Recipe & Photos by Megan Russell
Watermelon-Mint Cocktail Pops
1 personal watermelon, cubed and deseeded
1/2 cup raspberry vodka
Mint leaves, a handful
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until a smooth, consistent texture forms. Pour the mixture into the popsicle molds and freeze for at least 8 hours, preferably overnight. Keep for up to a month in the freezer!
Spicy Watermelon Margarita
Slice melons in half, and scoop all of the bright pink flesh into a blender. Blend on high until a pureed texture is achieved. If you prefer a pulp free juice, place a fine mesh sieve over a large bowl and pour the blender contents through the sieve. The juice can take a few minutes to seep through, but you can help it along by stirring the pulp with a rubber spatula or your fingers.
Transfer the juice into a pitcher and chill in the fridge until ready to use. I like to add a few teaspoons of lime juice to enhance the flavor and fridge life, which is about 5 days.
Enjoy it fresh on the rocks or mix up a cocktail with your choice of clear liquor - I recommend tequila but mezcal, gin, or vodka would all be delish. If you're not drinking, you can zhush it up with a sugar, salt, or Tajin rim and a splash of lime juice for a mouth-watering mocktail.
I assembled our spicy margaritas in this order:
A dab of chamoy on my finger then rubbed around the rim of a glass
Dip the rim in Tajin
1 shot of chilled tequila
Watermelon juice to fill the glass
Squeeze of lime
2 jalapeno slices
Quick stir to incorporate
Try not to guzzle