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The Last Hurrah: Watermelon Margarita

August 31, 2012

Here’s a perfect cocktail for Labor Day weekend, a summer sendoff if you will. I recently bought a whole watermelon and thought we’d turn pink if we ate it all in slices so brainstormed other ways to enjoy the quintessential summer treat. A watermelon margarita seemed like the way to go. I served these when our friends JP and Jenna were visiting us in the ‘burbs on a recent Saturday. We spent the afternoon kayaking and before enjoying a simple summer dinner, we sat on the porch drinking watermelon margaritas and enjoying my go-to summer appetizer. Good friends, a refreshing cocktail and a yummy snack…does it get any better than that?!

I use Don Julio tequila blanco. It’s a little pricey but well worth it when you wake up the next day without a headache 🙂 I kept the amount of tequila low so the margaritas wouldn’t be too boozy. Even with a half cup, you can still taste the tequila, especially if you use a high quality one like Don Julio or Patron.

I’m calling this cocktail The Last Hurrah since summer is winding down. Cheers!

The Last Hurrah aka Watermelon Margarita
yields four cocktails, easily multiplies for a crowd

4 to 5 cups cubed watermelon, seeds removed
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (4-5 limes)
1 T agave or sugar, plus more to taste
1/2 cup tequila blanco

Puree watermelon chunks using an immersion blender (a regular blender works too). You should have about 3 cups of watermelon puree.

Combine watermelon puree, lime juice, agave or sugar and tequila in a pitcher. Stir to combine. Taste mixture with a spoon and add more sweetener if needed. Serve in small glasses over ice.

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