This all began innocently enough one evening while making watermelon limeade. Before you knew it, I had poured some tequila into my no-longer-limeade and was knee deep in concocting a margarita recipe (a surprise to approximately no one). I then mixed together some chili-lime salt because, well, why not? The good news is that I ended up with a recipe for both limeade and margaritas, satisfying both my toddler and myself for our Friday night happy hours. I have to say this drink is exceptionally refreshing, and should there be any more earth shattering* heat waves in the Pacific Northwest, I feel armed and ready.
*not an exaggeration…interstate 5 actually buckled/broke in one section and Seattle set a new record high temperature
WATERMELON MARGARITA or WATERMELON LIMEADE
makes one margarita on the rocks or one glass of watermelon limeade
0.5oz cointreau or triple sec
3oz fresh watermelon juice (it’s easy to make your own, see step #1)
1oz fresh lime juice
handful of ice cubes
chili lime salt for the rim (see below)
garnish: mint sprig and lime wedge
makes enough salt for several cocktails
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
zest of one large lime
1 tablespoon kosher salt
6oz fresh watermelon juice (it’s easy to make your own, see step #1)
1oz fresh lime juice
chili lime salt for the rim
garnish: mint and lime wedge
1. To make your own watermelon juice: Buy a small or medium-sized seedless watermelon. Cut off the rind and chop the watermelon into large chunks. In a blender or food processor, blend the watermelon on low speed for only a few seconds, until just barely liquified (you don’t want to unnecessarily blend up any seeds*). Strain the juice into a large pitcher using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. I was able to get 65oz watermelon juice from an 8.5lb watermelon.
2. Make the chili-lime salt: Whisk all chili-lime salt ingredients together in a small bowl. Pour onto a small plate when you are ready to make your drinks.
3. To assemble a margarita: Wet the rim of a cocktail glass with water or a lime wedge. Dip the rim in the salt so the salt sticks to the rim. Put a handful of ice cubes in the prepared cocktail glass. Stir together the cointreau, tequila, watermelon juice, and lime juice and pour over the ice cubes. Garnish with a mint sprig and lime wedge. Drink immediately.
4. To assemble one glass of watermelon limeade: Wet the rim of a cocktail glass with water or a lime wedge. Dip the rim in the salt so the salt sticks to the rim. Put a handful of ice cubes in the prepared cocktail glass. Stir together the watermelon juice and lime juice and pour over the ice cubes. Garnish with a mint sprig and lime wedge. Drink immediately.
*seedless watermelon are only free of the “mature” black seeds, not the “immature” white ones