Recipe: Watermelon Elyx 

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After Ocean Prime launched a store-wide challenge to create a unique cocktail using Absolut Elyx, the winning cocktail, judged on a series of criteria, is now on all Ocean Prime menus across the country, including the High Street hot spot in Phoenix. The Watermelon Elyx is a juicy and delicious mix of Absolut Elyx vodka, Uncle Val’s Gin, watermelon, fresh basil, lime and Hella Ginger Bitters.
Watermelon Elyx 
1 ½ oz. Absolut Elyx
½ oz. Uncle Val’s Gin
1 oz. Basil Simple Syrup (see below)
½ oz. Watermelon Purée (see below)
½ oz. Fresh-squeezed Lime Juice
5-6 Dashes Hella Ginger Bitters
1) Combine all ingredients in mixing glass.
2) Add ice to mixing tin.
3) Shake vigorously to chill.
4) Strain half of the cocktail into service glass and half into glass carafe.
5) Place glass carafe atop crushed ice in copper vessel. Garnish with three small watermelon balls on a prism stick.
Basil Simple Syrup Recipe
1 ½ C. Basil Leaves
1 Q Water
1 Q Sugar
1) Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan.
2) Over medium heat, bring to a boil.
3) Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
4) Strain mixture through chinois.
5) Label and date.
Watermelon Purée
1) Remove garnishes from watermelon.
2) Place remainder of melon in blender.
3) Blend thoroughly.
4) Strain through chinois.
5) Label and date.

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