4th of July Watermelon Tequila Mojito!
This Watermelon Tequila Mojito is so refreshing in these hot summer months, I’m sure you will be making it more than 1,2,3 times this summer.
Take advantage now that watermelon is in season! Invite some friends over and have yourself a nice get together. Start up the grill, throw some rib eye steaks and some sausages and get the summer party started. I had some friends over last weekend and that’s what I did! I think I may make these again this Tuesday for our 4th of July backyard barbeque!
I think you should too!
Okay so let’s talk tequila! Tequila is a distilled Mexican liquor made from the Blue Agave plant. Tequila was first produced in the 16th century near the city of Tequila, hence the name Tequila. It also has The Denomination of Origin, meaning that Tequila can only be made in Mexico. Primarily in the Mexican state of Jalisco due to its regional area which is conducive to growing the plant. The Jalisco area is broken down into two regions, the highlands (Los altos) and the lowlands (Los Bajos). Tequila produced from the highlands is much smoother and sweet while tequila from the lowlands is harsher and dryer.
Blue Agave Plant
The blue agave plant takes roughly 8 to 12 years to mature and grows 5 to 8 feet tall and 7-12 feet in diameter. Weighing anywhere from 150 lbs to 250 lbs. When the quiote (stem) grows out from the center of the plant, it is cut down. Soon thereafter, the pina (heart of the plant) is ready to be harvested. If the quiote is left for too long, the pina will produce to much sugar and it will no longer be useful in the tequila making process. Thus harvesting at the right time is of utter importance in making Tequila.
Categories of Tequila
There are two categories of tequila, mixtos and 100% agave. Mixtos have at least 51% agave and the rest is made up of glucose and fructose sugars. Some attribute the standard tequila hangover, to come from all the added sugar while others claim it’s the quality of the tequila. Either way keep in mind mixtos have added sugars. One thing that may be of some consideration for you if you are interested in in having a couple of shots on Friday night with your buddies, think of buying a bottle that is 100% agave if you are at least hoping to avoid one!
This watermelon tequila mojito really hits the spot on a hot summer day. Give it a try, I have a feeling you will like it! And if you’re not a drinker, just exclude the tequila, just as delicious and refreshing!
Don’t forget to let me know what you think!
Watermelon Tequila Mojito
|Cook time||10 minutes|
|Occasion||Barbecue, Casual Party|
- 1 seedless watermelon (cube about a cup)
- 3 Tablespoons white tequila (or as much as you like for each drink :))
- 2-3 Teaspoons sugar (or to taste for each drink (I like 2 teaspoons in mine)
- 1 lime (use entra lime for garnish if desired)
- 10 bundle of mint leaves (each drink)
- splash of club soda (each drink)
- sea salt or regular salt (rim glass)
- garnish with mint leaves and lime slices
|Cut lime in half and rim glasses with lime juice. On a plate pour some salt and flip glasses to coat with salt. Cube about a full glass of the watermelon. Put cubes in blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.|
|Take the cut lime and cut again in quarters. In each glass, muddle (mash) 4 pieces of lime, sugar and about 7 to 10 mint sprigs and mix well. Repeat process with second glass. Add ice. Pour tequila to each glass. Divide watermelon juice into both glasses and splash some club soda (or to taste) to each glass. Garnish with lime wedges and mint sprigs. Enjoy!|
|Divide watermelon juice into both glasses and splash some club soda (or to taste) to each glass. Garnish with lime wedges and mint sprigs. Enjoy!|