Last week I saw gorgeous round, light and dark green melons at the New Rochelle Farmer’s market. The vendor caught my eye, “Very sweet!” he smiled. That’s all I needed to hear…I had plans for my melon: Watermelon Margaritas!
The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo once said, “Fruits are like flowers: they speak a provocative language and teach us things that are hidden.” The watermelon—fresh, pink, and dotted with small black seeds—which played a starring role in several of her paintings, is loved throughout Mexico as well as many other Latin American countries. This gorgeous margarita is a great complement to any treat you serve with it.
Adapted from Mambo Mixers,©2005, Arlen Gargagliano. (Stewart, Tabori & Chang) (photo by Dasha Wright)
- Serves 2
- 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice, 1 lime wedge, plus 2 half-moon lime slices for garnish
- 2 teaspoons coarse salt (for glass rim--optional)
- 3 1/2 ounces tequila (more or less...depending your taste!)
- 1 1/2 cups diced and seeded watermelon
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Cointreau
- 2 1/2 teaspoons superfine sugar, or to taste
- 1 cup ice
- Rub the rim of two chilled margarita or cocktail glasses with a wedge of lime. Pour the salt onto a plate, and press the rim of the glass into it, turning gently until the rim is evenly coated. Shake off excess. Combine all ingredients (except the lime wedge and garnish) in a blender. Process until smooth. Pour into the prepared glass, garnish with the lime slices, and serve.