June 1, 2011

Watermelon-Tequila Cocktail



I picked up a watermelon from the grocery store and had just planned on cutting it up as a snack until I came across this recipe from Food and Wine.  It is so refreshing!  Sweet watermelon, sour lime and refreshing mint to cool you down and relax during this very HOT spring.



Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp sugar 
  • 2 c diced watermelon
  • 1 tbsp lime juice 
  • 1/2 c blueberries 
  • 1 tbsp mint leaves plus more for garnish 
  • 1/3 c tequila 
  • Ice 
Directions:

Bring the water and sugar to a simmer over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute.

Using a blender or food processor, puree the watermelon until smooth.  Set a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl and strain the watermelon juice, pressing gently on the solids to extract as much juice as possible.  Discard the pulp.

In a large pitcher, combine the sugar syrup with the lime juice, blueberries and mint leaves. Using a wooden spoon, lightly muddle the blueberries and mint. Add the watermelon juice and tequila. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.

Pour the cocktail into tall ice-filled glasses. Garnish with the mint sprigs and serve.

Enjoy!



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