Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Tequila Sandía

It's the Fourth of July and nothing tastes better than an icy cool cocktail with friends and family. My Tequila Sandía is made with freshly juiced watermelon and is the perfect bev for the beach or just sitting pool-side. Unlike many mixed drinks out there, this baby has no added sugar and is low on the glycemic index as it's sweetened with agave nectar instead of simple syrup. Carlos and I made a couple of these last night as we watched some pre-Fourth of July fire works from our balcony. They were totally refreshing and I plan on mixing up a few more in T minus 10 minutes.

2 parts tequila (3 ounces, aka 2 shots)
1 part St-Germain liqueur (1.5 ounces, aka 1 shot)
10 ounces of freshly juiced watermelon
1 tablespoon of agave nectar
4 fresh basil leaves (2 leaves chopped, 2 left whole)
Makes about 16 ounces of Tequilla Sandía (give or take)
Using your juicer, juice 1 half of a watermelon. (You will probably have a lot of juice left over - perfect for later!). Once your watermelon is juiced, measure out 10 ounces of juice in a measuring glass. Fill two glasses about 1/4 high with crushed ice. Take your whole basil leaves and using a spoon or a straw muddle it down into the crushed ice. Fill a cocktail shaker with about a handful or two of ice. Pour in your tequila of choice, St-Germain, 10 ounces of watermelon juice and agave nectar. Shake! Shake! Shake! Pour over crushed ice and garnish with chopped basil leaves.

Happy Fourth of July!

- J

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