I set out to make these Watermelon Margaritas from the always-fabulous DeepSouthDish. I had my watermelon frozen. Limes in the fridge. There was tequila in the liquor cabinet and everything. Then I realized I was the only one here that day who likes tequila. Now a whole pitcher full of watermelon and tequila sounds appealing but I was afraid that, as he has been known to do, Mr. Cuervo would pretend to be my very best friend for a while before suddenly turning on me.
So I switched it up at the last minute and changed to vodka. I’m sure the tequila margarita version is fantastic. I’ll be making them this summer when there are others here to share them.
The peaches were a very last-minute addition. Although they’re not quite in season yet, I splurged that morning and bought a handful of ripe-looking, wonderful-smelling, expensive, imported peaches. Unfortunately, they didn’t survive the trip home. They got banged up and ripped open on the last leg of their very long journey from wherever they were grown to my kitchen and had to be
put out of their misery eaten immediately.
Don’t want the alcohol? This is also very good in the ‘virgin’ version and the kids loved it. No time to freeze the melon? We also made an on-the-rocks version with unfrozen watermelon that was pretty tasty too.
- Seedless Watermelon, several cups of frozen cubes
- Peaches, 2 or 3
- Limes, 3 or 4
- Simple Syrup, about 1/2 cup (You could probably use plain sugar instead of simple syrup. I keep a bottle of simple syrup handy because it’s already dissolved and sweetens quickly and uniformly.)
- Vodka, about a cup?
Cut a bunch of watermelon into chunks and freeze it several hours or overnight.
Juice the limes.
Fill the blender nearly full with watermelon.
Slice the peaches and drop them in.
Add the lime juice, simple syrup and vodka. Puree until it’s all smooth.
Pour it into pretty glasses. Garnish with a slice of lime and a chunk of watermelon.
These just scream Summer Weekend. They’re perfect to sip outside by the pool. Enjoy!