One of my favorite things about summer produce is the watermelon salad my mother always makes as the weather gets hotter. Taking cubed watermelon, she adds basil, jalepeños and black sesame seeds for a perfect side salad in the sweltering Texas sun. Going on common sense, it’s a little hard to add tequila to a salad; thus, I give you: Watermelon Jalepeño Mint Lemonade.
This is the kind of drink that is a perfect poolside accompaniment to light appetizers and snacks like taquitos, chips, guacamole, and salsa. I just created a jalepeño mint syrup and then added watermelon puree to lemon juice and water. It was really that simple and took practically no time. Enjoy.
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (6-10 lemons depending on size)
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2.5 cups liquified watermelon pieces, in blender.
- 1 jalepeño sliced (seeds or not, depending on heat preference)
- 6 chopped leaves of mint + 6 for garnish.
- Tequila (optional)
- Add one cup of water to a sauce pan. Add sliced jalepeno and chopped mint. Bring to a boil.
- After boiling for about 2 minutes, add one cup of sugar until entirely dissolved. Let simmer for 5 more minutes then let cool for another 5.
- Using a pitcher and a fine strainer, strain the lemon juice, 3 cups of water, 2.5 cups of watermelon juice, and the simple syrup into the pitcher. Mix well and chill. Serve over ice.
- Do what you will with the tequila, I won’t judge.