Preserving Week: Watermelon-Infused Tequila

All weekend I preserved things. I was in the kitchen a lot. But not everything I preserved was canned. I also infused and froze.

We utilize a lot of different preservation methods at our house. Consequently our chest freezer is full, as are our cabinets and refrigerator.

I will start with the best preservation of the weekend: watermelon-infused tequila. I love fresh watermelon, but when you buy a big melon (and we did) you need to find something to do with it all before it goes bad.

I chose tequila forĀ  this watermelon because watermelon margaritas sound fantastic. And they are.

All you need for this (initially) is a bottle of decent tequila and 1/2 of a large watermelon (or 1 whole small melon).

Hello, watermelon. I’d like you to meet my friend, Jose…

Just cut the watermelon into chunks, and put those chunks into a large jar or glass pitcher.

Then add the tequila…

and cover the top of the pitcher. Let this sit from 2 days to a week. And then, make this:

Watermelon-Tequila Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 3-5 oz. watermelon tequila
  • 2 oz. triple sec
  • 5 oz. lime juice
  • 3 oz. sweetened lime juice or simple syrup

Pour all of this into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, then pour into a glass. Top with an infused watermelon slice.

I’m not a fan of salt on my margaritas, but you may certainly add it. I didn’t want to go overboard with the watermelon, so I chose a traditional recipe and just subbed the tequila. You could use pureed watermelon in place of the lime juice if you want a super-watermelony drink.

You can also pour everything into a blender and make a frozen concoction!

 

Make the tequila tonight and it should be ready for your weekend!

The Wife

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