Last night was my roommates birthday and what better way to celebrate than with a refreshing summer beverage and cupcakes! I wanted to come up with something that I hadn’t seen before but that used super fresh ingredients. My CSA box last week came with a large honeydew melon that I thought fit the bill perfectly. I scoured high and low to see what kind of recipes were out there with honeydew in them so I could consider what kinds of spices would taste the best, and it occurred to me that ginger would give this just the right amount of kick! Let me tell you ladies and gentlemen, it was delicious.
For me, it’s all about the traditional frozen margarita, but I know some people, like Love, prefer the on the rocks version. I made both last night so that people could have their choice beverage. I even tasted both, but I still preferred the frozen version. This is definitely a personal preference though as both tasted incredible! We added what was the right balance of ginger for us, but you could easily add a little bit more if you wanted more of a kick. Don’t go overboard though, because you don’t want the fresh flavor of the honeydew to be overwhelmed by the ginger.
A couple of tips:
1. You can use a traditional drink jigger in order to measure out 1oz of honeydew melon puree. The smaller end is exactly 1 oz. You’ll already have it out for the other ingredients so why not make this item not a unitasker!
2. You can store fresh ginger in your freezer. You will just need to wrap it in saran wrap then place it inside a freezer bag. This will also be super easy to grate later.
I suggest making these for your next party or BBQ. You will amaze your guests with the fresh flavor.
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HONEYDEW MELON AND GINGER MARGARITA
- 1 oz honeydew melon puree
- 1 1/2 oz tequila
- 1 oz triple sec
- 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup (to make dissolve 1 part sugar in 1 part boiling water)
- 1/4 tsp fresh ginger (or more for taste)
- Mix honeydew melon puree, tequila, trip sec, lime juice, simple syrup, and ginger together (or blend with ice if you desire frozen) and pour into glass over ice. Garnish with honeydew melon balls. Salt on rim of glass is optional.