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Watermelon-Tequila Cocktails
© John Kernick

Watermelon-Tequila Cocktails

  • ACTIVE: 25 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 2 HRS 25 MIN
  • SERVINGS: Makes 8 drinks
  • MAKE-AHEAD

When watermelon is in abundance, this is a great way to use it. Bobby Flay purees seedless watermelon chunks, then strains the juice through a sieve and mixes it with silver tequila, sugar syrup, blueberries, mint and fresh lime juice.

  1. 1/4 cup water
  2. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  3. 8 cups diced seedless watermelon (1 pound)
  4. 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  5. 1 3/4 cups blueberries
  6. 3/4 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves, plus 8 sprigs for garnish
  7. 1 1/4 cups silver tequila
  8. Ice
  1. In a small saucepan, bring the water to a simmer with the sugar and stir over moderate heat until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute; let the sugar syrup cool.
  2. In a blender, puree the watermelon until smooth. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl and strain the watermelon juice, pressing gently on the solids to extract as much juice as possible. Discard the pulp.
  3. In a large pitcher, combine the sugar syrup with the lime juice, blueberries and mint leaves. Using a wooden spoon, lightly muddle the blueberries and mint. Add the watermelon juice and tequila. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
  4. Pour the cocktail into tall ice-filled glasses. Garnish with the mint sprigs and serve.