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Categories: Beverages, Dinner for Two, Supper, Cocktail Party, Dinner Party, Posted on September 8, 2023 by Sandy Bergsten

Summer 2023 has had undeniable highs and a few rocky lows. Rather than lift a half-glass of rosé and whine, let me share a libation that has allowed me to toast the bounty of this summer season.

This watermelon margarita is perfectly balanced- slightly sweet, just enough acid, and a smokey kick mezcal instead of tequila. The pureed fresh watermelon gives it a silky freshness that’s certain to transport anyone to higher ground.

Earlier this summer it was the cocktail of choice when I was out in Utah helping to care for my newest grandson and his sweet mama.

Cubed fresh watermelon from the grocery store makes prep a breeze. Puree about a cup and half until smooth, don’t strain as the pulp yields a delightful consistency to this drink.

In a large measuring cup combine six ounces pureed fresh watermelon juice, two ounces Mezcal, two ounces Cointreau, and two ounces freshly squeezed lime juice, save the rinds for rimming the glasses.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the watermelon juice, Mezcal, Cointreau, lime juice along with two jalapeño slices. Shake well to combine.

For the salted rim, combine a tablespoon sea salt with one teaspoon Tajín in a small shallow bowl or plate. Using one of the reserved lime rinds run it along the rim of two rocks glasses. Dip the rims into the salt mixture. Fill the glasses with ice.

Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously, then strain the margaritas into the prepared glasses. As a garnish cut a little slit into two jalapeño rounds and place one on each glass.

Enjoy these immediately. And while you do, take a moment to savor all the blessings that abound…

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