Grilled Succotash with Pesto
I'm not quite ready for summer to end!
It has been FAR too long since I’ve posted a cocktail post. I know, I’m disappointed in me, too 🙂 It’s not like I haven’t been drinking them! But this recipe required a little bit of testing.
And by testing, I mean that I wanted to drink lots and lots of watermelon cocktails. But also that I wanted to get the recipe just right.
I’ve been seeing a lot of delicious watermelon cocktail inspiration around town. On our wedding anniversary, we had some delicious ones at Ray in North Portland. Not long after, I had a delicious watermelon and whiskey punch made by the lovely Katie Burnett at the Uncle Nearest launch party (ooh, what a party that was. And the product has an incredible story! I highly recommend you give it a read).
But of course, I was left wanting more. So I grabbed a perfectly ripe Hermiston watermelon, puréed it in my blender and strained out the solids to make fresh watermelon juice. Was it a little more work than I usually do for a cocktail? Sure, maybe.
But it was totally worth it! Plus, you know, watermelons are kind of large! So I had enough fresh juice for many rounds of “testing.”
This watermelon margarita is the perfect drink for the heat of summer. It’s less boozy than a traditional margarita (greater juice to booze ratio). It’s a little less sour, too – the watermelon juice mellows everything out.
What it is, is a refreshing sipper that pairs well with fried chicken, tacos, you name it. All the rich foods you want to eat outside at your summer dinners. Trust me, I’ve tried it like four times now!