With summer and Memorial Day upon us, one of the the first things that comes to mind is picnics. And when I think of picnics I think of watermelon.
I imagine myself reaching elbow-deep, arms stinging, into a washtub filled with block-ice, sodas and beer, and wrangling out a ice-cold watermelon, cutting a deep, rosy triangle of it and jamming a bottle of rum or vodka neck-deep into the plug, and after a few hours poolside, beachside or just plain hammock-time, removing the bottle and splitting the melon open to see what alchemy had occurred.
If you don’t have the time or a watermelon bobbing in a washtub out back, and maybe your picnic is shaping up as a table-for-two right there in your kitchen with what’s in the fridge, here’s something that might fill the bill with just a handful of diced watermelon from the supermarket, a few limes, some decent silver tequila and either some fresh herbs or chiles for garnish. It’s recipe I’ve tried, adapted from a NYT article I saw last summer.
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Mix three parts watermelon purée with one part silver tequila, Herradura is a favorite of many ,or any other good silver tequila would do, and ½ part fresh lime juice; serve over ice with a pinch of salt, a couple of slices of jalapeño . You can swap the jalapeño slices for a few mint leaves or a sprig of basil and I added a splash of Club Soda to give it a little fizz and pink it up a bit.
- In a large pitcher or bowl, stir together the watermelon purée, tequila and lime juice.
- To sweeten, adjust with agave nectar. You can also swap the jalepena slices for basil or mint leaves.
- To serve, pour into glasses over ice, top each glass with club soda, a pinch of sea salt and slices of jalapeño.
To make watermelon purée, put seedless chunks of watermelon in a blender and pulse, then push the purée through a mesh sieve to make it smoother.
Ingredients can be applied in the same proportions to make either