Watermelon Fresca Mojito

Posted on: July 11th, 2015 by Carla Johnson No Comments

“Many wagon-loads of enormous water-melons were brought to market every day, and I was sure to see groups of men, women, and children seated on the pavement round the spot where they were sold, sucking in prodigious quantities of this water fruit.  Their manner of devouring them is extremely unpleasant; the huge fruit is cut into half a dozen sections, of about a foot long, and then, dripping as it is with water, applied to the mouth, from either side of which pour copious streams of the fluid, while, ever and anon, a mouthful of the hard black seeds are shot out in all directions, to the great annoyance of all within reach.  When I first tasted this fruit I thought it very vile stuff indeed, but before the end of the season we all learned to like it.  When taken with claret and sugar it makes a delicious wine and water.” ~ Frances Trollope (1780-1865) ‘Domestic Manners of the Americans’ (1832)

The last several years have seen the virtual disappearance of the watermelon with seeds and I am going to stand up and declare I miss them. I enjoyed spitting the black little slippery things out on the lawn at picnics. It was fun competing in  target practise with my friends. It is an art, you know, to propel a seed with accuracy and speed. And it is a celebrated skill that kids these days are missing out on.

And while I am sounding like an old has-been, I am going to declare that seeded watermelon tasted better. Mind you, I have not been able to compare and have no proof, but I am certain that seedless watermelon is blander and drier. It is less colourful and less flavourful. Or maybe I’m just wishing for the “good ol’ days” when the grass was greener and the watermelon sweeter. And I am wishing I could teach my daughter how to spit a watermelon seed without it dripping down her chin like mine always did. :)

This fun video below, on how to make a watermelon keg, popped up on social media recently and I love it. But I also knew we could do better than just serve plain watermelon aqua fresca from it. A little bit of “sin” makes it a lot better.

Carla Johnson author Cooking With Sin

Watermelon Fresca Mojito

  • 3 cups seedless watermelon
  • 1  fresh lime, cut into sections
  • ¼ cup rum
  • Sugar, to taste
  • Fresh mint
  • Club soda (optional)

1. Mix the watermelon in a blender until smooth.

2. Muddle the lime, rum, sugar and mint in a pitcher.

3. Stir watermelon into the muddled mix in the pitcher. Serve individual glasses and top each with club soda. Garnish with a slice of watermelon or mint sprig.

“The nature of watermelons is generally rather chilling and contains a great deal of moisture... Their cleansing action you can discover for yourself; just rub them on dirty skin. Watermelons will remove the following: freckles, facial moles, or epidemic leprosy, if anyone should have these conditions.”
Galen (129-216 A.D.), Marcus Aurelius’s personal physician

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Summertime Frozen Sangria

Posted on: July 8th, 2015 by Carla Johnson No Comments

“I found a photograph of you and me 
Drinking sangria somewhere by the sea.
There’s laughter in our eyes and dreams in our hearts.”

~ The Divine Comedy

Carla Johnson author Cooking With Sin

It’s summer and time for a new, refreshing twist on the classic drink sangria.

In Spanish, the word “sangria” means to bleed. While many people enjoy white sangrias, I choose to stick with red wine for my sangrias simply because it fits so “appetizingly” with the name.

Right now I have cotton candy flavoured vodka in my liquor cabinet, so that’s what I started to soak the fruit in. Then, knowing how well wine and chocolate pair, I added “Glad I thought of that!” Crème de Cacao.

I made this for my friend Rhonda’s pool party. (Rhonda, the CWS contributor of Rhonda’s Been Screeched, Bread Pudding and Hard Caramel Sauce & A Little Leftover Red Wine Jelly) The party was a reunion of good friends from our University of Waterloo days. None of us had changed a bit. Yes, none of us had changed a bit. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. The day turned out to be cool & rainy, so the pool was abandoned and we hunkered down indoors to chat and eat and drink. It was a great day. 😀

This fruity sangria is smooth and cool with a nice hint of chocolate. A perfect refreshing drink for a hot – or even a cool and rainy – summer day.

Carla Johnson author Cooking With Sin

Summertime Frozen Sangria


2 cups mixed berries

½ cup crème de cacao

½ cup cotton candy flavoured vodka

2 cups rainbow sorbet

1 handful ice cubes

½ bottle cheap & cheerful red wine

1. Let the mixed berries soak in the crème de cacao and vodka for several hours. Stir and when the berries are soft from absorbing the liquid put the whole mix in the freezer overnight. It will partially freeze into a slush.

2. In your blender, mix the sorbet, soaked berries, wine and ice cubes. Blend until smooth and serve.

Carla Johnson author Cooking With Sin

Carla Johnson author Cooking With Sin

Photo Credit:


My good friend Faryl made up a batch. Here is a shot of hers. It looks so good! Thanks for sharing it Faryl. :)

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Carla Johnson Cooking With Sin


Thanksgiving Sweet Pumpkin Martini

Posted on: October 2nd, 2014 by Carla Johnson No Comments

For us Canadians, Thanksgiving is a week away and I have just the recipe to start the day, Sweet Pumpkin Martinis.

Irish Cream Pumpkin Spice Whisky whiskey Cotton Candy vodka marshmallow vanilla

Mix equal parts and serve over ice:

Irish Cream

Pumpkin Spice Whisky

Cotton Candy Vodka

Bottom’s Up!

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Cooking With Sin 2014 Calendar – May

Posted on: April 30th, 2014 by Carla Johnson No Comments

Each month in 2014, I am sharing a calendar page that includes a CWS recipe. Here is May’s!

Click to open up the large version of the calendar page, then right click and save or copy it for yourself. Print it off for your fridge, share it with a friend, post it at your office… etc.

I just ask, if you use it in a document, please use the entire image, so Cooking With Sin gets the credit. Thank you. It is yours to enjoy!

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Check out the story from the original recipe “Patti’s Classic Classy Cosmos.”

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Patti’s Classic Classy Cosmos

Posted on: April 29th, 2014 by Carla Johnson No Comments

“If I had my way, I’d wear jewelry, a great pair of heels and nothing else.” ~ Jada Pinkett Smith

My friend Patti Woods designs beautiful jewelry. Being a professional and classy woman, her jewelry is carefully and passionately created to make you look fabulous. With my mild addiction to silver, I do my best to keep her in business.  You might say I am the “Audrey” to her “Tiffany.” :)

CWS Patti Cosmo Audrey Hepburn

If you love jewelry, you will love Patti’s website “Designs by Patti Lynn.”

Patti does everything with class and style just like these great jello cosmos of hers. Prepare them for your next classy picnic.

CWS Patti Cosmo pic oil painted

Patti’s Classic Classy Cosmos

Serves 4
2 tablespoons of unflavored gelatin powder
1/2 cup cold water
1 1/4 cups cranberry juice
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup sprite
1/2 cup vodka
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup fresh blueberries
Mint leaves

1. In a bowl pour the cold water.  Evenly sprinkle gelatin over cold water and allow the gelatin to absorb for 2 minutes.

2. In a saucepan, bring cranberry juice and sugar to a boil.  Stir into gelatin until the gelatin is completely dissolved.

3. Allow to cool and stir in Sprite, Vodka and lime juice.  Refrigerate until thickened.

4. Gently fold in raspberries and blueberries.  Spoon into martini glasses and refrigerate until firm.  When ready to serve garnish with mint leaves.

CWS Patti Cosmo pic 2 upright watermark

Credit: All Cosmo photos taken by Patti Woods.

CWS Patti Cosmo jewelry poster

Carla Johnson Cooking With Sin

Carla Johnson Cooking With Sin