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.

  • 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 

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.


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