I don’t know much Spanish (Hola, me llamo Kate. Lo sienta, no hablo español.), but I do know tequila. I like it chilled and dressed, or mixed into a classic margarita. Over the past several days, I’ve opened my refrigerator to see half of a fresh cantaloupe staring back at me. “Drink me, I dare you,” it said.
So I did. I went to the liquor store and bought a bottle of silver tequila, and blended up this original concoction. I dubbed it a “cantaloupe fiesta” because my taste buds broke into a dance party on the first sip.
The recipe below will make one cocktail, but you could easily make a blender full as long as you’re serving it soon after.
Ingredients for one cocktail:
- 1/4 chilled cantaloupe, seeds removed
- 1 1/2 ounces silver/blanco tequila
- 1 lime, juiced
- 3 ice cubes
- 1/2 teaspoon agave nectar
- tiny pinch of sea salt
Instructions: Use a big spoon to scoop the flesh of the cantaloupe from the skin. Blend everything but the ice. Add the ice and blend thoroughly. Pour into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a lime round.
Note: I salted the rim of my glass, but I felt like the saltiest sips overwhelmed the delicate taste of cantaloupe. Also, I recommend using 100% agave tequila, always!
Don’t miss other fresh drinks in my summer cocktail series: beautiful red bell, strawberry smash, rainier cherry mojito, watermelon cucumber cooler and cucumber caipiranha, peach mojito, raspberry daiquiri, blueberry lavender [hard] lemonade and fresh bloody marys.