Happy Hour: An Unexpected Combination
Aug 6, 2010
I don’t know why, but I really like this dress. It’s not a dress that I would normally choose, but sometimes it’s nice to try something different–like a cocktail with watermelon and basil. Not a combination that you would usually think of, but it’s refreshingly delicious.
7 1/2 pounds seedless watermelon, rind removed, fruit cut into 1-inch cubes
4 teaspoons superfine sugar
6 ounces (3/4 cup) silver tequila
24 basil leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
3 ounces (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) triple sec
6 cups small ice cubes
Place 24 watermelon cubes on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Cover, and freeze at least 1 hour.
Puree remaining watermelon and the sugar in a blender until smooth. Pass through a sieve lined with cheesecloth into a bowl. (You should have 3 cups.)
Place tequila and basil in a glass pitcher, and crush with a wooden spoon. Stir in watermelon juice and triple sec.
Place watermelon cubes in glasses. Using a cocktail shaker, mix 3/4 cup margarita with 1 cup ice. Strain into a glass. Repeat. Serve garnished with basil.