This is a delicious alternative to the standard Margarita mix you buy from the store. Perfect for a summer refresher, and even more perfect when the cantaloupe is less than ripe–and refuses to ripen, because now you can use it for something other than the compost pile. Add a sprig of mint, it you please, and it becomes a Melon Margarita Mint Julep — we’re in the south now, honey.
1/2 cantaloupe, seeded, peeled and cut into 1″ cubes
1/2 cup simple syrup
3-4 T fresh lime juice (juice of a large lime)
1 cup water
12 ice cubes
3-4 shots of good quality Tequila
Combine all ingredients except the liquor in a blender and puree until smooth on high speed. Add the Tequila and blend for a second or two until mixed in. Pour into Margarita or red wine glasses. If you like a salted rim, rub the rim with lime, then turn it over and dip the rim into a cooled simple syrup, just enough to coat the edge, then dip the rim into plate of Kosher salt until the rim is coated. Invert and pour in the liquid.
Simple syrup: Put 1/2 cup of sugar and a 1/2 cup of water into a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until sugar melts and liquid is clear and begins to come to a simmer.
I’m also going to try this with a honeydew melon!
Oaxaca is famous for its Aguas Frescas … those sublime fruit drinks perfect for sipping while sitting on the zocalo or strolling down the Alcala Macedonia. Fresh fruit waters come in a variety of flavors: pineapple (pina), cantaloupe (melon), watermelon (sandia), mango or papaya. They are made in a blender with water, sugar and ice (hielo). Ice made from purified water, which the good restaurants always use, is not a problem….no worries! Now that I’m home, I’m yearning for those delicous Aguas Frescas. I bought a cantaloupe the other day, cut it open and discovered it was not yet ripe…and once cut, too bad. So, I quartered it, seeded it, cut the flesh into bite sized pieces, put it in the blender with the following recipe, and lo and behold, Agua Fresca de Melon — fabulous.
- 1 large cantaloupe, peeled, seeded, with flesh cubed into 1″ pieces
- 2 T. sugar or 1 T. Splenda
- 2 cups water
- 8-10 ice cubes
- Optional: 1/2 cup non-fat plain yoghurt
Blend the fruit and sugar with 1 cup of water until pureed. Add the remaining water and continue blending until smooth. Add the ice cubes until you get the coldness and watering consistency you want. If needed, add more ice cubes and correct the sugar for taste adding more if you so choose. I put in the yoghurt to give the drink a delicious creamy texture. A su salud!