Friday, May 20, 2016

The Farmers Market Cocktail

By: The Food Hunter

The Farmer's Market Cocktail is a delicious drink creation from Zachary Blair, lead mixologist at Lake Placid’s award-winning Whiteface Lodge. According to Blair, the Farmer's Market Cocktail was inspired by his childhood memories of eating fresh watermelon in the summer.

"When I was a kid, my summertime snack of choice was watermelon. I took a childhood favorite and made it into an adult cocktail using fresh watermelon juice, fresh citrus and a nectarine potato vodka. I make the most of the watermelon and try to use the entire fruit when juicing it. Then, I use the rind as an edible garnish."

This light and refreshing cocktail is perfect for sipping poolside on hot summer days.

The Farmer's Market Cocktail
2.5 ounces of 44 nectarine potato vodka
2 ounces of homemade watermelon basil juice (see below)
.5 ounce of Cynar artichoke bitters

Shake in a cocktail shaker with ice and serve straight up. Garnish with salted lemon and watermelon rind.

Watermelon Basil Juice
1 quart chopped watermelon
2 oz lime juice
2 oz simple syrup
6 basil leaves
Blend ingredients together. Strain through large strainer
Yield -1/2 quart


  1. This would definitely make my Friday a WHOLE lot better. Love the fact that you threw in some basil into the mix. Cheers!!!

  2. I had no clue there was such a thing as artichoke bitters, but I need to have some of that in my life!

  3. Such a beautiful cocktail! Definitely perfect for poolside and sounds so interesting and full of summer flavor. I had never heard of nectarine potato vodka before.

  4. Oh, I love the sound of this! Watermelon is one of my favorite summer treats so this is perfect!

  5. What a fun cocktail! I love the name too. The Farmer's Market is one of my favorite outings, and to come home to this drink would be lovely!