If you live in a hot climate, it’s always important to have a few fun drinks in your repertoire. If you live in a cold climate, it’s even more so, since the summer is so short and one needs to enjoy it as much as possible. It's getting cold, and winter is coming and since I'm in complete denial, I decided that a summer drink is just the thing to to make one feel better. So for everyone out there, here is a drink that takes 2 minutes to make.
The first time I made this drink I was with my friend Tim who was the bartender at the poolside bar at the Standard Hotel in downtown L.A. I was hanging out there, poolside on the rooftop, which offers a fantastic view of LA LA Land. I had just finished a shoot with one of my favorite models for an artistic series of photographs I was working on called Up In Smoke.
So there we were, hot LA day, after 6 hours of shooting and I was parched. I asked Tim to make me a refreshing drink. He asked if I wanted a mojito, no. A daiquiri, no. A beer...no! A Vodka Redbull, a coke, an orange juice.... no, no no... So in typical Tim style, he rolled his eyes, called me a wanker and said “come do it yourself then”.
So I stepped behind the bar and started looking at what they had. One thing caught my eye; they were serving fresh mangos as a side dish. But mango is sweet and does not have a lot of water in it. Right away, my mind ran to watermelon. So we had some brought up from the kitchen, and I made this drink. I liked it. Tim liked it. Actually, half the people at the pool liked it. I started making them, then we started spiking them with Rum and Vodka. We went through 15 pounds of mangos and 6 large watermelons that afternoon. A great way to spend a day. Oh.... I also made $67 in tips that day, and added a delightful little drink to my menu.
- 2 fresh mangos
- Mango Juice nectar
- 1/4 fresh watermelon
1- Get your blender out and put equal parts mango juice nectar (the thick stuff) and water. If your mango juice is not too thick, don’t add the water.
2- Cut up the mangos, and put the flesh in the blender.
3- Add the watermelon
4- Blend the living day lights out of it.
If it is too thick, add water. If it is not sweet enough, you can add a small tablespoon of sugar or even better, honey.
Serve immediately in a pretty glass.