I’m super excited right now…
After the past few months of following all my favourite foodie bloggers skipping their way through tantalising and refreshing spring and summer recipes, it’s my turn.
Yep, I’ve been sitting in my cold and rainy little box (Okay maybe winter in Sydney isnt toooo bad) pining away over crisp cool, drinks, refreshing salads and smokey summer grills.
But, after two September weekends of sunshine and warmth, I think it’s safe to stick the head out and say Spring has indeed sprung!
Tomatoes and beans are in, cucumbers are growing, strawberries are flowering.
And we can once again spend a lazy afternoon sitting on our back deck, taking in our bushy surrounds, enjoying an “adult lemonade” as I like to call it.
So in celebration, here’s the first one of the season. Watermelon, Lime, Ginger. It screams of Summer Zinginess!
Enjoy – in moderation or close to home!
- 3 cups fresh seedless watermelon, cut into small chunks
- 2 tsp lime zest
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice – approximately 2 whole limes
- 4 oz. white tequila
- 2 oz. triple sec
- ginger simple syrup, to taste
- small watermelon wedges, for garnish (optional)
- Sprigs of Mint, for garnish
- 3 tbsp coarse Himalayan sea salt, crushed
- 1 tbsp red chili powder (optional)
- To line the rim of the margarita or martini glasses, grind some coarse Himalayan salt in a coffee grinder or blender. (It will get dusty). Add the ground salt and chili pepper (if desired) to a shallow plate. Then, moisten the outside rim of each glass with a piece of fruit. Turn the glass at a 45-degree angle and roll it around in the salt or salt mixture on the plate.
- Use a damp paper towel to tidy up the bottom edge so you have a nice line. Adding the salt to the outer edge only will prevent it from getting into your drink and affecting its taste.
- To make the ginger simple syrup, add 1 cup water and 1 cup white sugar to a medium saucepan. Peel a 3” piece of fresh ginger and chop into small pieces before adding the pan. The smaller you cut each piece, the more surface area you will expose to the boiling sugar mixture. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Place all ingredients except the simple syrup into a blender. Blend on high until pulverized. Pour into a small testing glass to taste. Adjust ingredients to balance the flavors to your liking. If needed, drizzle some simple syrup into the blender and blend until you reach the desired sweetness.
- Pour into prepared glasses and serve immediately.