Friday, May 23, 2014

YABBA DABBA DO! Watermelon Margarita

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients (1 cocktail)
1/2 cup pureed watermelon
1/2 cup Casa Noble tequila, any variety
1/4 cup Licor 43
1-2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
simple syrup or agave nectar, to taste

Place all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice, adding lime juice and sweetener, to taste. Shake it like you got it.

Serving suggestions:

If you like, rim a cocktail glass with sugar or salt. Fill with ice or frozen watermelon balls (see below), and then strain the margarita into the glass. Enjoy cold!

Try adding a few fresh mint leaves to the cocktail shaker first, bruising them with a muddler before adding remaining ingredients. Add a sprig of mint as garnish.

Multiply the ingredients to make a pitcher full for a party.

To make frozen watermelon balls:

Use a melon baller to cut balls from a watermelon. Lay them in a single layer on a plate or tray; freeze until solid. If you're not using them right away, transfer to a freezer baggie until needed. Add to cocktail glass before adding the cocktail, in place of ice.

I love using these in place of ice because they don't dilute the cocktail...and then you're left with booze-soaked watermelon balls to munch on when you're done with your cocktail.

Make a whole watermelon's worth of balls and freeze the whole batch if you're making a pitcher of margaritas!

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