I don't even like beer, but I think I could get into this. The recipe calls for Maraschino liqueur. It's a relatively dry liqueur with a subtle bitter-almond flavor and can be found at any well-stocked liquor store. I'm certain the Maraschino liqueur contributes a great deal to this drink, but because the recipe uses so little of the liqueur, I don't see why it couldn't be replaced with maraschino cherry juice. A slighly altered recipe from Chow. Chilled time not included.
- Set a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl; set aside.
- Place the watermelon in a blender and blend until liquified, about 1 minute. Pour through the strainer into the bowl and scrape a rubber spatula against the inside surface of the strainer to push the juice through until only pulp remains. Discard the pulp and set the strainer back over the bowl. (You should have about 3 cups of juice).
- Add the sugar to the juice and stir until dissolved, about 2 minutes. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 1/2 hours or until ready to use.
- When ready to serve, add the maraschino liqueur and beer and stir gently to combine.