Cinco de Mayo: Watermelon Margarita

Cinco de Mayo is not a big celebration over here in Europe but because we just love Mexican food we thought we will jump on the bandwagon. Let's be honest, cocktails are great any day but Margaritas have something special and summery about them. This particular recipe is super tasty, fresh and most importantly... pink!

I like to make my cocktails in pitchers if they don't have to be shaken. This way I can make lots in one go without much fuss. I use cup measurements for my cocktails but if you don't have those you can use something else (a large teacup would be perfect), as long as you keep the proportions.

Watermelon Margaritas

(makes 5)

Orange simple syrup :
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
3 strips of orange zest

2 cups cubed watermelon (approx. 350g or quarter of a medium melon)
1/4 fresh lime juice
3/4 - 1 cup of silver tequila (depending on how strong you want the drink)
lime wedges

To make the orange simple syrup put the sugar, water and orange zest into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer until all sugar is dissolved. once the syrup has cooled you can remove the orange zest.

Put the watermelon cubes into a blender and blitz. Push the watermelon juice through a sieve to catch pips and grainier pulp and pour it into a pitcher, then add your simple syrup, lime juice and tequila. Fill salt rimmed glasses* with ice (I like crushed best but ice cubes will do just fine) and garnish with a lime wedge.

*To make salt rimmed glasses simply run a little bit of lime juice (I use the limes I just squeezed for the cocktail). Put a bit of coarse salt on a plate and dip your glass rims in the salt.

TIP: If you want to make this drink a bit fresher you can add a few crushed mint leaves and another lime into the pitcher.

These Margaritas are ridiculously pretty and very easy to drink. They go perfectly well with a nice guacamole and some tortilla chips. ¡Salud!