Summer Entertaining 2013:
Watermelon-Plata Tequila Cocktail at Mesa Grill, Bar Americain, Bobby’s Burger Palace
Watermelon-Plata Tequila Cocktail at Mesa Grill
• ¼ cup sugar • 8 cups watermelon, chunks, seeds removed • Juice of 2 limes • 1 ½ cups fresh blueberries, plus more for garnish • ½ cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish • 1 cup silver tequila • Crushed ice
• Combine ¼ cup water with the sugar in a small saucepan, bring to a boil, and cook until the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Pour the syrup into a bowl, cover, and refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour or overnight. • Puree the watermelon in a food processor until smooth. Strain the juice into a bowl and discard the solids. • Put the syrup, lime juice, blueberries, and mint in a pitcher and muddle until the berries are slightly crushed. Add the tequila and watermelon juice and stir to combine. Refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour. • Serve over crushed ice, garnished with mint leaves and blueberries.
Bobby Flay's Song of Summer: "Gin and Juice" by Snoop Dogg