watermelon coolers

3 TBS watermelon vodka (recipe follows)

1 tsp granulated sugar

1/4 cup watermelon dice

1/2 lime

2 mint leaves

tonic water


place watermelon, mint, sugar and lime in the bottom of a highball or old fashioned glass.  muddle until the lime has been completely juiced, the mint has begun to give off scent, yet the watermelon has not been pulverized.  add a few ice cubes and pour the watermelon vodka over.  add enough tonic water to fill the glass. give a good stir and serve.

watermelon vodka

1 1/2 cups watermelon candies (i used these)--but i believe jolly ranchers would work well too

3 cups vodka

place the candies in the bottom of a large jar.  add the vodka. let sit in a cool dark place for about 3 days or until the candies are dissolved (may take less time).  Use as desired.