Fresh sweet watermelon chunks blended with ice and the double kick of jalapeño and tequila make a refreshing summer drink that will heat you up and cool you down.
Welcome to Day 4 of Booze Week. I am on staycation, and enjoying some much needed time with family this week. So I asked some of my favourite bloggy peeps to guest post for me. Today I have the pleasure of welcoming my friend Stacy of Food Lust People Love to the blog. Stacy is an amazing blogger, and more importantly a wonderful friend. I adore her and she always makes me smile with her positive attitude. Stacy is wicked talented in the kitchen, and amazingly supportive of her fellow bloggers in her free time. I heart her. You will too.
Howdy, Lunatics! So very pleased to be meeting you here in the crazy house of Kim for the first time. My name is Stacy and, like Kim, I started my blog in 2011 without knowing what on earth that meant. Cravings of a Lunatic was one of the first blogs I found as I got deeper into this community of online foodies and it was love at first post. Kim’s great sense of humor and honest patter tickle me but her pretty photographs and tasty recipes keep me coming back for more. She is the master at organizing blog hops and events like Christmas Week and I’ve been honored to participate in several this past year, so it is my pleasure to make and drink a cocktail on her behalf for Booze Week. Hey, it’s a huuuuge sacrifice, but I would do anything for my friend, Kim!
I’ve been asked more than a few times how I came up with my blog name, Food Lust People Love. Right up there with food is my love of language. I’m kind of a word geek, with whole shelves on my bookcase devoted to books about the English language, its derivations, word etymologies, idioms and euphemisms. As devoted as I am to the correctly written word, I also like mixing things up. So, in Food Lust People Love, the nouns Food and People are actually used as adjectives, modifying the words Lust and Love. Too much grammar? Well, then, lets just say that my blog is called Food Lust People Love because we can Lust after fabulous Food but it’s People we should Love. And the best way to love them is just like my Cajun grandmothers did, by cooking for them. Just one more bit of trivia: I’m a career expat, having lived in innumerable countries around the globe and on six of the seven continents. It’s my goal someday, to get to the last one, Antarctica, even if I can’t really live there. I’m American by birth but a lot of the international living has rubbed off on my edges so you’ll find a great mix of food and cultures in my recipe box.
Today I am pleased to share a refreshing concoction I make with sweet Texas watermelons and farm fresh jalapeños. And since we are celebrating Booze Week, you know it’s going to have some tequila in there. Kim’s instructions said, “Get crazy,” so I did! Growing up in the South, I learned to put salt on my watermelon and eat it with a sharp knife straight out of the rind. The salt brings out the sweetness in the watermelon somehow so I’ve also added a little bit to this summer drink. It’s hot, cold, sweet and salty, in the best possible way. Hope you find it as refreshing as we do!
Watermelon Jalapeño Cocktail
- 1/4 15- pound or 6.8kg sweet summer watermelon preferably seedless
- 1- inch or 2cm fresh jalapeño or to taste
- 4 oz tequila
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- Optional garnish – watermelon wedge sliced jalapeño and flakey sea salt, if desired, but highly recommended
- Cut your watermelon off the rind and into small chunks. (Remove the seeds if you couldn’t find a seedless one.)
- Finely mince the piece of jalapeño.
- Put the watermelon and jalapeño in the blender. Add the tequila and salt and top with ice.
- Blend until smooth and frothy.
- Pour into pretty glasses.
- Garnish with a watermelon wedge and one thin slice of jalapeño, to alert your guests that this will be spicy.
- Add an extra sprinkle of flakey sea salt, if desired.
- Put the pitcher in the freezer between servings. It’s even better when it gets a little frozen.
Thank you so much for opening the loony bin doors for visitors, Kim! It’s been a real pleasure to create a cocktail and then drink it on your behalf.
P.S. Can I keep the visitor’s badge? I’d love to come back sometime.
Thanks so much to Stacy for guest posting today. Stacy you can keep the badge forever. I’d love to have you back again. You bring the booze, I’ll whip up some pasta.
Be sure to swing by Stacy‘s blog, Food Lust People Love and show her some love. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Stalk her cute butt everywhere, you’ll be glad you did. She’s good people, and has amazing recipes.
Thank you so much to Quarry Spoon and Molecule R for donating prizes for Booze Week. Molecule R has graciously donated 2 Mixology Kits. The winners can choice from their Margarita R-evolution Kit, their Cosmo R-evolution Kit or their Mojito R-evolution Kit. Quarry Spoon has graciously donated 1 copy each of Apothecary Cocktails, Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, Architecture of the Cocktail, and Shake, Stir, Pour. You can follow Quarry Spoon on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. You can follow Molecule R on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest as well.
Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada only. Sorry to my international peeps. Winner must be 18 years of age. Winner must answer a skill testing question when contacted. Winner has 72 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn. Thanks so much for taking the time to enter. Keep in mind only the comment is mandatory. All other entries are optional.
Toodles and smoochies! xx