Watermelon Margaritas for the Neighbors
Posted on Thursday, August 8th, 2013
I made a big pitcher of Watermelon Margaritas for the monthly potluck with our neighbors, and I gotta say it was one of my finer moments in the margarita department. Besides using a nice quality reposado tequila, the key ingredient was some fresh watermelon juice I received from a friend the day before.
Here’s some quick background on the watermelon juice. I host an art day every other month with some crafty friends. One friend has started a Cocktail Challenge for me to go along with our art project. It started off a couple of months ago with a gift of lovely Raspberry Vodka, which I turned into little cocktails for everyone. At our most recent art day, she showed up with this beautiful bounty of ingredients. The watermelon juice and the cucumber juices starred in two different small libations we enjoyed during our artful afternoon together. And lucky me, I got to keep the leftover watermelon juice, as well as the cucumber juice.
So back to our dinner with the neighbors. I kept the presentation very simple, and the ice cubes separate, so we didn’t have watery drinks. My recipe isn’t too precise, but this will give you a starting point for mixing up your own pitcher of fruity margaritas.
- 3 cups watermelon juice
- 2 1/2 cups reposado tequila
- a good glug (2+ ounces – for a hint of sweetness) triple sec
- 5-6 big dashes of mango chili pepper sauce or your favorite chili pepper sauce
- juice of 3 limes (or to taste)
- smoky finishing salt
Assemble everything in a nice glass pitcher. Have a separate bowl of ice cubes. For each guest, fill a glass with ice cubes, a nice pour of the Watermelon Margaritas, and a sprinkle of smoky salt.