Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges + Sherbet (Sunday with José)

08/19/2012

Then there was the time that I passed out and landed on the wooden door threshold—I had a vicious bruise for weeks.

Looking back, seems like many of my tequila experiences from days of yore ended badly. I’ve since learned to drink in moderation, and appreciate tequila for its taste, and not just for its ability to take you from sober to trashed in 60.2 seconds. My good friend, José stopped by for Sunday supper, and everyone is still standing:

The image of this treat is all over Pinterest, but it never linked back to an actual recipe. After digging around on the interwebs, I finally found the recipe at Martha Stewart (but of course). This is super eaze to make, somewhat (o_O) nutritious, and made me forget that there were only precious few hours left in the weekend.

Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges

Ingredients

  • 1 small seedless watermelon, red or yellow, quartered and cut into 1-inch-thick wedges
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup triple sec
  • 2 limes, halved or cut into wedges
  • Flaked sea salt or coarse salt
 Directions:
Tequila-Soaked Watermelon, tequila sherbet
1. Arrange watermelon in a single layer in two 9-by-13-inch baking dishes.
  Tequila-Soaked Watermelon, tequila sherbet
2. Bring sugar, water, tequila, and triple sec to a boil in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Let cool slightly.
Tequila-Soaked Watermelon, tequila sherbet
3. Pour syrup over watermelon wedges, and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes.
Tequila-Soaked Watermelon, tequila sherbet
4. Remove watermelon from syrup, and arrange on a platter. Squeeze limes over the  melon.
Tequila-Soaked Watermelon, tequila sherbet
5. Season with salt.
I was so enamored with the way tequila so easily pairs with the sweetness of watermelon, that I made this for desert:
Tequila Sherbet (adapted from a Real Simple recipe)

Ingredients

  • lime slices
  • sugar
  • lime sherbet
  • tequila
Directions:
Tequila-Soaked Watermelon, tequila sherbet
1. Rub the rim of the margarita glasses with a lime wedge.
Tequila-Soaked Watermelon, tequila sherbet
2. Dip the glasses upside down into a small plate of sugar until rims are evenly coated.
Tequila-Soaked Watermelon, tequila sherbet
3. Fill the glasses with 3 scoops of sherbet.
Tequila-Soaked Watermelon, tequila sherbet
4. Pour 2 tablespoons of tequila over the sherbet. Garnish with a lime wedge, and serve with a spoon.
Tequila-Soaked Watermelon, tequila sherbet
Mercy, these are good Sunday treats!
Are you a tequila fan? How do you take your poison?