One of Ms. S&C’s favorite escapes of the year is just days away. Every August, (for the past six years or so), Ms. S&C joins some of her best friends in the world for an extended weekend getaway at Seneca Lake, Ny. Activities include: canoeing, horseshoes, lots of cooking, daytime drinking, nighttime drinking, trashy magazines, laughing, party games (Celebrity and Apples to Apples are faves), bonfires, plenty of shenanigans. Hell, it is just a lot of fun sitting on the dock or on the porch (both overlook the water).
As you may expect, there is always a well-stocked bar at the lake. Last year, popular cocktails included Pimm’s Cup and S&C’s Watermelon Lemonade. Surprisingly, Ms. S&C has yet to drink a watermelon cocktail this season (though she did have a great watermelon agua fresca at Oyamel recently). So, she is going to bring back the-fruit-that-was-destined-for-cocktails (plus, a great option when serving a crowd of 10 or more), and make Watermelon Margaritas and Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges.
adapted from the Food Network recipe, serves four
- 2 1/2 cups seedless watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- 4 ounces tequila
- 2 ounces Cointreau or Triple Sec (orange flavored liqueur)
- 1 1/2 cups ice
- Lime wheel or watermelon wedge, for garnish
Combine all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Garnish rim of glass with a lime wheel or a watermelon wedge and serve immediately.
Optional: For frozen margaritas, place cut watermelon in a plastic bag and freeze for a minimum of 2 hours.
Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges
courtesy of Martha Stewart, serves four
- 1 small seedless watermelon, red or yellow, quartered and cut into 1-inch-thick wedges
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup tequila
- 1/4 cup Cointreau or Triple Sec
- 2 limes, halved or cut into wedges
- Flaked sea salt or coarse salt
Arrange watermelon in a single layer in two 9-by-13-inch baking dishes. Bring sugar, water, tequila, and Triple Sec to a boil in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Let cool slightly. Pour syrup over watermelon wedges, and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes.
Remove watermelon from syrup, and arrange on a platter. Squeeze limes over melon, and season with salt.
Note: The longer the watermelon soaks, the more flavorful it becomes — one reason to save any leftover slices. Yeah right, leftover slices.
posted by Ms. S&C