Watermelon Cilantro Margarita

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Watermelon Cilantro Margarita:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Silver (Blanco) Tequila
  • 1 slice of watermelon w/ rind removed (also cut a little slice for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh cilantro
  • Juice from 1 fresh lime
  • 1 teaspoon of agave nectar
  • Club soda
  • Margarita salt (I prefer no salt but it makes for a better photo!)
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Muddle watermelon, fresh cilantro and agave nectar in shaker glass.
  2. Add in tequila, lime juice and a scoop of ice into the shaker glass. Add top and shake well.
  3. Prep glass by rimming it with a lime wedge and dipping into salt.
  4. Pour mixture into glass. Top off with club soda.
  5. Garnish with small watermelon slice.

Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita

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Every summer muddled drinks are on the top of my must-have list. I love the pure freshness that you get when muddling fruits and herbs. Earlier this year when I was in Austin, Texas I discovered jalapeño tequila and instantly knew I had to try to make my own. Both of these things add up to be my summer drink mix: tequila + spicy + muddling =  the Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita. This drink recipe is the perfect balance of refreshing with just a kick of heat.

Jalapeno infused Tequila:

Ingredients:

  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 mason jar (I used a pint size)
  • Silver (Blanco) Tequila (enough to fill the jar)

Directions:

  1. Slice jalapeno and place in the jar.
  2. Pour and fill jar with tequila.
  3. Add lid and let it sit for 3-5 days in a cool/dark place. Once a day shake the jar.
  4. Strain out jalapeno slices/seeds and pour back into mason jar. I keep the jar in the fridge, it’s always good to have chilled tequila on hand.

Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Jalapeno Tequila
  • 5 thinly sliced pieces of cucumber (save one slice for garnish)
  • 2 oz of margarita mix. My favorite is Tres Agaves since it is organic and contains just lime juice and agave nectar. Or substitute with 1 oz fresh lime juice and 1 oz agave nectar.
  • 1 oz Triple Sec
  • 1 slice of jalapeno (for garnish)
  • Margarita salt (I prefer no salt but it makes for a better photo!)

Directions:

  1. Muddle 4 slices of cucumber in shaker glass until the juices are released. If you don’t have time to make the jalapeno infused tequila then add 4 slices of jalapeno to be muddled.
  2. Pour in remaining ingredients into the shaker with a scoop of ice. Add top and shake well.
  3. Prep glass by rimming it with a lime wedge and dipping into salt. Add 5 ice cubes.
  4. Pour mixture into glass. Garnish with cucumber and jalapeno slice.

Summer Entertaining: The Goods

Summer Entertaining Essentials
  1. Blue Mason Jars – I stocked up on the limited edition blue mason jars. These blue beauties have multi-uses as vases, drinking cups, infusing alcohol (see #8), etc.
  2. Drink Tub – The tub makes it easy for guests to serve themselves.
  3. Pitcher – I prefer this stainless steel pitcher over a glass one, never have to worry about it breaking.
  4. Large Wood Cutting Board – Another multi-use item in my kitchen. I recently bought one of these and have used it as a serving piece for appetizers, part of a bar setup and as a center piece on a table. 
  5. Ikat Bowls – Add a pop of color to the table with these bowls.
  6. Ice Cream Attachment – This KitchenAid attachment has been on my wish list for awhile now. I have a bunch of recipes saved for the day when I actually get one.
  7. Kraft Paper – If you haven’t noticed I like to use kraft paper a lot. It’s a inexpensive material with endless uses.
  8. Jalapeno Infused Tequila – I’m attempting to make my own version this weekend. I’ll post the recipe on the blog soon!
  9. Myspace – I’m still trying to figure out the new Myspace interface but still digging it. Here are the songs I have on repeat this summer.