After the 4th of July celebrations earlier in the week we thought it would be best to create something “healthy” and refreshing to help our bodies recover. The cocktail today concentrates on the flavors of fresh fruit to trick your body into forgetting about the awesome booziness inside. The watermelon is so refreshing; it also pairs extremely well with the tequila, while not completely overpowering the delicious earthy tones found in the Añejo we used.
Keeping with the tequila base we opted for basil simple syrup as a sweetener, which adds additional earthy flavors and accentuates the Añejo further. To make sure the cocktail didn’t turn out too sweet we also included an ounce of lime juice. The watermelon was cut up and blended, then fine-strained before we added it to the shaker with the lime juice, basil simple syrup and tequila. Once the ingredients were shaken to dilute and chill, we poured the drink into a salt-rimmed glass and garnished it with a sprig of basil.
Recipe: Watermelon and Basil Margarita
- 1.5 ounces of tequila
- 1 ounce of lime juice
- 2 ounces of watermelon juice
- ½ ounce basil simple syrup* (recipe below)
- 1 cup of ice
- Fill a shaker with tequila, lime juice, watermelon juice, basil simple syrup, and ice
- Rim the glass with salt
- Shake mixture then pour into serving glass
- Garnish with a sprig of basil
*Basil Simple Syrup Recipe: Mint Syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup packed fresh basil leaves
- Combine sugar, water, and basil in a sauce pan
- Heat mixture until sugar is dissolved
- Cool mixture then strain into a jar, cover and refrigerate up to two weeks.
Yields: 1 serving