Saturday, June 18, 2011

Wicked Watermelon

Cocktail Recipe.

When I go to the supermarket and see watermelons on sale, I nearly do a happy dance. I then proceed to cradle my prized (and heavy) possession up several flights of stairs to our apartment and then cut the whole thing into large chunks to store in the fridge.

And for the next few days, I swarm like a shark around said fridge…resisting the urge to eat the whole bowl in one sitting. To make myself feel better, I’ll spoon it into smaller bowls…several times a day…until it is gone.

photo courtesy of flickr.

My husband thinks I’m crazy. He is OK with watermelon, but not a fanatic like me. But I think I have a sure fire way to bring him to the dark side. Add booze.

The trick is that it can’t taste TOO much like watermelon for my husband to like it. But I still want to impart the sweet refreshing quality of the fruit that makes me go gaga.

So I was pretty psyched to find the perfect recipe when I was cleaning out files this week and a random sheet from an old Glamour Magazine “magically” appeared. And it has a great name too: “Forget the Mistake You Made at Work Margarita”. Looks like I’ll be cradling another watermelon up the stairs for this weekend’s newest libation experiment…

Forget the Mistake You Made at Work Margarita
serves 4-6

3 cups chopped watermelon
Juice of 10 lime
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups ice cubes, plus more for serving
1 cup white tequila
1/2 cup Grand Marnier (Cointreau or Triple Sec is fine too)
Kosher Salt

In a blender combine watermelon, lime juice, sugar, and 2 cups of ice. Blend until smooth. Add tequila and Grand Marnier, pulsing to blend.

Using leftover portions of limes to run along the rim of tall glasses, and then dip in a small plate of kosher salt. Fill each glass with ice and top with blended margarita and serve.