Note: This is one of a series of guest posts I’ll be hosting over the next few weeks to spice up Cocktail Thursday. Today’s guest promised a creative margarita, and boy does she deliver! My mouth is watering just thinking about the spicy-sweet goodness of these babies. Please welcome Emily Teachout of A Time to Kale, and read on for a margarita recipe I just can’t wait to try out. Hop on over and check out her site, too — it has tons of great healthy recipes and restaurant reviews for your perusing pleasure. Emily is also a regular contributor for Endless Simmer, and you can follow her on Twitter (@emilyteachout). Cheers!
No fruit screams “summertime!” like watermelon. To me, it’s the highlight of every picnic, barbecue, and cookout — sweet, refreshing, and such a cheerful color! I’ve loved it ever since childhood, but as an adult, watermelon holds yet another perk: it’s so easy to combine with booze!
Watermelon’s texture is perfect for a frozen drink, and of course the ultimate frozen drink is the margarita… basically they were meant to be together. You really don’t need more than watermelon, tequila, limes, and maybe a bit of extra sweetener to make a good marg, but I like to make things a bit more interesting by adding a kick. I’ve had really interesting spicy cocktails in the past, but sometimes people can take it overboard by adding too much habanero, jalapeno, etc. You want a good balance of fruity and spicy, not an overwhelming tongue-searer.
That’s why I went with chipotle instead of one of the aforementioned peppers – it’s slightly smoky and sweet and works well with the watermelon and lime. It still packs a good amount of punch, so don’t get overzealous. I recommend starting with two teaspoons for the whole batch, then adding more bit by bit if you’re craving more of a punch.
I had planned on making a batch of these bad boys in the blender, like any good frozen marg, but disaster struck when my blender died on me during the creation of this recipe! I had to go with Plan B: using an immersion blender and serving the drinks over ice. Sigh. Luckily, there’s a silver lining: the frothy watermelon mixture looks gorgeous served over crushed ice. I included both “methods” in the recipe below.
- ½ small or “personal” watermelon, cut into small chunks
- fresh juice of 2 limes
- 6oz silver tequila
- 2 tsp chipotle sauce (from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce)
- agave nectar (as much as you like!)
- Now, if you’re a fancy, highfalutin person with a working blender, you can make these margs the way I had originally intended. Combine the watermelon chunks and lime with about a cup of ice in your blender, then pulse until evenly ground together, but before everything is liquefied.
- Add your tequila, chipotle, and a healthy squeeze of agave and pulse together a few more times.
- Pour into your drinkin’ glass of choice and garnish with a wedge of lime.
- Or, if you find yourself in the same desolate situation as I did – no working stand-up blender to be found – feel free to dump all ingredients (sans ice) into a big bowl and work on it segment by segment with your immersion blender. Classy, I know.
- Once everything is blended to your liking, pour the cocktail mixture over crushed ice and garnish with a wedge of lime.
Any way you blend it, this unique marg will turn out to be a refreshing yet caliente summer drink!