Watermelon Mint Margarita – Happy Cinco de Mayo!!
By sugarspiceandbacon on May 05, 2012
Happy Cinco de Mayo Friends!!!!
I absolutely love food/drink based holidays. But then again who doesn't?! My love for Cinco de Mayo probably has to do with these three factors: my love for chips and salsa, guacamole, and tequila!
So today to celebrate I'll be drinking lots of these! My sister is coming down to visit and it's supposed to be really nice today and I can't think of anything better than sitting in my backyard, catching up with my sis, with one of these in hand!
I first tried this refreshing libation on our New York trip. We had just spent an uncharacteristically warm afternoon at the Yankee game and needed something cool with a little zing. This definitely fit the bill! Almost as soon as I got home I set off to recreate the magic!
The trick of this cocktail is that the watermelon isn't juiced or blended, it just gets muddled right there in the cocktail shaker with the lime juice, honey (you could also use agave syrup) mint, and tequila. Then, you add the ice and shake it like a salt shaker so the watermelon breaks up even more. Speaking of salt, I LOVE salt on margs, but this version doesn't really need it- I think I might try a sugar rim though, it is a holiday! Also, I always use blanco tequila for margaritas, I just think it tastes best.
The recipe I recreated is for one drink, but if you are having a Cinco de Mayo fiesta you could easily make a big batch, stick it in a pitcher in the fridge, and make all your guest very happy!
If you need some more Cinco de Mayo cocktail motivation...
What are your Cinco de Mayo plans???
|Watermelon Mint Margarita|
- watermelon, cut into about 1" cubes (4 cubes per drink)
- juice of 1 lime
- 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
- 5 mint leaves
- 3.5 oz blanco tequila
- Muddle about 4 watermelon cubes in a cocktail shaker
- Add honey, lime juice, and mint
- Muddle again
- Add tequila and fill shaker with ice
- Shake well-very well!
- Pour drink, ice and all into your glass or mason jar
- Garnish with mint leaves and a slice of watermelon