I shared these glasses of magic last week on my Nom channel. That magical place where I get to cook live and answer questions and wait 15 awkward minutes for my oil to heat up for doughnuts because I use a portable burner so you don’t have too much opportunity to check out my ass with my back turned to the camera at my actual stovetop.
I’d have to charge for that.
I think the greatest thing about these besides the fact there’s a shot+ of tequila in them is that they’re incredibly easy to make. The idea of juicing a watermelon sounds like me trying to fit into last summers swim trunks but trust and believe it takes all of about 15 min of hands on time, a blender, and a strainer.
No juicer, no need to go out and buy some bullshit watermelon water, and you can use whatever the hell melon you want. I saw something called a Santa Claus Melon in the store. Does that sound like something I want to eat? No. But the opportunity’s there!
The idea of the mint is sort of a play on the popular mint and melon salad that was popular a while ago, that’s still delicious no matter how long ago it happened. The other thing about mint is that it’s one of my favorite flavors to mix with tequila. +10 points on the refresh scale. Perfect for the summer, perfect for the day drinking.
Mint & Melon Margaritas
Yields vary on your melons*
For the Melon Juice:
Whatever melons you want for the drink
For the actual margarita:
6 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
6 oz. melon juice, preferrably very cold
1.5 oz – 2 oz silver tequila
juice of half a lime, plus more limes for garnish, salting the rim
agave, optional for a sweeter drink
salt for the rim, I use coarse kosher salt
*I found watermelons yield the most juice while the cantaloupe yielded the least.
1 personal watermelon will yield a few drinks, 1 cantaloupe will yield 1-2
To make the melon juice, prep the watermelon by cutting it into chunks (I show you how I do it quickly in the nom video) then fill up your blender about halfway with the melon chunks and a splash of water. Blend on high for about 15 seconds until the mixture is smooth and strain into a large container. Depending on the melon it’ll take a couple minutes for the juice to strain, and it helps if you sort of stir the pulp in the strainer a few times.
To make the drink you can use either a shaker for a margarita glass or just in a highball glass, you just need a sturdy vessel for muddling the mint.
Use a wedge of lime to wet the rim of the glass then dip that into a small plate of salt. Gently tap the glass to shake any loose salt and set aside.
Muddle the mint, add everything else, stir, and add ice cubes (or shake with 5-6 ice cubes in a shaker and strain out over ice)
Garnish with a mini mint tree, or a lime slice, drink, repeat.