Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Watermelon-Tequila Cocktails...

Can we please discuss the amazingness of this cocktail... I mean really, how can you not make this on the 4th?!? I will be sipping this cocktail and pretending Bobby Flay made it for me, not only made it for me- but is sitting next to me enjoying it as well! Bobby Flay, I love you!

Ingredients
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
8 cups diced seedless watermelon (1 pound)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 3/4 cups blueberries
3/4 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves, plus 8 sprigs for garnish
1 1/4 cups silver tequila
Ice

Directions
1.In a small saucepan, bring the water to a simmer with the sugar and stir over moderate heat until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute; let the sugar syrup cool.

2.In a blender, puree the watermelon until smooth. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl and strain the watermelon juice, pressing gently on the solids to extract as much juice as possible. Discard the pulp.

3.In a large pitcher, combine the sugar syrup with the lime juice, blueberries and mint leaves. Using a wooden spoon, lightly muddle the blueberries and mint. Add the watermelon juice and tequila. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.

4.Pour the cocktail into tall ice-filled glasses. Garnish with the mint sprigs and serve.

Courtesy of Food & Wine AND my chef CRUSH... Bobby Flay!

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