Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Fresh Watermelon & Herb Margaritas

I believe summer cocktails should be light, fresh, refreshing and not too sweet. This cooling cocktail perfectly fits the bill. Freshly squeezed watermelon juice is blended with fresh lime juice, freshly picked herbs, a bit of sea salt and your favorite tequila. The herbs and lime juice deliciously cut some of the sweetness of the watermelon, and the sea salt pulls everything together. So wonderful. Just the thing to tame the spiciest food.

I made a big pitcher of the margaritas for book club last week. The group loved them, drank every drop, and asked for the recipe. I consider that a massive success. Trust me...make a batch for your next party. You won't be sorry and will be blending watermelon margaritas all summer. Enjoy!

Fresh Watermelon & Herb Margaritas
(makes 8)

watermelon juice from a medium watermelon seeded and chunked 
juice of 2-3 limes 
1/2-1 teaspoon salt 
1 tablespoon mint (I used chocolate mint, but any type works), plus more for garnish
1 tablespoon basil, plus more for garnish

Blend watermelon, juice from 2 limes, 1/2 teaspoon salt and herbs together till smooth. You should get around 10 cups of liquid. Taste and add additional lime juice and salt to taste. 

Pour some of the juice into an ice cube tray to make watermelon ice cubes. Freeze until firm.
Refrigerate remaining juice until very cold.

When ready to serve, add 2-3 oz tequila to each glass. Add a couple of ice cubes and a few watermelon ice cubes. Fill glass with watermelon juice. Stir and garnish with herbs. Serve immediately.

Other Summer Cocktails you may enjoy:

Summer means easy, breezy dishes made from fresh, just-picked produce and this week at Food Network's Summer Soiree we are celebrating CocktailsDo you have a favorite cocktail recipe? Or, if you are not from the states, a favorite outdoor picnic recipe? Share in the comments section and/or link to your blog if you have one. And be sure to check out the delicious sounding recipes from my blogger friends and Food Network. 

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