Even though I used a mini watermelon for this salad, I had a TON left over. Coming up with a way to use up the extra wasn’t too difficult… when in doubt, margarita!. The very best part of these margs was the sweet, salty and spicy mix that I used to rim the glasses. The combination of sugar, kosher salt, and cayenne pepper was amazing. Every little taste was like a party for your taste buds. The rim paired amazingly with the watermelon in the drink. Just when the spice of the cayenne kicked in, the watermelon was there to cool everything down. This is a perfectly refreshing summertime drink.
Watermelon Margaritas with Sweet & Spicy Rims
For the Rims:
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar (I recommend ‘raw’/chunky sugar)
For the Margaritas:
4 cups seedless/seeded watermelon
5 limes, 4 juiced for blender, 1 juiced for garnish
1 cup silver tequila
1/2 cup Triple Sec
In a shallow dish, combine the cayenne pepper, kosher salt, and sugar. In a second small plate, add the juice of one lime. Dip the rims of 4 margarita glasses in the lime juice, then coat them in the sweet and spicy mixture.
In a large blender, blend the watermelon, tequila, triple sec and ice. Blend until desired consistency is reached.
Divide the margarita between the 4 glasses and garnish each with a lime wedge.
This is one of those drinks/recipes (do drinks have recipes?) that I stumble across and got really excited about because it combines two of my favorite things (margaritas and something sparkling (champagne, water, prosecco, I’m not picky)), but then I get really disappointed in myself, because I didn’t think of it first… We have already established my lack of creativity earlier this week, so let’s just move on and talk about the booze.
Wait, before we talk about the booze, I have a public service announcement: Please don’t use real champagne in these. I know the name says ‘champagne’, but if you use real champagne in these you are really just wasting a lot of money and delicious champagne. You shouldn’t do that. If I wanted to be totally accurate these should be called ‘sparkling wine margaritas’, but that didn’t have the same ring to it. You should use prosecco or cava or real any sparkling wine. There is no need to be fancy here.
All that being said, these are delicious. Absolutely delicious. Extremely drinkable. Maybe a bit too drinkable.
The finely grated zest (colored part only) from 1 lime
1 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup Cointreau
1 cup 100% agave silver tequila
Superfine sugar, if needed for adding sweetness
A half lime for moistening the glass rims
Coarse (kosher) salt
1 bottle chilled brut Champagne or other sparkling wine
In a pitcher, combine the lime zest, lime juice, Cointreau, tequila and sugar if you are using it. Cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour).
Just before serving, strain the mixture to remove the zest, and pour enough salt into a saucer to cover the bottom. Rub a lime half over the rim of each champagne glass and upend into the salt to crust it lightly. Pour about 3 ounces (about 1/3 cup) of the tequila mixture into each glass, fill the rest of the way with Champagne or sparkling wine and hand to one of your lucky guests.
The first time I had a spicy margarita was this past New Year’s Eve. New Year’s was a bust, but at least I got to know this delightful little drink.
After reading the Sugar House’s basic ingredients, I knew it would be best to adjust them to my own taste, which meant a lot more lime and a splash more juice to balance the extra tang just a smidge. I personally thought 3 jalapeno slices was perfect, but some of my drinking companions did not agree. I’ve got a bit more of an adventurous palate and I love spice and I love tangy, so I just went for it. The drink is not overwhelmingly sweet, which is good in my book, and if you have a super fresh watermelon, you definitely won’t need any extra agave unless you like sweet. I found that with each sip, you taste three primary flavors at three different times. First the tangy lime, then the cool watermelon and then the spice sneaks up. It was amazing.
Even if jalapeno isn’t your thing, I would still suggest trying it. It’s a very unique and refreshing drink and can easily be adjusted to taste.
A dash of Agave syrup
3 fresh jalapeno slices (seeded and cored unless you are really crazy)
Muddle jalapeno, juice and agave. Add alcohol and shake over ice. Double strain (pour from strainer through sieve, otherwise you will get jalapeno chucks in your marg!). Serve over ice and enjoy!