Saturday, July 4, 2009

Taste of America.

Happy 4th of July, a day of celebration that makes every American's chest swell with pride.

This weekend the boss is upstate with the Family leaving the rest of us to play in Brooklyn.
For this independence day, we'll show you a take on the classic drunken melon, done BMW style.

First, get the biggest watermelon you can fit into a cooler or fridge, and cut off the top to expose the fleshy goodness within:
The next step is to make room for booze by coring the center of the melon. There are a few different ways to do this, but poking around the shop we found that our seatpost makes a slammin' melon corer:

Maximum insertion.
Once the post bottoms out on the rind at the bottom of the melon, cover the vent hole at the top of the post, give it a good yank, and Viola! 29.8mm of melony goodness now stands before you. Take a long knife and make vertical slits all along the glory hole as to maximize surface area and increase the rate of juice/alcohol transfer:
Flip the melon upside down for 30 minutes or so to let any excess juices flow out of the melon, then pack it upright in ice.

Next is the most important part- pick the appropriate liquor for the job. For optimal independence day celebrations get your hands on the highest proof party water you can get your hands on. You can't find everclear in NYC, but our local store had this lovely summer varietal known for it's clarity, bouquet, and disinfectant qualities:

Bombs away!

Fill the melon to the top, then squeeze the sides a bit to let the booze flow between the slices in the melon. Cover it in the cooler, go ride bikes (we laced some wheels), give it at least 6 hours or so, then choose one of the 30,000 BKLYN rooftop parties with some patriotic honies, watch some fireworks, and sing songs of celebration. Hot damn we love this country!