September 19, 2023
Seasonal eating is always preferred, but I confess a fondness for watermelon all year long. Watermelon (and its juice) is available perennially at most grocery stores. The bright pink elixir of juice, mixed into cocktails or mocktails, brings fond memories of balmy summertime.Personally, I am thrilled to say goodbye to summer. If I want a taste, I can always make this Watermelon Tequila Cocktail or one made in months past with local moonshine. I’m looking forward to soups, stews and braises. Autumn cooking is comfort in a pot.
To make this a mocktail, substitute one tablespoon honey for the elderflower liqueur and use seltzer instead of tequila. Add more fresh lime juice for a citrus explosion.
Friends recently introduced me to elderflower liqueur. It’s fruity without excessive sweetness and it marries well with all manner of spirits. They served the very popular Hugo, tart with lime and fragrant with mint. I was smitten. I vowed to craft a cocktail with St- Germain liqueur. And here it is.
Watermelon Tequila Cocktail
recipe by Michele Humlan, The Good Eats Company
makes one beverage and may be made in bulk
2 ounces watermelon juice
2 ounces gold tequila
1 ounce elderflower liqueur- I like St- Germain
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
optional : Tajin chile lime spice (or similar), watermelon garnish, limes
Have all liquid ingredients well chilled if possible. Mix all together and serve either over ice or after shaking with ice and straining. If desired, wet rim of drinking glass with lime and press rim into shallow saucer filled with Tajin spice for a nice kick. Garmish with wedge of fresh watermelon or thin slice of lime.