Margarita of the Month: July

July 3, 2010

Margarita of the Month: July

With summer now in full swing, and the abundance of fresh fruit, let’s get fruity this month!

Earlier this year I had experimented with several recipes for Watermelon Margaritas, and when there was such a glut of strawberries recently I also researched some recipes with that popular berry… and one of the latter included basil…

No - not this Basil...

this Basil...

so, I decided to put all of them together and see what came out… and what we have is:

Strawberry/Watermelon Margarita with Basil

1 Cup Frozen Watermelon Cubes (see note below)

1 Cup Frozen Strawberry Cubes (see note below)

1/2 Cup Silver Tequila

2 Oz Cointreau (or other orange liqueur)

2 Oz Lime (or Lemon) Juice

2 Oz Simple Syrup

5 to 10 Fresh Basil Leaves

Put all in blender and, well, blend until smooth. If you’re unsure about the basil (but trust me here, it really works), start with just a little, and taste before serving, add more if you dare. You may want to add more syrup if the drink isn’t sweet enough for your taste.

Cheers!

Adding salt or sugar to the rim is up to your personal preference, but I like both with this drink, so try salt on half the rim and sugar on the other half and you get to go back and forth between both taste delights!

Note: I actually started with fresh watermelon and strawberry that I cut into small pieces and froze overnight. If you freeze the fruits you can come out with a nice slushy drink without having to add ice cubes (which also waters down the flavor). If you don’t have time or desire to freeze the fruit, you can just use the fresh watermelon and strawberries and add ice cubes to the blender if you want a frozen drink. Also you could simply blend all the ingredients and serve over ice, it will be just as tasty as the frozen version!

Drink up and enjoy these early days of summer! Back to the bar to start working on next month’s beverage!

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