Spicy Watermelon, Lime & Tequila Slushy
At last, we’ve found something to do with leftover watermelon. It’s a blended margarita-like cocktail made with fresh watermelon and lime juice instead of a bottle of mix.
We freeze chunks of watermelon on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer, so that they don’t form giant, unworkable icebergs. And then we whirl them up with simple syrup, tequila, lime and a small amount of jalapeño pepper. The result is a slushy that looks an awful lot like a Misty, but tastes ever so much more sophisticated — it’s fruity sweet and delightfully tart with a lightly spicy jalapeño finish.
Where is that tequila? It’s in there, adding to the heat, but you’d never know it. Blanco tequila is sly like that — you’ve been warned!
3½ cups watermelon pieces, frozen; plus wedges for serving
6 ounces tequila blanco
4 ounces simple syrup
2 ounces fresh lime juice
1 ½-inch thick jalapeño slice with seeds; plus sliced jalapeño for serving
3 cups ice
- Purée watermelon, tequila, simple syrup, lime juice, jalapeño slices and 3 cups of ice in a blender until smooth and very thick (mixture will loosen immediately once poured).
- Divide among glasses and garnish with watermelon wedges and jalapeño slices.
Recipe source: Bon Appétit