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.
It’s hard to believe that the 2013 Academy Awards are just around the corner. While I can’t say I’ve seen all of the movies on this year’s list of nominees, I’m always excited for the star-studded event. I will admit I’m a huge fan of Adele, so I’m pretty exited about seeing her perform “Skyfall” and I do hope she takes home the award for best original song. No offense to the other equally deserving nominees. Anyway, I think the Oscars are a reminder for all of us to indulge in the finer things of life. This year, for your Oscar celebration I recommend serving up some steak. It doesn’t get any finer than that, right? Start the night off with one of these fabulous grilled steak recipes from BHG. Serve something unique like Sirloin Kabobs with Avocado Sauce or cook up a classic such as Ribeye with Garden Tomatoes. Personally, I think I’ll make the Chocolate, Balsamic and Blue Cheese Fillet.
1. Cowboy Steak and Whiskey Butter // 2. Rosemary Porterhouse Steaks with Olive Mayo // 3. Tenderloin with Grilled Corn Relish // 4. Chocolate Balsamic and Blue Cheese Fillet // 5. Peppered Rib-Eye Steak with Grilled Sweet Peppers // 6. Top Sirloin Kabobs and Avocado Sauce // 7. Ribeyes with Garden Tomatoes // 8. Lemon Butter Flank Steak
To add even more glamour to your celebration, I’m sharing a few Oscar-inspired party accessories. These are some of my favorite pieces that won’t break the bank, but certainly look like a million bucks. They also have classic style, so they can easily be incorporated into your other celebratory decor.
1. Swirled Symmetry Dinner Plate // 2. Laguiole Steak Knives // 3. Alexander Decanter // 4. Mercury Candleholders // 5. Foiled Dot Napkin Set // 6. Ernest Chrome Bar Cart // 7. Sorrento Platter // 8. Quartz Plate
Let’s get this party started! Best of luck to all the nominees. And the Oscar goes too…
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm
Can you believe it’s almost the middle of January? 2013 seems to be moving even more quickly than 2012 did. One thing I do look forward to after the holidays is the Golden Globes. It’s another excuse to get together with friends for a fun show, a few snacks, and a couple drinks. Don’t we all need an excuse to place our New Year’s diets on hold for an evening? This year’s Golden Globes Awards Show is even more exciting for me because it’s being hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Not only are these gals amazing women, they also know how to tickle your funny bone. I think we are all in for a night of fun and laughter.
As I’ve said here, I’m a huge fan of any party that can be hosted by only serving appetizers – easy foods and small bites packed with flavor. You just can’t go wrong. While not totally ignoring everyone’s desire to lose those holiday pounds, I’ve collected some appetizers from the BHG recipe archives that are sure to please your guests. All of these finger foods are delicious and perfectly elegant for a memorable and star-studded evening!
1. Spicy Mustard Stir-Fry Bites // 2. Party Potatoes with Creamy Aioli // 3. Cheesy Mexican Fondue // 4. Hoisin-Garlic Mushrooms // 5. Caribbean Cocktail Sausages // 6. Herbed Deviled Egg Bruschetta // 7. Fresh Arugula Bruschetta // 8. Spicy Grilled Shrimp // 9. Strawberry-Goat Cheese Bruschetta // 10. Spicy Melon Skewers // 11. Jalapeno, Crab, and Corn Dip // 12. Corn Cakes with Garden Relish
To top it all off, an awards show party needs a little bling. I don’t know about you, but gold is my color this year. It’s vintage, it’s fresh, and it adds a little sparkle. I’ve found some gold accessories that will bring a bit of sparkle to your Golden Globes Party and keep your future parties feeling festive!
1. Dahlia Candleholder // 2. Gold Wishbone Napkin Ring // 3. Gold Stripe Cocktail Shaker // 4. Gold Trim Glassware // 5. Gold Flatware // 6. Gold Mercury Glassware // 7. Gold Glitter Twine // 8. Square Lacquer Trays // 9. Gold Die-Cut Masks // 10. Gold Brioche Mold // 11. Metallic Gold Taper Candles // 12. Honeycomb Glassware
What’s your favorite way to add a touch of sparkle to your parties?
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm
Hi BHG readers! Michael here from Inspired by Charm. As soon as the first of November roles around I am in full Holiday mode. Despite the madness of the season I attempt to spend as much quality time as possible with family and friends. In the hustle and bustle of modern life, it’s often difficult to plan the downtime needed to relax and refresh our spirits. I think the holidays offer an excellent excuse to push the pause button on our crazy-busy lives and revel in the company of the people who are dear to us.
While Thanksgiving is typically family time, this year I suggest celebrating a new tradition – Friendsgiving. This is a special time around Thanksgiving when you gather with friends (like you would with family) to spread a little holiday cheer, and of course, to consume large amounts of your favorite comfort foods. It’s a chance to let loose, escape the usual holiday chaos, and just enjoy!
1. Hearts of Romaine with Creamy Feta Dressing // 2. Candied Sweet Potato Casserole with Parsnips and Carrots // 3. Twice-Baked Pesto Mashed Potatoes 4. Glazed Carrots with Pistachios // 5. Lemon-Thyme Split-Roasted Turkey // 6. Porcini-Chestnut Stuffing // 7. Caramel Apple Pie // 8. Cranberry-Orange Spread // 9. Pumpkin Sandwich Cake
To make this as easy as possible, I’ve searched through the BHG recipe archives and put together a delicious, stress-free Friendsgiving feast that will wow your friends and still give you time to enjoy this new tradition. So call your friends, pick up some wine, get cooking, and have a fabulous and memorable Friendsgiving!
Michael Wurm, Jr. - Inspired by Charm