Erin Gleeson

Let’s Party: Watermelon Margaritas

Written on July 18, 2013 at 8:00 am , by

How fun and colorful are these Watermelon Margaritas?! I think they’d be perfect for a summer BBQ. I love the addition of the watermelon “ice cubes” to keep your drink frosty cool. You could also make a non-alcoholic version of this by eliminating the Triple Sec and tequila. Enjoy!


Ingredients (16 servings)

  • Watermelon cubes
  • Kosher salt (to line glass rims, if desired)
  • 8 lime wedges
  • 3 cups Triple Sec or other orange liqueur
  • 2 – 3 cups tequila
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup superfine sugar or powdered sugar
  • 5 cups seedless watermelon, chopped


1.Freeze cubes of watermelon on a waxed paper-lined tray for 1 to 2 hours or until firm.

2. If you’d like to salt the rims of your glasses (I skipped this), place salt on a small plate. Rub rims of eight glasses with one of the lime wedges. Dip rims of glasses in salt to coat; set aside.

3. In a pitcher combine Triple Sec, tequila, lime juice, and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved.

4. Pour 1/4 cup of tequila mixture into blender or food processor with chopped watermelon (working in batches if necessary). Cover and blend or process until smooth. You could strain it, but I don’t bother. Combine watermelon juice with remaining tequila mixture. Stir. Chill until ready to serve.

5. Place frozen watermelon cubes in glasses. Pour blended watermelon tequila mixture over watermelon cubes.


Photos and Illustrations by Erin Gleeson of The Forest Feast, a blog full of simple recipe and entertaining ideas inspired by living in a cabin in the woods.


Michael Wurm, Jr.

New Years Eve Cocktails

Written on December 26, 2012 at 9:00 am , by

Grab your cocktail shakers, a few glasses, and a party hat and you’ll be ready to ring in the new year. While champagne may be the classic drink to serve this New Year’s Eve, try mixing up one of these festive and stylish cocktails instead.

1. Apple Cider Punch // 2. Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail // 3. Winter Fruit Sangria // 4. Sweet Cherry Sangria // 5. Ginger-Champagne Punch // 6. Apple Martini // 7. Mojito Sparkler // 8. Sparkling Cranberry Rose // 9. Cranberry Martini recipe

I’ve searched through the BHG archives to find ten delicious and easy cocktail recipes that will gaurentee a happy start to 2013!

Cheers and Happy New Year!

Michael – Inspired by Charm 

Erin Gleeson

Better Cook: Old Fashioned Holiday Cocktail

Written on December 20, 2012 at 8:30 am , by

Seasons Greetings from The Forest Feast! It’s always fun to have one fancy cocktail at holiday celebrations in addition to beer and wine, and this one is easy and festive! It’s a holiday twist on the classic Old Fashioned, with floating cranberries as garnish instead of a maraschino cherry.

The only real technique involved is cutting the orange twist. Just use a pairing knife to make a long wide shaving, then gently twist it from both ends into a loose spiral that can hang off the edge of the glass.

I mixed my ingredients first in a cocktail mixing glass, but you can also just do it in your glass.

Old Fashioned Cocktail (with a holiday twist!)


  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Dash bitters
  • An orange twist or an orange slice
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • A few ice cubes (1/2 cup?)
  • Fresh cranberries for garnish (they’re edible but probably too tart to eat)


1. In a short stemless glass, combine sugar,  bitters and bourbon. Stir  until sugar is dissolved, then add ice and stir more.

2. Garnish with floating cranberries and an orange “twist” on the side of the glass.

Makes 1 serving

The Forest Feast is a blog by Erin Gleeson full of simple, colorful vegetable based recipes. After working for many years as a food photographer in NYC, Erin moved to a cabin in the woods last summer where she is currently working on The Forest Feast Cookbook.