Mint and melon margaritas
I think the greatest thing about these besides the fact there's a shot+ of tequila in them is that they're incredibly easy to make. The idea of juicing a watermelon sounds like me trying to fit into last summers swim trunks but trust and believe it takes all of about 15 min of hands on time, a blender, and a strainer.
No juicer, no need to go out and buy some watermelon water, and you can use whatever the hell melon you want. I saw something called a Santa Claus Melon in the store. Does that sound like something I want to eat? No. But the opportunity's there!
The idea of the mint is sort of a play on the popular mint and melon salad that was popular a while ago, that's still delicious no matter how long ago it happened. The other thing about mint is that it's one of my favorite flavors to mix with tequila. +10 points on the refresh scale. Perfect for the summer, perfect for the day drinking.
Mint & Melon Margaritas
Yields vary on your melons*
For the Melon Juice:
Whatever melons you want for the drink
For the actual margarita:
6 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
6 oz. melon juice, preferrably very cold
1.5 oz – 2 oz silver tequila
juice of half a lime, plus more limes for garnish, salting the rim
agave, optional for a sweeter drink
salt for the rim, I use coarse kosher salt
*I found watermelons yield the most juice while the cantaloupe yielded the least.
1 personal watermelon will yield a few drinks, 1 cantaloupe will yield 1-2
To make the melon juice, prep the watermelon by cutting it into chunks (I show you how I do it quickly in the nom video) then fill up your blender about halfway with the melon chunks and a splash of water. Blend on high for about 15 seconds until the mixture is smooth and strain into a large container. Depending on the melon it'll take a couple minutes for the juice to strain, and it helps if you sort of stir the pulp in the strainer a few times.
To make the drink you can use either a shaker for a margarita glass or just in a highball glass, you just need a sturdy vessel for muddling the mint.
Use a wedge of lime to wet the rim of the glass then dip that into a small plate of salt. Gently tap the glass to shake any loose salt and set aside.
Muddle the mint, add everything else, stir, and add ice cubes (or shake with 5-6 ice cubes in a shaker and strain out over ice)
Garnish with a mini mint tree, or a lime slice, drink, repeat.
Check out the slideshow below for more margarita recipes: