Watermelon-Infused Tequila + Watermelon Margaritas!

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.
Ingredients:
·         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.
WATERMELON MARGARITA
Serves:  1
Ingredients:
·         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!

Comments

  1. says

    I'm enjoying your “Drink A Day” theme for the holiday weekend!

    We have a local purveyor making smoked salmon flavored vodka (from their distillery's Alaskan potato vodka), but no one up here is flavoring tequila. You've shown us an easy way to do it. Tequila isn't local to my area, but I'm sure folks would cut me some slack …

    Cheers!

  2. says

    Ah, what a fabulous cocktail. I'm making frozen margarita pops out of wedges of cantaloupe and watermelon today…what doesn't get eaten will get blended into one of your fabulous margaritas!

  3. says

    now that sounds like one delicious margarita, I love watermelon drinks and infusing the tequila first must have added even more flavor! I would to celebrate the 4th with a few of these tasty cocktails!

  4. says

    This sounds incredible, and I know the taste is spot on because my sister and I just did tequila soaked watermelon this weekend and it was sooooooo good! Lovely photos!

  5. says

    You had me at watermelon-infused tequila… and again at watermelon margaritas! I am trying this for my next business meeting (my business partner and I have a love for delicious cocktails and especially margaritas). We usually find a good bar or restaurant in town but this time Im making the drinks!

    Thanks for sharing and gorgeous shots too!

  6. says

    I made blackberry margaritas when blackberries were in season. I can't wait for watermelon!!!! And, I think peaches are being picked now. Peach' Ritas??????

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