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

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.



Southerncook said...

This cocktail sounds delicious, one definitely to try. BTW, where have you found burrata. I have Giada's new book and she has several recipes calling for burrata but I have never seen it here? Maybe I'm just not looking in the right place? Hope you are enjoying your summer.


Tina said...

It has been sweltering, and that storm last night was pretty severe! Love the combo of cold, wseet and spicy with that cocktail!

Angie Schneider said...

It's very hot over here too. Wish I could have a sip! They sound and look so refreshing and nice. Continue to enjoy the summer, Velva.

Pam said...

Woo hoo, Velva! Wish I had seen this before I made Margaritas yesterday, and I even had watermelon in the fridge. Not so hot here, haven't had the a/c on for several days but I'd drink this regardless. Thanks for the recipe!

That Girl said...

I'm all about the spicy drinks lately.

mimi rippee said...

YUM. Those really sound wonderful.

David said...

Velva, My wife loves Margaritas but she's never had this version. She likes spicy so I bet this will be a winner for her! Thanks and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Marcelle said...

How I would love one of these margaritas right now. They look so good!! I will have to try them, Velva.

Michelle said...

Delish! The Margarita is the quintessential summer drink, in my opinion!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Love a good margarita! I usually make the traditional, but flavored ones are so good. Love a watermelon one, and spicy? My kind of drink! Thanks!

Marcellina said...

Lovely! Spicy is unusual but I'll bet it's delicious!

Mae Travels said...

Your outdoor table setting is beautiful, and the drink and appetizer look perfect for a hot night.

best... mae at


Yummo Yummo Yummo!!! A must try this summer!

grace said...

how interesting! this is a whole new type of refreshing for me and i'd love to relax on the patio with one in my hand!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Very warm here this weekend too. These look like the perfect, refreshing cocktail, Velva!

Rebecca Subbiah said...

love your cocktails and I can almost here the fans

Roz Corieri Paige said...

Watermelon cocktails are so refreshing in this intense summer heat that we're having. I'm going to go whip one up now! Even have all of the ingredients....we buy watermelon as long as we can while it's fresh. My grandsons devour watermelon. I'll have this cocktail while they eat their own chunks!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Now that cocktail of yours is a tasty way to beat the heat.

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