It is watermelon season here in Mexico so lets make a Spiced Watermelon Margarita. Actually it seems to me that it is always watermelon season here in Mexico. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t see a pickup parked along side the road selling watermelons.
You can use other fruits in place of the watermelon as the seasons change in your area. Of course, in the name or research you will always want to make a small batch to try before you offer this to friends. Perhaps on movie night you could make a pitcher and then find something on netflix and enjoy.
The flavors in this spiced watermelon margarita are a bit of a happy accident. Once you see how good ginger is in a drink you might be making ginger simple syrup for all your drinks. If you tried the Fresh Ginger and Lemongrass Lemonade we wrote about yesterday, you know what I mean. The taste of ginger gives us an interesting “twist” on a margarita. If you missed that recipe you can find it Here
- 3 cups fresh seedless watermelon, cut into small chunks
- 2 t. lime zest
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice – approximately 2 whole limes
- 4 oz. white tequila
- 2 oz. triple sec
- ginger simple syrup, to taste
- small watermelon wedges, for garnish (optional)
- For the Rim:
- 3 T. coarse Himalayan sea salt, crushed
- 1 T. red chili powder (optional)
- For Ginger Simple Syrup,
- Add 1 cup water and 1 cup white sugar to a medium saucepan.
- Peel a 3” piece of fresh ginger and chop into small pieces before adding the pan. The smaller you cut each piece, the more surface area you will expose to the boiling sugar mixture.
- Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat.
- Simmer for 30 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- To line the rim of the margarita glasses, grind some coarse Himalayan salt in a coffee grinder or blender. (It will get dusty).
- Add the ground salt and chili pepper (if desired) to a shallow plate.
- Moisten the outside rim of each glass with a piece of fruit.
- Turn the glass at a 45-degree angle and roll it around in the salt or salt mixture on the plate.
- Use a damp paper towel to tidy up the bottom edge so you have a nice line.
- Adding the salt to the outer edge only will prevent it from getting into your drink and affecting its taste.
- Place all ingredients except the simple syrup into a blender.
- Blend on high until pulverized.
- Pour into a small testing glass to taste.
- Adjust ingredients to balance the flavors to your liking. If needed, drizzle some simple syrup into the blender and blend until you reach the desired sweetness.
- Pour into prepared margarita glasses and serve immediately.
When I make the Ginger simple syrup I use only half the sugar because most of the time the fruit has enough natural sugar already.For a Spiced Watermelon Margarita it can be hard to judge because there is so much difference in the flavor between watermelons..Just try one and adjust, you can always add more syrup.
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