Jalapeño Watermelon Margarita
Last week I was asked to describe my perfect summer meal. Of course I had to include a cocktail.
It’s natural for us to make margaritas in the summer, so when Greg and I started putting dinner together (which was pretty much the same menu I listed on Friday: fish tacos, pineapple salsa and tortillas with roasted corn & jalapeño salsa) I kept thinking I wanted to try something a little different from the standard margarita.
Using a little creativity and ingredients on hand…the Jalapeño Watermelon Margarita was born.
- 1/2 of an 8″ seedless watermelon, remove flesh and save in a bowl
- 2 lemons juiced
- 2 limes juiced
- 1 container of your favorite lemonade or limeade (like Newman’s Own)
- 1 bottle of jalapeño infused tequila (Tanteo was delicious)
- For the watermelon juice: put watermelon in a food processor and puree until no chunks remain
- pour through a sieve into a pitcher, discard pulp remaining in sieve
- add lemon and lime juice, stir well
- For the margarita: rim the glass with salt (optional)
- fill glass with ice
- add 1 shot of tequila
- add 1 shot of watermelon juice
- fill with lemonade
- mix well
- garnish with lime and/or watermelon slice
This drink is light, fresh and fairly spicy. The watermelon and the lemonade are the only sweeteners and can both be adjusted to taste.
If you are thinking, “that’s a lot of work,” take heart – you are just making the watermelon small enough to fit the processor and it filters through the sieve quickly, it took me about 10 minutes or less to make the juice.
If you are like me and always making modifications, consider the following:
- you could use your favorite tequila in place of the Tanteo
- you could add a 1/2 shot of orange liqueur to make the drink a little sweeter (Cointreau, Three O’s or triple sec)
- you could use jalapeño infused vodka in place of the tequila
- you could make this without alcohol all together, mixing the lemonade and watermelon in a pitcher and adding slices of lemon and chunks of watermelon
Do you think you’ll try it? Let me know if you do. With the holiday weekend coming up you might want to serve at your next get-together.