Some of you might have noticed that the Lolita cocktail has seen different variations over the years. Well, I think we nailed it on this one and this version is here to stay. The inspiration for this cocktail actually came from my chef at work. He was featuring a watermelon salad with all the ingredients seen in this cocktail. I showed my co-worker and partner in crime Paul Palombo and said, “If these flavors are working in this salad they can work in this cocktail.” Thus the Lolita cocktail was born.
Let’s Make the Lolita
- 2 oz vodka
- 1/2 oz honey syrup (1:1)
- 1 oz freshly juiced tomato
- 2 watermelon chunks for muddling
- 3 basil leaves for muddling
- Couple dashes of balsamic vinegar
- Garnish with a cherry tomato and a basil leaf
Muddle the basil and watermelon first in your cocktail shaker. Add all other ingredients except the garnish and shake with ice. Double strain into an ice filled double old fashioned glass. Garnish with a cherry tomato and basil leaf.
note: the tomato can also be muddled in this cocktail if you’re not juice crazy like me.