The chefs where I work are awesome. Our cocktail program is grateful to have a team that allows us access to the kitchen’s resources. Bartenders and cooks have a working relationship and when the chef approached and said he had been working with pickled watermelon rind, my eyes lit up.
Pickled watermelon rind is a classic southern condiment. a crunchy, sweet and sour component used along side pork, chicken, or duck. how do you incorporate it into a cocktail you ask? I had the same question. My first attempt was to muddle it. It worked to a degree, but since it is rind it has little juice. So what I did was I took 6 oz. of already pickled rind and put it into a bottle of Pendleton Canadian Rye. I let it sit for just an hour and the infusion was almost immediate. you would never guess it was a rye. Wonderfully sweet without being syrupy.
The Watermelon Rye-nd
stir ingredients over ice until well chilled. Serve up or over the seasoned ice.
Then use the rind soaked in booze as an adult only condiment.
- Sweet Pickled Watermelon Rind (traveledeats.wordpress.com)
- Watermelon Rind Pickles (channelingmygrandma.wordpress.com)