Margarita Mondays

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On Mondays, Dad goes bowling.  Well, at least in the fall and winter he does.  (Spring and summer, it becomes golf on Tuesdays, which is a whole other story.)

So for (mumblemumble) years now, when Dad goes bowling, Mom and I meet up for Monday night dinner.  My sister joins us when she can, but since she has the most packed schedule of any person I’ve ever met, most of the time it’s just me and Mom.

Until pretty recently, Monday night dinner was always Margarita Mondays.  Don’t get me wrong, we still do dinner almost every Monday in bowling season, but we realized that the chips and margaritas were a lot of (really tasty) calories that we just don’t need.  So,we mix it up with some healthier options.  The chips and margaritas still happen, but now it’s probably closer to once a month then once a week.

I am, however, a little sad that today isn’t a Margarita Monday with Mom, and here’s why.    First, today is Mom’s birthday, and talking to her on the phone is nice but not the same.  (Happy Birthday, Mom!)  Obviously Mom’s birthday always falls on Cinco de Mayo, but this year it’s also a Monday – margaritas just seem right!

In honor of Mom’s Cinco de Mayo birthday, here’s a recipe for Watermelon Margaritas that I came up with a couple weeks ago.  Enjoy!

It started when I was digging through my freezer to see what was left from last year’s CSA, and I realized that had two big bags of pureed and frozen yellow watermelon.

Frozen watermelon + tequila = watermelon margaritas, of course!

When I was overrun with watermelon last summer – three at one time! – I took the two yellow watermelons that I couldn’t eat fast enough, pureed them in the blender, poured them into ice cube trays and froze them as cubes.  Once the cubes were frozen, I transferred them to baggies.

20140405_153005For my Watermelon Margaritas, I put 8 cubes of frozen, pureed watermelon in a blender with a shot of tequila, a splash of orange liqueur (Cointreau), the juice of half a lime and about a spoonful of local honey, just to tone down the tartness. I approximated the amounts in the recipe at the end, but the amount of alcohol seemed to increase each time I made one.  I have no idea *hiccup* how that happened.

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This is a totally unnecessary picture just because I wanted to show off my shot glass from the Star Trek Experience in Vegas!

This is a totally unnecessary picture just because I wanted to show off my shot glass from Star Trek: The Experience in Vegas!

I ran the blender until it was smooth, and it was just enough to perfectly fill a margarita glass.  I tossed on the lime garnish just for prettiness.

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Watermelon Margarita (serves 1)

  • 8 cubes of frozen watermelon (to make, puree fresh watermelon in a blender, pour into ice cube trays and freeze)
  • 1 shot of tequila (about 1 1/2 ounces)
  • a splash of orange liqueur (I used Cointreau – maybe a 1/2 ounce?)
  • the juice of half a lime
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Put all ingredient in blender and blend until smooth.  Garnish with slice of lime, if desired.

Any other good recipes for using CSA goodies in cocktails?  Or delicious margarita recipes you’d like to share?