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Like a lot of the rest of the country, we're melting here in Knoxville. It's been a miserable summer with dry, hot weather and since we live in an old house with only a few window units, we try to keep cooking to the minimum when it gets hot out. In fact, it's been so bad this past week, we haven't felt much like eating at all. Add in the fact that we're currently in the middle of some major demolition work and a minor disaster that allowed plaster dust to rain into our kitchen and I hope you can understand why I'm having trouble getting motivated to turn a stove on.
What I can get motivated about is cool drinks, preferably with a little booze in them to take the edge off. These are easy to make, refreshing and strangely addictive. In fact, I recently made them for a get together and an avowed beer drinker came back for seconds and thirds.
I've made them several times and it wasn't until last night that I thought that freezing the watermelon might make them even better. Unfortunately, I was not able to test this theory out as I had just finished making a batch and didn't want to drink myself under the table.
Using tequila around the rim of glasses is a tip I picked up from Alton Brown. It works much better than lime juice and it's what I use whenever I make margaritas.
If any of you have a surefire way to keep cool in the kitchen, I'd love to hear about it in the comments!
Adapted from Cooking Light
Yield: 6 servings
2 teaspoons sugar
3 1/2 cups cubed & seeded watermelon
1/2 cup tequila plus 1 tablespoon extra
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon Triple Sec
Place 2 teaspoons of sugar in a saucer. Place 1 tablespoon tequila in a saucer. Wet the rim of your glass by placing it in the saucer of tequila and then place in the saucer of sugar so that the rim of the glass is coated with sugar. Set aside.
Combine watermelon, 1/2 cup tequila, 2 tablespoons sugar, the lime juice and Triple Sec in a blender. Blend until smooth. Fill each prepared glass with 1/2 cup crushed ice. Fill glasses and drink. Feel cooler already!