August Recipes

Grilled Watermelon and Strawberry Julep

Grilled Watermelon and Strawberry Julep cocktails
Hands On:
30 minutes
Total Time:
30 minutes


  • ½ cup fresh mint, lightly packed; plus additional for garnish
  • ¼ cup Hy-Vee granulated sugar
  • 2 oz water
  • 3 (1-1/2-inch thick) round slices whole seedless watermelon, plus additional grilled wedges for garnish
  • 1 (16-oz.) pkg. Hy-Vee Short Cuts strawberries, halved; plus additional sliced for garnish
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 9 oz Maker's Mark bourbon whisky, divided
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Preheat charcoal or gas grill with greased grill rack for direct cooking over medium heat (350°).
Combine ½ cup mint, sugar, and water in small saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Remove mint syrup from heat; discard mint and cool completely.
Grill 3 round watermelon slices 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly charred, turning halfway through. Place strawberry halves in a large grill basket. Grill 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly charred, stirring frequently. Cool slightly.
Remove and discard rind from grilled watermelon; chop watermelon. Place watermelon and strawberries in a large blender; cover and blend until smooth. Strain through fine-mesh sieve set over bowl; discard pulp. Add 4½ cups juice mixture to small pitcher. Refrigerate any remaining juice mixture for another use. Add mint syrup and lime zest and juice to pitcher; stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
To serve, fill 6 (12-oz. each) cocktail glasses with ice. Add 6-oz. chilled juice mixture and 1½ oz. bourbon to each glass; stir to combine. Garnish with additional mint, grilled watermelon wedges, and strawberry slices, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 6
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat: 0g 0%
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg 0%
Sodium: 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate: 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber: 2g 7%
Sugars: 15g 30%
Protein: 1g 2%

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