My mixological rut continues unabated. Most of my experimentation recently has been more culinary in nature, but I've been re-reading Craft Cocktails at Home and picking up some ideas. I'll likely have a bit of general experimentation to post about soon.
In the meantime, there's been one spot of mixological success that deserves mention here. I've talked about the cryo-juicing method here before, and I recently applied it to a bag of leftover watermelon slices. The result is absolutely beautiful - slightly sweet, very subtle, and extremely refreshing even in small doses. It just so happened to find its way into a Negroni remix and it couldn't have been more welcome. The navy-strength gin here made up for the extra volume and retained the incisive flavor of the juniper.
1 oz navy-strength gin (Hayman's Royal Dock)
1 oz Aperol (Campari or Capelletti would work too)
1 oz Cocchi Americano
1 oz cryo-watermelon juice
Stir with a single large ice cube in an old-fashioned glass; garnish with a strip of grapefruit peel.
I named this after its very pretty pink color, combined with the fact that it retained a pretty fair punch from the gin. Handle with care.