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watermelon-basil margaritas

readers, i’d like you to meet my new favorite summer cocktail. summer cocktail, meet my readers. now that introductions are out of the way, let’s talk about this drink! it is simply amazing + couldn’t be more summery, between the ripe, sweet watermelon + the locally grown (our own yard, in fact) basil. you might wonder, do watermelon, basil, tequila, + triple sec really work well together? well, the answer is YES.

in addition to being a glass of summery deliciousness, this recipe also gets bonus points for being gorgeous, quick + easy to make. you can easily double or triple the recipe for a big party – i could definitely see this being the signature cocktail at our next group cookout! in short, i highly recommend that you drop what you’re doing, + go get the ingredients to make this amazing watermelon-basil margarita. we all know that tuesdays are made infinitely better with the addition of a delicious cocktail!

watermelon-basil margaritas with frozen watermelon cubes

makes about 6 cocktails, adapted from martha stewart

ingredients

7 1/2 pounds seedless watermelon, rind removed, fruit cut into 1-inch cubes
4 teaspoons superfine sugar
6 ounces silver tequila
24 basil leaves plus sprigs for garnish
3 ounces triple sec
6 cups small ice cubes

directions

place 24 watermelon cubes on a baking sheet lined with parchment. cover, + freeze at least 1 hour (up to 2 days).

puree remaining watermelon + the sugar in a blender until smooth. pass through a sieve lined with cheesecloth into a bowl. (you should have 3 cups.)

place tequila + basil in a glass pitcher, + crush with a wooden spoon. stir in watermelon juice + triple sec.

place watermelon cubes in glasses. using a cocktail shaker, mix 3/4 cup margarita with 1 cup ice. strain into a glass. repeat. serve garnished with basil.