I’m having a hard time letting go of Summer. I felt like it came and went in a blink and I barely have any kind of tan to show for it. Sigh.
Anyway, Summer or not, I still love a good margarita and this watermelon margarita is no exception. I bought one of those personal size watermelons (though I can’t imagine eating one of these all by myself!) in part because I always think they look so darn cute. I found that the miniature size was much more manageable and I didn’t have to spend a half hour just cutting up a massive melon.
Most watermelon drink recipes will have you using a blender and running the juice through a mesh strainer. That’s one way to do it, but muddling chunks of melon produces similar results and involves less clean up (very important).
Watermelon Margarita (On the Rocks)
Makes One Drink
1 c. cubed watermelon
1/2 lime, juiced
2 oz. Patron (or tequila of choice)
1/2 oz. triple sec
1/2 oz. simple syrup
coarse salt or sugar for rimming, optional
Scatter coarse salt or sugar onto a plate. Use a lime wedge to wet the rim of a glass. Dip the rim of the glass into the salt until the edge is covered in a salt ring. Fill the glass with ice.
In a cocktail shaker, add the cubed watermelon, juice of 1/2 a lime, and simple syrup. Muddle the watermelon until ample juice is produced. Add tequila, triple sec, and ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into the salt rimmed glass. Garnish with a lime and watermelon wedge.