When people asl me what my favorite cocktail is it’s a tough question to answer. The margarita is definitely in my top 5 and the reason is because you can change it up so many different ways by adding fresh herbs and fruits.
In the heat of summer I find that there are two ingredients that are the most refreshing and cooling. Watermelon and cucumber. So why not combine them for the ultimate refreshing margarita?
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How to make a classic margarita
The perfect classic margarita is a very simple drink with just four ingredients:
Triple sec or orange liqueur
Fresh lime juice (yes it needs to be fresh!)
Agave or simple syrup
Most margarita mixes complicate things with artificial ingredients and too much sugar. If you use these simple ingredients you will have the perfect margarita every time.
What is muddling?
Muddling is a technique that allows you to release the oils and juices of fruits and herbs to add flavor. Always start by gently muddling your ingredients first in the bottom of your cocktail shaker.
Looking for a muddler? Try this one from Viski. If you don’t have one handy you can use the bottom of a large utensil like a wooden spoon. However be aware that some fruits may stain the wood. This is a fast and easy way to create watermelon juice for a drink and this method can be used to make watermelon mocktails as well.
What kind of shaker to use
I always recommend a good Boston style shaker but I also really like these convenient mason jar shaker lids.
How to garnish your drink
This is always a matter of preference. Some people prefer a sugar rim instead of salt with fruity margaritas. A simple trick to salt or sugar your glass is to take a lime wedge and run it over the rim of the glass. Then gently place the top of the glass onto a plate full of your salt or sugar. No need to get messy syrups involved.
I also dressed this drink up with a cucumber ribbon and a watermelon ball. Cucumber ribbons are easy to make by using a really good peeler like this one to get a thin slice of cucumber. Then fold your cucumber slice accordion style and pierce with a cocktail pick. Simple and pretty!
Make it a mocktail
You might not think that you can make a margarita into a mocktail. Tequila is pretty essential for any margarita. However I have really been enjoying a tequila alternative by Ritual Proof. It’s a non alcoholic spirit and tastes like tequila just without the alcohol or the calories. A great option if you want to enjoy a tasty margarita without the alcohol. And the best part is you can just order it on amazon here.
Watermelon Cucumber Margarita
- 1.5 oz tequila
- 1/2 oz triple sec
- 1/2 oz agave syrup
- 1 oz lime juice
- 1/4 cup watermelon chunks
- 3-5 slices of a cucumber
- Add watermelon and cucumbers to a shaker and middle to release juices. Add all other ingredients and ice. Shake and strain into a glass with ice.
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