Monday, July 30, 2018

Savoring the Season: Spicy Watermelon Margaritas

The sun is blazing, and its late afternoon on a Sunday.  We retreat to our patio to escape the sweltering heat.  The ceiling fans are humming overhead, and the wind down begins.  Warm weather appetizers are a must and we start with crispy polenta rounds, with creamy burrata, sliced watermelon wedges, and a arugula tossed in a light vinaigrette.  Summer wines are enjoyed too, maybe a Grenache or a cool Sangria.


On this particular summer day we decided on a summer cocktail to help us chill out.  This is where spicy meets cool watermelon. You can't beat this watermelon and jalapeño combination.  This easy to prepare, delicious cocktail is the perfect summer drink.


Spicy Watermelon Margarita 
Makes one cocktail
Recipe from Allrecipes

Directions:
Puree 2 cups cubed seedless watermelon in a blender.  Wipe the rim of a margarita glass with a lime wedge; dip rim into kosher salt or coarse white decorating sugar.  In a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice, add 2-ounces of watermelon puree.  1-1/2 ounces silver tequila, 3/4-ounce Cointreau, 3/4 ounce lime juice, and 1 slice jalapeño.  Shake until very cold.  Strain into prepared glass.  Garnish with a watermelon wedge or melon balls and a jalapeño slice-or simply float a jalapeño slice on top.

Enjoy!