Lately I have a variety of recipes I really want to get up here, but just haven't had the time. Right now I'm relaxing after running a 10K race this morning and thinking these Watermelon Margarita's sound just about right. I made them the other night for our bimonthly girls dinner and was very very happy with them. Being a light and refreshing drink with a tasty watermelon flavor, I have to say I was impressed. I'm thinking these would be perfect mixed in a pitcher for a bbq, to be followed by something else, like oh, a cold beer. The recipe was found in an awesome cookbook my dad loaned me called Great Gatherings, which I'd really suggest picking up a copy of if you enjoy entertaining or just love good recipes. Each "chapter" features a famous chef and they put together a full menu for a themed affair, even suggesting music and wine pairings.
3/4 C. Sugar
3/4 C. Water
3 lbs watermelon with rind intact
1 1/2 C (12 oz) fresh lime juice
Crushed ice or ice cubes
6 shots (9 oz) tequila
To make the simple syrup, in a saucepan, combine the sugar and water and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and then cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes, or until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
Cut off and discard the rind from the watermelon. Cut the flesh into chunks, removing as many of the seeds as you can. In a food processor or blender, process the watermelon chunks, in batches as necessary, to a smooth puree. Pass the puree through a fine-mesh sieve placed over a bowl. You should have about 3 cups of watermelon juice. Add the simple syrup and lime juice and stir well. Transfer to a pitcher and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 3 hours.
Just before serving, remove the watermelon-lime juice mixture from the refrigerator and stir well. Fill 6 tall glasses with ice and pour 1 shot of tequila in each. Serve immediately. Mmmm!