Friday, June 20, 2014

Watermelon Margaritas

Like watermelon? Like margaritas? Combine the two for a refreshing cocktail that is perfect for summer. I have to admit, this recipe is a bit labor intensive, but it's worth it. What a unique taste! I cut the recipe in half, below, to make two drinks. Double or triple the recipe to make a pitcher full.

Watermelon Margaritas

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 cup cubed seedless watermelon
1/8 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
3 ounces tequila (Note: recipe calls for white or silver tequila but I used the darker aged reposado tequila and it was delicious)
coarse salt

1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Remove syrup from heat, transfer to a heat-proof glass bowl and let cool.
2. In a blender, puree watermelon until smooth. Through a fine-mesh sieve, strain into a pitcher, pressing on solids (you should have about 1/2 cup of juice). Discard solids. Stir in syrup, lime juice and tequila.
3. Place 1/4 cup coarse salt on a small plate. Wet the rims of two glasses with lime wedge, then dip the rims in coarse salt. Fill glasses with margarita mixture and enjoy. Cheers!

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