Whip up a Colorado cocktail that tastes like summer

I recently returned from a fabulous trip to Colorado and will be posting the adventure on Girls Flight Out in the coming weeks. In the meantime, however, I couldn’t wait to share this just-in-time-for-summer cocktail recipe. Why? Because beautiful things happen when jalapeno-infused tequila is whisked with an agave/lime/watermelon blend. The recipe for Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita is courtesy of Comida, a Mexican cantina in Denver. If you’re visiting The Mile High City be sure to stop by for a bite. The restaurant is located at The Source, an 1880’s brick foundry building which houses a collection of food artisans and retailers in the city’s North River District.

Jalapeno-infused tequila provides heat to sweet watermelon blend for a refreshing summer bevvy

Now then, because we taste with our eyes, a concoction as pretty as this one demands an iphone photo shoot. Figuring there was no better place to take a few pics than at the cottage, I headed out to Lake Erie where I enlisted the help of my neighbour, foodie and bartender, Brenda Lee. Not surprisingly, her hubby, Bill Hopkins, volunteered to be our official taster.

Because the recipe calls for silver (aka blanco) tequila in which freshly cut jalapenos have sat for 2 days, I brought along a 1-quart mason jar of the infusion so we could get started right away. The result? A fun-filled afternoon during which we got our creative (and watermelon) juices flowing and our palates were treated to a party. This Colorado cocktail is a lively, well-balanced mix of sweet and heat so don’t be surprised if it becomes your signature summer sensation.

Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita

by Comida in Denver, Colorado

Step One (at least 2 days in advance): Infuse tequila

  • 26 oz. silver tequila
  • 3-4 jalapeños stemmed, and cut into thirds

Add jalapenos to tequila. Seal and let sit for at least two days.

Step Two: Make watermelon blend

  • 4 cups heavily blended watermelon (one small round seedless watermelon yields enough for mix plus garnish)
  • 2 cups light amber agave (available in health food stores or grocers)
  • 1.5 cups of fresh lime juice (or good quality bottle of lime juice)

Pour heavily blended watermelon into large pitcher. Whisk in agave and lime juice and continue to whisk thoroughly.

Step Three: Make each drink

  • 1.5oz infused tequila
  • 3.5oz watermelon mix
  • Watermelon, lime slices, jalapeno strips for garnish (optional)

Put ice in shaker. Add tequila and watermelon mix. Shake vigorously. Pour into 12oz glass rimmed with salt (optional).

Brenda’s Tips: Try pink Himalayan salt for the rim as it's milder and aesthetically more matchy-matchy! And for those who can’t wait out the 2-day infusion time, muddling the jalapeno slices first will speed things up!