I'm making the most of the summer over here. Gearing up for a family vacation to the shore before the kiddo starts school again, and enjoying the very weird Brooklyn summer weather — none of the high temps and humidity we're used to in NYC.
It IS plenty hot enough, however, for a frozen cocktail, and I'm so stoked about this one. It's a pretty straight margarita recipe except I omitted the Cointreau or Triple Sec. You can add it in if you like it and have it around. I also added some ginger tea, because I love the combo of watermelon and ginger together, but you could absolutely omit it. The most important part is using frozen watermelon in lieu of any ice. It keeps the drink really juicy and flavorful and the texture is nice and thick from the fruit.
Frozen Ginger Watermelon Margarita
2 oz tequila (I used Espolon)
1 cup frozen cubed watermelon
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz ginger tea (recipe below).
To make ginger tea, cut a 3 inch piece of ginger into 1/8" slices. Boil in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes. Let cool and strain.
Cube watermelon, and put in the freezer overnight.
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend, and serve with a watermelon and lime garnish. You can spoon into the glasses or if you want to get a little fancy, put the mixture in a ziplock, cut off a corner, and pipe it in!
photography by Jason Roth