It’s the time of year when, come Monday, there’s a half of a watermelon giving me the eye when I open the fridge. I know the chances of eating it are slim, but with five minutes’ work I can be on the porch sipping something perfect.

I like to make this in a mason jar, which doubles as the shaker. Gets me on the porch faster with less to clean!

Watermelon Lime and Tequila Refresco

Take that watermelon and scoop it into a blender. Blend until liquid, and strain through a coarse strainer. A half of a 12-inch diameter melon should yield 6 cups or so of juice.

Fill a 2-cup mason jar with ice. Add:

  • 1 1/2 ounces of silver tequila,
  • 3/4 ounces of lime juice (I find the Santa Cruz Organic bottled is a fantastic sub for hand-squeezed in cocktails), and
  • 4 1/2 ounces of watermelon juice.

Put the lid on the jar and shake until the jar feels quite cold.

Head to the porch and put your feet up!

Expecting company? Make a batch to serve 4 ahead of time:

  • 3/4 cup of silver tequila,
  • A little more than 1/3 cup lime juice, and
  • 2 1/4 cups of watermelon juice.

Next question: will it freeze? Stay tuned!

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