March 20, 2015

Strawberry Watermelon Lemonade Margaritas

Yesterday I received a basket of fresh, organic, farmers' market strawberries from a friend. Yum! Surprisingly, I haven't eaten them all yet. Something about sweet and juicy fruits inspires me to make drinks, whether that be juice or cocktails. I also was given a full case of bottles of Hubert's Lemonade in the watermelon flavor. I just had to make something with these great ingredients!



It's Friday!!! Get ready for some good times and let's make margaritas! Margaritas are such fun drinks. They are pretty, colorful, and can be made in many different ways. Sometimes I like to cheat just a bit, and that's where Hubert's Watermelon Lemonade comes in! This wonderful sweet and sour juice provides the perfect sour base. Also, I'm often a simple person (or lazy... take your pick) and I left out the triple sec or cointreau from the margarita to save me a trip to the liquor store. You can add this in if you feel so inclined, but this simple recipe tastes amazing with just tequila for the alcohol added.


To the watermelon lemonade, I added strawberry simple syrup. I made this myself in a matter of minutes by combining water, strawberries, and sugar into a saucepan and let it boil and reduce into a delicious syrup. The plus side to making the syrup yourself is that your house will smell amazing! If you don't feel like sparing an extra fifteen minutes, you can just buy the strawberry simple syrup and keep your kitchen a bit cleaner. 


I lined the rim with a mix of salt and sugar. First I dipped the glasses into a bit of the leftover strawberry syrup and then dipped it into the salt/sugar mixture. I added the watermelon lemonade, strawberry simple syrup, a shot of tequila, and then garnished with a strawberry. Yum!


Strawberry Lemon Margaritas
Prep Time:
10 minutes
Difficulty:
Easy
Strawberry Simple Syrup
1. Prepare strawberry simple syrup by combining boiling a cup of water with a half cup of sugar.
2.Once boiling, add 8-10 chopped strawberries. Boil at low-medium head for approximately 15 minutes until the water has reduced and the strawberries are mushy.
2. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and let cool.

Cocktail
1. Dip the rim into the syrup you just made (or use a lime around the rim).
2. Dip the rim into either salt, sugar, or a mixture of both.
3. Add three parts Hubert's Watermelon Lemonade.
4. Pour in two parts simple syrup.
5. Add in a one part (or a shot... or however much you're feeling) tequila.
6. Stir and garnish with a strawberry
Enjoy!




If you want a virgin option, just leave out the alcohol! The strawberry syrup is a great addition to the already delicious lemonade. Adding the sugared rim, garnish, and a decorative straw will liven up any party.

Let me know what you think! Comment below and share your thoughts :)

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