June is always a fun month for us, not only is it my favorite season, but my husband and I are both June-babies so we generally throw a combined birthday extravaganza. Last year deployment left us spending our birthdays apart, so I knew this year we had to do it right. The theme (because yes we love a good theme party, mustache bash anyone?) was easy because we have been talking about having a fiesta themed party for years. Now, I've never been big on tequila, but when the sombrero fits..
I checked out one of my favorite blogs because I have seen their awesome margarita recipes and knew I would need some guidance from a pro. I finally whittled it down to classic, strawberry, and this jalapeño watermelon. Great life decisions were being made people. With some elbow grease and some help from my husband we squeezed an ungodly amount of limes, and it was worth it. I will note here that the other recipes were also amazing, and the classic margarita was the best classic I have ever had.
Just so you can see how it went down, I set up a "choose your own adventure: style bar, with the watermelon margs we had the mix next to shots of varying heats. We soaked the jalapeños in the tequila for different lengths of time so people could choose how spicy they wanted it. I will say most of out friends are pretty bold and enjoyed the spicier tequilas. I found the most popular was the tequila that had the jalapeño in it for about 5 hours, it's really just a matter of taste. These were a huge hit with us, hopefully they will be for you too!
Jalapeño Watermelon Margaritas (Print Me)
Yield: 4 servings
For the jalapeño tequila:
6 oz silver tequila
1 fresh jalapeño, sliced
For the margarita:
1 cup homemade margarita mix
2 generous cups chilled watermelon cubes (seeds removed if not seedless)
4 oz orange liqueur (or orange juice)
6 oz jalapeño tequila
Salt, for rimming
Place the tequila and jalapeño slices in a jar and let sit in the fridge for at least one hour (Shawnda warns not to leave longer than overnight, I'd trust her).
Place the watermelon cubes in a blender and process for ~1 minute until smooth. Pour through a strainer and discard the solids - you should have 1 cup of juice.
In a small pitcher, mix the watermelon juice with the homemade margarita mix and orange liqueur. Add the tequila and reserve the jalapeño slices, stirring to mix well.
Fill salt-rimmed glasses with ice and serve, garnishing each margarita with a tequila-soaked slice of jalapeño if you choose. Enjoy!
Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride