Were you only to know me based on my blog posts for the last month, you might conclude I spend my summers in a drunken stupor, swilling any cocktail that comes my way. Untrue though I have a bevy of great warm weather cocktail recipes that really should be shared and enjoyed by the masses (hence the seeming fixation on the topic of late).
This cocktail is at the top of my summer list. I’ve been plotting the right time to share it and July 4th seems the right unveiling. You’ll note momentarily why I’m publishing it July 2 but there is no more thirst-quenching, flavorful seasonal drink to enjoy on a sultry summer’s day. This recipe came my way a few years back and has become a facet of summer I look forward to yearly now!
WATERMELON INFUSED TEQUILA
You can make any amount of this tequila. This recipe uses a full 750 ml bottle with the intent you stick it in the fridge and enjoy it at your leisure.
· 1 750 ml bottle of white or silver, 100% agave tequila
· 1 small seedless watermelon (yielding about 2 pounds of 1 inch cubed watermelon)
· A sealable jar with will hold the above (I use an 8 cup/4 pint Mason jar with lid)
Wash and dry jar. Add watermelon and tequila and seal. Allow to sit at least 2 days (just enough time to make today and whip up Monday for July 4!), preferably 1 week. Infusion can occur at room temperature. Once done keeping it in your refrigerator will have it chilled and ready for use.
Note on Tequila type: In speaking with a knowledgeable representative at a local extensively-stocked liquor store, he explained that white and silver tequila are not aged and hence do not have a strong flavor profile making them perfect for this recipe. Additionally 100% agave tequila will include no additives.
· 2 ounces watermelon tequila (above)
· 1 ounce frozen limeade
· 2 cubes of the watermelon from the tequila jar (above)
· ¾ ounce Cointreau
· 1 cup crushed ice
Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until combined.
Please enjoy and have a happy, safe July 4th!