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Easy Watermelon Margaritas

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When it comes to cocktails, increasingly I find myself of the opinion that minimal ingredients provide a better drink. Especially when I am making a drink at home. There was a time in my life where I didn’t think this was the case. Probably around the same time I concocted “liquor soup” for my roommates and I, served in a bowl with a straw. (Bad decision.)

These days, I enjoy better quality liquor that doesn’t need to be too dressed up or masked. Generally I am a bourbon kind of lady. Knob Creek is my preference, on the rocks or straight. My husband, on the other hand, is a tequila kind of guy.

One of my favorite tequila cocktails is a simple, classic margarita. When using good tequila and fresh citrus, it’s refreshing and delicious. The following is another close favorite and a slightly sweeter take on the classic margarita. When watermelons start showing up in our grocery store, immediately I begin to think about watermelon juice, which is one of my favorite beverages. Turned into an adult beverage? Absolutely.

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Easy Watermelon Margaritas

Yields 4 drinks.

Ingredients:
4 cups watermelon, cubed
2 tablespoons agave or honey
4 limes, 3 juiced and 1 cut into wedges for garnish
1 small valencia orange, juiced
8 ounces tequila
ice

Directions:
In a blender, puree the watermelon and agave or honey until smooth. Pour the puree through a mesh strainer, transferring the strained juice to a pitcher. Add the lime juice, orange juice and tequila. Stir to combine.

Fill 4 glasses to the rim with ice then pour the margarita evenly into each glass. Garnish each with a lime wedge and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

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Vanilla Bean and Pear Vodka Cocktails

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Whenever I decide to have a drink, chances are I want good bourbon, neat. Or on the rocks. Maybe a delicious microbrew. Preferably dark. I will rarely order a cocktail. It’s not really out of snobbery… Maybe it’s just something that has come along with getting older.

For instance, when I first started drinking coffee (around finals week my first term of college), it had to contain lots of chocolate. If it didn’t have chocolate, surely it needed massive amounts of sugar. And half-and-half. By the time I finished school, my coffee could only have milk in it. Even the thought of sweetness made my stomach flip-flop inside. These days I enjoy my coffee black. Even a bit of vanilla soymilk or rice milk makes me cringe.

Okay, maybe it is snobbery. Sugar snobbery?

That said, while I don’t often indulge in cocktails, it has more to do with the attachment my brain makes to instances in the past where I’ve gotten sick from drinking… 90% of the time that has been after mixed drinks. However, when I saw this beverage on Pinterest nearly a year ago, I thought it sounded quite tasty. Then I forgot about it until the other day.

I love the vanilla bean speckles that dance through this drink. The only thing I found wrong with this beverage was telling myself that a drink really does mean a drink. Even when it tastes like a dreamy dessert of vanilla and pears.

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Vanilla Bean and Pear Vodka Cocktails

Yields 4 drinks

Ingredients:
1 cup good quality vodka
2 cups pear juice
1 vanilla bean
2 ripe limes
ice
unrefined cane sugar

Directions:

Add the vodka, pear juice, scraped vanilla bean, and juice from one of your limes into a shaker filled with ice. Cap the shaker, then shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds.

Cut the remaining lime, running it along the rim of four highball sized glasses. Dip the glasses into the unrefined cane sugar.

Pour the contents of the shaker, including the ice evenly into the four glasses. Add more ice to your desired amount (I like to add enough that the drink reaches the glass’s rim). Garnish with a slice of lime.