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- 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
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.
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat: 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat: 0g|
|Trans Fat: 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate: 21g||8%|
|Dietary Fiber: 2g||7%|