Shannon and I love the Fourth of July and will be spending it together, with our families and close friends in Sonoma. Whenever we do these fun group getaways, the food menu and the cocktail choices are always a huge part of our pre-planning discussion. Our friends (and Shannon) are AMAZING cooks, so I won't get into the delicious menus that are planned for breakfast, lunch and dinner while we're away..(or maybe I will, but that will be another post)...but I will offer my favorite cocktail for this Holiday: The Watermelon Margarita.
Watermelon Margaritas are the perfect complement to a warm day by the pool, or a backyard BBQ and because they are not "traditional" margaritas, you will surely impress your friends. There are plenty of recipes out there that require you to "reduce" the juice and carve the fruit...blah, blah, blah....but all of that is too much work for a drink that is so delicious your friends' glasses will go empty at a rapid pace. So if you don't want sore arms from muddling, follow this simple recipe:
For a salted rim, dip the glass in a shallow plate with lime juice and then dip the glass in another shallow plate with salt.
Add ample ice ( I like mine extra cold), and fill the glass about 1/3 with blanco tequila ( I love Clase Azul).
Add the Watermelon Juice (I love the Watermelon Cucumber Cooler from Trader Joe's...low sugar and the cucumber is refreshing), and top with a splash of club soda and a squeeze of lime.
The result is refreshing, delicious and a patriotic take on the classic margarita.