Strain, discarding the mint leaves, and transfer to a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Over a hot charcoal grill (or alternatively you could use a griddle - this one is my favorite), grill the wedges of watermelon for about 1 minute per side. You'll know they're done when they reach a dark red color and have visible grill marks. Transfer them to a plate and allow to cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, chop up the watermelon into cubes, discarding the rind. Transfer the watermelon to the jar of a food processor or blender and pulse until pureed, about 10 seconds. Run the watermelon puree through a strainer and discard the pulp.
  • Pack your cocktail glasses with crushed ice. Divide the bourbon between the glasses. Next, add a tablespoon or two the mint simple syrup and then top with the watermelon puree. Garnish with mint leaves.
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  • Reply Leo April 9, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Watermelon is good for eat in summer vacation if you want increase water capacity in you body then eat

  • Reply Jeanine August 17, 2013 at 10:19 am

    This looks so amazing and unique – I cannot wait to try it one day when I am feeling brave and in the need for a new drink in my repertoire!

  • Reply packers and movers Bangalore July 17, 2013 at 4:48 am

    great post, grilled watermelon is so pretty, thanks for sharing this post.

  • Reply Thelma July 15, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I run from cats all the time because I’m petrified of them. It IS embarassing, I know.

  • Reply Jayne July 15, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Chayote and thug cat all in a week? I’d need something cool liek this too. By the way, grilled watermelon! I still cannot wrap my brains around that.

  • Reply Kiran @ July 13, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Totally loving this season where grilling everything in the fridge makes it so much more flavorful! Yummy julep!!

  • Reply Janis July 13, 2013 at 11:08 am

    This sounds and looks like exactly what i want right now. Its just a shame i can never find nice watermelons in Scotland.

  • Reply Kathy July 12, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    The EXACT same this happened with a cat and my dog. Except the cat caught us and jumped on my dog. And when I pushed it off with my leg it came back with fists of fury and I had to practically peel it off my poor pooch. And the cat looked like the sweetest little thing! I will not be fooled again. Street cats=evil.

  • Reply Mendi Mendez July 12, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Any idea how much peppermint extract I could use in place of steeping mint leaves? I want to make this for a party and won’t have an hour to let it sit. I already have simple syrup at the ready.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme July 12, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Hmm…I’m not sure but I’d say maybe 1/2 a teaspoon and then go from there. Alternatively you could muddle the mint in each glass with plain simple syrup and then add the crushed ice, bourbon and watermelon puree.

      • Reply Mendi Mendez July 12, 2013 at 11:52 am

        You’re so awesome. Thank you for getting back to me. I can’t wait to make this drink!

  • Reply Jackie l July 12, 2013 at 8:50 am

    That cat story is sooo funny! I love cats but man can they get angry – better to run! I really want this julep tonight, actually I really want it right now but it’s not even noon. Probably not acceptable, right?

    xo Jackie

  • Reply Jamie @lifelovelemons July 12, 2013 at 7:36 am

    lovelovelove this idea. Grilled watermelon sounds amazing.

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan July 12, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Don’t those cats just understand that Amelia wants to be BFFs?! Dumb furballs. p.s. Totally putting this in my weekend cocktail rotation girl

  • Reply Tieghan July 12, 2013 at 6:37 am

    So pretty!

  • Reply Sarah July 12, 2013 at 4:40 am

    Good lord! That sounds terrifying! I totally would have ran from the cat too! I am not good with angry animals, at all. I would need one of these to calm down.

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 12, 2013 at 4:22 am

    This sounds so good!! Love the look of that grilled watermelon!