Fruity, slightly sweet margaritas that can easily be made on the rocks or frozen!
Hi, everyone! I wasn’t planning to be gone that long, but you know what? I needed it. Things are intense around here, and when your day job is working at a company involved in politics, the last few months before an election are real intense. How are things going with you? What’s new? Did you take any awesome summer trips? Are you planning anything amazing for the fall? Tell me about it in the comments below! I’ve missed you guys.
As for myself, we’ve had two separate house guests who each stayed with us for about a week, so things were busy busy! With each of those visits, we took a couple trips to Provincetown and I got to take the Provincetown Fast Ferry for the first time. I’m telling you – once you’ve done that, you’ll never want to drive the Cape to get there ever again. It was magical.
I started bringing Penny to my office, and needless to say she has a fantastic time:
She desperately wants to be a person that sits in an office chair, and she thoroughly enjoys happy hour (and no, she didn’t actually drink beer).
I had my 32nd birthday, which was low key and lovely: visited a lighthouse and a new coffee shop and had a very nice dinner.
I’ve also been getting accustomed to living with two cats (plus Penny, when I have her) and man, it’s… something. When you’re not a cat person and you suddenly live with two of them, you have a whole bunch of adjusting to do. I learned quickly that I can’t leave open glasses of water on the counter, and that I can’t let curtain pulls dangle. Rugs are a no-go, and my leather couch is no longer in pristine condition. However, it does lend itself to moments like this:
Now, I know that summer is officially over… but that’s not going to stop me from sharing this summery recipe with you. You know why? Because there’s no bad time for a margarita – specifically, a Watermelon Margarita.
Sure, watermelons are falling out of season in most places, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find them. And that also doesn’t mean you can’t scoop one up now, cut it up into cubes and freeze it for later (that’s a pro tip from me to you – you’re welcome). If you use frozen watermelon, it’s just going to be a slushier drink – and I see nothing wrong with that.
People get intimidated by fruity drinks because they think it requires a ton of prep work – but it really doesn’t! You can have this whole thing ready to go and be sitting in a comfy chair on the porch with some chips and guac in less than 15 minutes.
Are you convinced yet? Good, then read on.
This time around I made mine two different ways – one with a salt rim, and another with Stirring Watermelon Rimmer sugar. I love it both ways – it’s totally just a matter of preference. I personally just love the pop of color this sugar adds to the presentation, and when it starts dripping down into the drink itself… heavenly.
Did you know that Stirrings was established in Nantucket? I didn’t realize that until the move when we were unpacking boxes and I was sitting on the kitchen floor (and cry because I was so overtired, but that’s beside the point) and started half-heartedly reading some of the food containers. I love Nantucket so much for so many reasons and I’ve never even been, but it’s on the bucket list of vacation spots. And it’s not even that it’s that far away – it just requires a car ride, a ferry, and finding a place to stay that’s not priced through the roof. All I want to do is visit Cisco Brewers, take pictures of lighthouses and wander around the island looking at all the adorable nautical things.
… what were we talking about again? Oh, right. Margaritas!
See that empty pitcher in the background? I intended to have it at least partially full for the pictures, but then I accidentally drank it all… you know, for testing purposes.
You should make a batch of these Watermelon Margaritas and invite me for over so I can help you taste test 😉 If you do make them, tag #stressbaking on Instagram so I can see what you make!
A big thanks to the boyfriend for being my margarita model – I think he can confirm that it’s not a bad gig if you can get it!
- 1 lime wedge
- 1 teaspoon sugar or salt
- 2 cups watermelon, cubed
- 3 ounces tequila
- 1½ tablespoons sugar (optional)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 2 teaspoons triple sec
- Cut a lime into wedges, and use one to rub along the rim of two margarita glasses.
- Roll the top of each glass in salt or sugar (whichever your preference is). Set aside.
- In a blender, combine watermelon, tequila, sugar (if the watermelon isn't sweet enough for your taste), lime juice, orange juice and triple sec. Pulse until well blended.
- Add ice to each prepared glass and pour mixture on top. Serve with a slice of lime and enjoy!