Cantaloupe Fiesta Cocktail

cocktail made with cantaloupe, tequila, lime juice and agave nectar
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.

cantaloupe tequila cocktail ingredients

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.

Comments

  1. says

    In Australia there are some states that refer to this as cantaloupe and some as rockmelon. I find it so interesting that there can be such drastic differences in names in the same country. Does anyone from different areas to you call it rockmelon in USA? Looks delicious as always. Did you end up writing any letters on the weekend?

    • says

      Rockmelon, I like that word! I’ve never heard an American refer to cantaloupe as rockmelon. That is interesting that your own country has different names for the same fruit. I’m having a hard time thinking of a fruit or vegetable that goes by another name here in the states. I haven’t written my letters yet, but I’m feeling very industrious and think I’ll shut down the computer and pull out some pen and paper tonight.

  2. says

    Thank you so much, that you didn’t called it Margarita – it looks like a sound drink.
    I would only use a 100% agave tequila – I am a big fan of authenticity – and 100% agave tequila – is the »real« tequila. It is a bit more expensive – but if you stay away of the super premium brands, it doesn’t make a big difference price wise [you might use Sauza blue – the new entry 100% agave tequila of Sauza – Hornitos is even better… Cuervo has its Tradicional which is also relatively fresh on the market, and doesn’t make you poor…].

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