Sidecar recipe for twoAnne's daughter/Lauren's niece, Evelyn, who's 2, treats eating watermelon like a contact sport. After a few minutes with a juicy wedge one recent afternoon, her t-shirt was Rorschach-ed and her pants looked like Jackson Pollock had had a go at them. But none of that was what you noticed first. It was her huge, juicy, very pink grin.

Naturally, the adults in her life all wanted in on a little bit of that happiness—and OK, we might have felt we deserved a reward for cleaning up after the watermelon wrestling match. So, with the help of little Evie's grandmother (of Michele's Killer Margarita fame), who was visiting, we created this fresh-as-summer melon-y libation. You get to skip the laundry and the lipstick reapplication, but you'll get plenty of big, satisfied smiles.

Watermelon Quencher

Ingredients for the sidekick
Makes 2 drinks
2 ounces fresh watermelon juice*
1 ounce vodka
½ ounce triple sec
½ ounce fresh lemon juice

*To help you with portions: We bought a watermelon wedge that weighed about 2 1/2 pounds. That yielded about 4 cups of chunks. Puree those in the food processor (if you're not using a seedless melon, please remove the seeds first!), strain the mixture through a fine sieve, and you get about 1 1/2 cups of juice—enough for six cocktails. For kids and designated drivers, the watermelon juice, with or without a squeeze of lemon, is great straight up or mixed with seltzer.

Directions for making a sidekick

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake 10 to 15 times to chill. Pour, with ice, into a glass rimmed with a mixture of half sugar, half salt. Extra credit: Tint the sugar-salt mix with a couple of drops of red food coloring.

Special thanks to our good friend and talented chef David Bonom, who first got us thinking about something fun (i.e., alcohol-related!) to do with watermelon juice.

Lauren and Anne
The Purcell Sisters

The Purcell Sisters