Monday, July 6, 2009

July 4th, a Retrospective...

After a long, fun, and friend-filled July 4th weekend, I have a few stand outs to share with you. The first look back is a drink that I believe should be made for me every weekend from now until the end of time. I have never been one to take the time out to make a "specialty" cocktail, as it always seems like too much work, but after this weekend, I have a new found love for alcohol mixed with a little imagination. I saw a recipe in July's Food and Wine, from Bobby Flay, and it looked too good to not try, especially when watermelon is so abundant. (Plus, one mention of tequila and I'm yours.)

Watermelon-Tequila Cocktails
From Food and Wine, July 2009.
Makes 8 delicious cocktails:

1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
8 cups diced seedless watermelon (1 lb)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 3/4 cup fresh blueberries
3/4 cup packed fresh mint
1 1/4 cup silver tequila

In a small sauce pan, bring sugar and water to a moderate heat, allow sugar to dissolve, allow to cool.
In a blender, puree watermelon until smooth, pass juice through a fine mesh sieve. Discard pulp.
In a large pitcher, combine sugar, syrup with lime juice, blueberries and mint leaves. Using a wooden spoon, muddle blueberries and mint.
Add watermelon juice and tequila, chill for about 2 hours.
Serve over ice and garnish with mint and lime wedge.


Jersey Girl said...

The watermelon-tequilla cocktails were sublime and the left-over watermelon juice made for a nice alternative to oj the morning after! Thanks for the delicious 4th of July!!

celeste kellerhouse said...

Let's do it again!