I was part of a group dinner earlier this week. Given the heat, I really didn’t want to be in my kitchen, so I took the easy way out and bought a small, seedless watermelon to take to the gathering. I wasn’t the only person to have this idea which means I came home with some leftover melon. I figured I’d be more likely to get through it if I juiced some of it for a beverage over the next couple of days. It still meant I took a fair amount of it in my lunch for “normal” eating.
I used my smoothie/mini blender to pulverize the watermelon. I could have left it a bit pulpy, but I did make the effort to strain it through a small hand sieve. I pushed the liquid through and scraped off the bottom of the sieve to capture all of the yummy goodness. When I was done, I had about half of a quart jar full of watermelon “juice.” I put it in the fridge and nearly forgot about it. This was Tuesday night.
Last night I was getting ready to pour my usual diet soda when I spotted the watermelon juice. I knew it couldn’t be good for too much longer so I decided to improvise myself a watermelon margarita.
For about a pint of watermelon juice, I added:
- 1 shot of tequila
- 1/2 shot of cointreau (orange liqueur)
- juice of one whole lime
- 1/2 shot of maple syrup (easier than making simple syrup and dissolves better than agave)
I put the cap back on the jar, gave everything a good shake, and poured it over ice. I could have salted the rim of the glass, but it didn’t seem important to me to take that step so I skipped it. It was not too alcohol-y and the watermelon was pretty refreshing at the end of a hot day.