For Your Gray Day Blues

The beginning of summer is always a bit rainy & gray in Atlanta. I really don’t mind it, especially since by the end of summer we’re usually praying for rain or some clouds. Sometimes though it’s nice to brighten up a gloomy week. Cue beau’s grocery haul of summer fruit. I’m not really a fan of watermelon, it’s a texture thing, but beau loves it. So when he asked for a margarita with muddled watermelon in it, I was definitely intrigued.

This margarita is summery & tart, with just the right amount of sweet. I took a key from my friend, Keyatta , who made her own delicious watermelon margarita recently. Keyatta’s version used a watermelon shrub & while I don’t have any shrubs on hand, I did want to make sure my cocktail had just as much depth.

I’d love to know if you give it try. I hope you enjoy this one as much as we did!

WATERMELON MARGARITA

2 oz silver tequila

1 oz fresh lime juice

½ oz orange liqueur

2 chunks watermelon

Pinch of salt

5-6 d 18.21 Japanese Chili Lime bitters

In shaker muddle lime juice, watermelon chunks, salt, & orange liqueur. Muddle til melon is mushy. Add tequila & ice cubes. Shake hard til the mixture is frothy. Place a large cube (or ice to your preference) & the bitters in your rocks glass. Strain* the mixture into your rocks glass & enjoy!

*I found that a julep strainer caught the melon seeds & mush better

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