Friday, June 12, 2009

Weekend Cocktails - Frozen Watermelon Margaritas

Frozen chunks of watermelon stand in for ice cubes for this delightful frozen watermelon margarita. For a strawberry margarita, swap out the watermelon for frozen strawberries.
Frozen chunks of watermelon stand in for ice cubes for this delightful frozen watermelon margarita. For a strawberry margarita, swap out the watermelon for frozen strawberries.

Frozen Watermelon Margaritas's the weekend and 5 o'clock somewhere. Oh, wait. It's 5 o'clock here!!

Remember those watermelon rind pickles from the other day? Well, if you don't feel like foolin' around with the sticky mess from eating that watermelon, here's a very adult way to use up that pulp. Just lay chunks of watermelon on a baking sheet and freeze them for several hours until firm, or overnight.

Then use them like you would ice cubes in any frozen margarita. In the summer I buy a seedless watermelon specifically to chunk up and keep in the freezer. Once you flash freeze them you stick them in a freezer bag and can have a frozen margarita anytime!

If you like margaritas and you like watermelon, you will love these ... they are so good. By the way... substitute fresh frozen strawberries for the frozen watermelon here, and voila ... Frozen Strawberry Margaritas!

Here's how to make them.

Recipe: Frozen Watermelon Margaritas

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min | Yield: 2 servings

  • 3 cups of frozen, chopped watermelon
  • 1/2 cup of silver tequila
  • 1/4 cup Triple Sec
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Kosher salt, to rim the glasses
  • Watermelon wedges, optional for garnish

Cut up the flesh of a watermelon into rough chunks. Spray a jelly roll pan lightly with non-stick spray and spread the watermelon chunks in a single layer on the pan. Freeze for several hours or overnight. Remove 3 cups of chunks and reserve remaining watermelon in a freezer bag until needed. If using strawberries, clean them and freeze them whole in the same manner. Rinse before putting in the blender.

In the pitcher of your blender, add the tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, frozen watermelon or frozen strawberries and sugar, in that order. Pulse the blender to begin to break down the frozen fruit, then whip until blended.

Invert the margarita glass into a shallow bowl of water just to wet the rim, then into a plate of kosher salt to salt the rim. For strawberry, use a mixture of salt and sugar to rim the glass. Pour the margarita mixture into the glasses, taking care not to disturb the salt rim. Cut small wedges of watermelon or strawberries for garnish, cutting a slit into the side to perch the wedge on the rim of the glass.

Cook's Note: Garnish each serving with mini chocolate chips for a seed effect. May also substitute frozen strawberries.

Spicy Margarita: Use a jalapeno infused tequila, by slicing 2 large jalapenos into a quart jar and top with tequila. Shake well and set aside in a cool, dark area of your kitchen for 24 hours. Strain.

Watermelon Slushies: Omit Triple Sec and Tequila. Prepare as above with frozen watermelon, adding 1 cup of water, 1/4 cup each of fresh lemon and fresh lime juice, pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon of sugar, or to taste. Add additional water as needed to correct consistency.


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  1. I could use a few of those right now...spent the day out junkin with my sister...literally a pile of some really neat stuff to overhaul into something fantastic!

  2. I'll bet you did and let me tell ya - this would hit the spot my friend! I was in and out all day and it was so hot, heat index was close to 100 so it was hard to stay out more than a few minutes at a time. I had grasshoppers eating some of my cannas out front so I sprayed this evening and even then I got overheated and came in all red faced! I don't have a drink very often, just every once in awhile, but one of these sure hit the spot & cooled me down tonight, I gotta tell ya. They are really refreshing, but 2 is gonna be about the limit and that's if you're staying in LOL!

    Did you dumpster dive?? People around here would think I was nuts doing that but in big cities in the states they find some amazing stuff. Now some folks dive for food - I don't know if I could go there just because the trash cans are so, well, yucky. I know the food is good, but can you imagine the germs in the trash can??? UGH!

    Can't wait to see what you overhaul!!

  3. OOOOOHHHH, these watermelon margaritas are SHOUTING my name, they look so darned delicious!

  4. Yummy! This looks delicious. I'm going to print this out and give it a try this weekend. -Jackie

  5. These look terrific and they'd really hit the spot around dinner time tonight. Your photos are wonderful.

  6. Donna, Jackie & Mary they are so good and refreshing - now run and go get that watermelon in the freezer real quick like! Enjoy!

    Mary, I'm no photographer but I thought I would have a little "fun" with this one LOL! Thanks!

  7. I saw another blogger made watermelon ritas the other day. Must be the season ;) I can't have the slushy margaritas, they give me big time brain freeze! OUCH! So when I have them they're on the rocks. Maybe the frozen watermelon chunks wouldn't be as cold as ice though.

  8. Hey Karen! Yeah that was Heather over at girlichef - that happens a lot with food bloggers I've found. It's like we're on the same wavelength some days. Me and another southern food blogger do that all the time - sometimes I'm sure she must think I'm doing it on purpose but I would never do that!! Heather was participating in a watermelon meme or something - she and I posted within a few hours of each other... and neither of us had any idea till later! Funny!

    Anyway, I totally understand the ice cream headache too but you know I was so overheated when I drank these that they were nothing but refreshing. The alcohol doesn't let them stay thick long anyway. I tell ya, they sure are good.

  9. these look fabulous! I'm going to have to try them!

  10. This is seriously the best sounding margarita I have ever heard of! Bookmarked! :)

  11. Freezing the watermelon is a great idea, then you aren't diluting the drinks with too much ice. Well Done on the instructions!

  12. Hi Cocktails! Nope. No ice used at all, so it's just right!! Thanks for stopping by.

  13. Going to try these this weekend. Had a 1/2 a watermelon left over from when the grandkids were here. I had put in the freezer. Now I know what I can do with it.

  14. Got a big ol' seeded watermelon sitting here - had to buy this kind for a thicker rind. Don't suppose an old Mississippi girl has any tricks to remove watermelon seeds fast? I figure on using the meat closest to the rind. Need one of the gadgets that takes seeds out of tomatoes for canning juice. Oh, but then I can't make the watermelon ice cubes. Hmmm...Ice trays!
    Mary, does anyone ever make watermelon jelly from just the juice? Or watermelon pancake syrup?

    1. Ha! The only way is to pop them out I reckon!! As to the jelly or syrup, I'm guessing somebody has but I have not. Yet! :)


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