You guys, this week has been such a whirlwind! Between spending time in the prairies working ahead on some exciting new projects, capturing tons of content for JustineCelina, publishing 3 blog posts, speaking at a YYC Blogger Babes event last night about The Business of Blogging (yes, that series will be launching later this year!) and attending another event earlier today for a new partnership — I’m totally having a cocktail (or two) tonight as I finish up this post!
If you’ve been following along with my Insta Stories this summer, you’ve undoubtedly seen me whip up a Watermelon Frosé Margarita. She was a fun recipe to test and a fast favourite among friends and family — a pretty, pink cocktail gone rogue! This time, my Connecting Over Cocktails crew and I are serving up an array of seasonal, fruity cocktails for our Summer Edition and I knew I wanted to do something a bit different. Today I’m shaking things up with my Watermelon Frosé Margaritas — an icy sangria 2.0 with an attitude, and tequila on her breath! In true JustineCelina style, she’s made with just 5 ingredients blended over frozen watermelon creating a naturally sweet, feisty summer cocktail that embraces fruity flavours with a margarita essence and a Himalayan pink salted rim! If you, too are in desperate need of a refreshing cocktail this weekend (hellooooooo, heatwave), check out the bottom of this post for inspired summer sips from my mega talented foodie friends!
WATERMELON FROSÉ MARGARITAS
Another day, another offbeat ingredient combination here at JustineCelina — but I (along with the 7 recipe testers I enlisted) happen to think dry rosé and tequila are a match made in heaven! If you’re frequent my WINE & COCKTAILS section, you’ll understand my love for rosé and sangria — but this summer, I’ve also been really in to frozen margaritas and frosé (the cocktails have been flowing this summer, what can I say?!). So here she is — my Watermelon Frosé Margaritas are a frosé, sangria and watermelon margarita love child!
Like any good margarita, she starts with a healthy dose of tequila. I’ve mentioned this before, but my tequila of choice is Reposado — we fell in love in Oaxaca a few years ago and I’ve never strayed. This beautiful bottle is actually one we brought home from our last trip — and it’s almost gone, so I’ve been rationing it like an insane woman! Next up, rosé. But not just any rosé — my favourite rosé, ever! Longtime readers may have heard me mention Creston, British Columbia’s small (but truly incredible) wine region and that’s where this Baillie Ghroman Blanc de Noirs Rosé hails from. It’s a vibrant, off dry Pinot Noir rosé with notes of red berries, pomegranate, watermelon, raspberry and cranberry — and it couldn’t be more perfect in this cocktail. If you ever find yourself in Creston, I can’t recommend stopping in to Baillie Ghroman and neighboring Skimmerhorn Winery enough. I have my favourites from both vineyards (I seriously bring home cases of this wine each summer!) — if you want more deets, just shoot me a message.
Now for our fringe ingredients! In my testing, I found that just 1/2 an ounce of Triple Sec was necessary to really make these margaritas sing. Believe it or not, Triple Sec isn’t a liqueur I owned until testing this recipe — but it’s a versatile, orange flavoured mixer that I can see working well in many future creations. I also found that my my Watermelon Frosé Margaritas called for a hit of fresh lime juice to help balance the sweetness of the frozen watermelon. The lime juice makes her incredibly refreshing and also provides that quintessential margarita essence. And of course, she’s loaded with frozen watermelon — an ingredient that just screams summer to me! I worked with a watermelon and lime combination in my Detoxifying Watermelon Mint Limeade and my Spiced Strawberry Watermelon Gazpacho, but I’ve been itching to use it in a cocktail. And last but not least, that sassy, Himalayan pink salted rim! I love balance in my cocktails, so a salted rim was the clear choice here. Not to mention — it sure is pretty!
I know you like your options, so I’ve included recipes for a single drink or a whole blender full for you today. So many of you have asked for this recipe since I started testing back on Canada Day — it’s such an easy recipe to whip up while you’re entertaining! At a BBQ earlier this month, we actually brought the Vitamix outside and set up a little bar area. That was a fun night!
• 1 oz Reposado tequila
• 1 oz dry rosé
• 1/2 oz Triple Sec
• 1 oz fresh lime juice
• 1 cup frozen watermelon
• Himalayan pink salt
Serves 4 (makes a blender full!)
• 1/2 cup Reposado tequila
• 1/2 cup dry rosé
• 1/4 cup Triple Sec
• 1 /2 cup fresh lime juice (4 oz or approximately 2 limes)
• 4 cups frozen watermelon
• Himalayan pink salt
• Half a lime yields approximately 1 oz of lime juice (or 2 tbsp)
• Half a large watermelon yields about 6 – 7 cups of cubes
1. Make your life easier by chopping your fresh watermelon into cubes and freeing it the night before. If you’re in a hurry, freeze for a minimum of 4 hours.
2. Add all ingredients to your Vitamix (or similar) and blend until smooth.
3. Add extra lime juice to a saucer to coat the rim of each glass. Add a thin layer of Himalayan pink salt to another saucer. Dip rim of your glass into the lime juice first, then into the Himalayan pink salt to create a salted rim.
4. Pour your Watermelon Frosé Margaritas into the salted rim glasses, serve and enjoy.
Optional: Add a few frozen watermelon cubes to each glass to keep your drink chilled — then enjoy them after you’ve finished your cocktail. They’re delish!
CONNECTING OVER COCKTAILS LINK PARTY | FRUITY SUMMER EDITION
You know who else loves cocktails a good cocktail? My Canadian food blogger friends! If you’ve been along for the ride here at JustineCelina for awhile, you’ve likely heard me gush about their work — my Food Bloggers of Canada community is invaluable to me I’m very fortunate to call this handful of bloggers my friends. And any friend of mine can make a mean drink! This time around we’ve added a couple of new members to our Connecting Over Cocktails family, so be sure to swing by for a refreshing summer sip and tell them I sent you!
Bernice at Dish ‘n’ the Kitchen’s Friday Flame
Dana at Killing Thyme’s Blueberry Lemon Vodka Fizz
Jen at Mud on Her Boots’s Honeyed Blackcurrant Cordial Smash
Jess at Cooking in my Genes’s Cherry Bourbon Lemonade Smash
Samantha at My Kitchen Loves’s Spiked Peach Iced Tea
Sean at Diversivore’s The Clock Calm Currant Gin & Tonic
P.S. – You can index our recipes via social media with the hashtag #FBCConnectingOverCocktails, if that’s your preferred method of browsing!
STILL THIRSTY? MORE WINE COCKTAILS & MARGARITAS
What’s your favourite summer fruit to infuse into cocktails? Surprisingly, I’m still not over my watermelon kick — or sick of this recipe (that’s how I know something’s really delicious!). If you try my Watermelon Frosé Margaritas (or any of the other cocktails in this collaboration) I’d love to hear from you!
Leave me a comment, or tag me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. You can use the hashtag #justinecelinarecipes in your recreations so I can find them — it’s always so much fun seeing what you guys make! I also have a Pinterest board for my recipes if you’re looking for more plant based culinary inspiration. Have a great weekend everyone — and may it be fueled by delicious cocktails!
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