I’m going to keep it short and simple today. It’s Friday, just a day before one of my favorite holidays, the 4th of July!!!
I’m looking forward to
- the fireworks (the best part!)
- the picnic I’m going to have in the park
- the delicious cucumber salad and veggie burgers I’m going to make
- and, the giggly tipsiness I will embrace 🙂
I’ve never shared a cocktail on Sweet Potato Soul. I am more of a wine person, but I’ll occasionally break out a bottle of liquor to use in a fancy drink. A friend recently gave me a bottle of mezcal, a smoky Mexican liquor made from the agave plant, and I’ve been dying to use it in something. To be honest, cocktails kind of intimidate me. Especially those made with mezcal or tequila. However, this simple mezcal watermelon margarita is 100% easy to make, and requires no special skills.
The smokiness of the mezcal with the sweetness of the watermelon is phenomenal! A couple of slices of spicy jalepeño pepper and a squeeze of lime balance the whole thing out. If you don’t drink alcohol, this cocktail is really yummy without it too. It’s Independence day approved, and perfect for all of summer!
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY GUYS!!
- 2 cups watermelon chunks
- juice of 1 lime + more to garnish and add to taste.
- 4 thin slices of jalepeño pepper, seeds removed
- 1-1½ cups plain seltzer water
- ½ cup mezcal
- Blend the watermelon chunks until it is a liquid.
- Strain the watermelon juice through a sieve or nut bag. Save the pulp and freeze it for watermelon ice cubes.
- Pour ¾ cup of watermelon juice into each glass over plenty of ice, followed by lime juice.
- Drop 2 slices of jalepeño into each glass, then top with ½ cup seltzer water.
- Finish with ¼ cup of mezcal in each glass.