Well, it's hot. So try these watermelon tequila cocktails!


1/4 cup water

1/4 granulated sugar

8 cups diced seedless watermelon (1 pound)

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1 3/4 cups blueberries

3/4 cup lightly packed mint leaves plus 8 sprigs for garnish

1 1/4 cups tequila (*or however much you prefer!)



Step 1    

In a small saucepan, bring the water to a simmer with the sugar and stir over moderate heat until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute; let the sugar syrup cool.

Step 2    

In a blender, puree the watermelon until smooth. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl and strain the watermelon juice, pressing gently on the solids to extract as much juice as possible. Discard the pulp.

Step 3    

In a large pitcher, combine the sugar syrup with the lime juice, blueberries and mint leaves. Using a wooden spoon, lightly muddle the blueberries and mint. Add the watermelon juice and tequila. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.

Step 4    

Pour the cocktail into tall ice-filled glasses. Garnish with the mint sprigs and serve.


courtesy of www.foodandwine.com