The amount of frozen fruit I've eaten since the weather warmed up is, frankly, astonishing. My favorite is Trader Joe's Organic Tropical Fruit Blend, but I've also had berry blends, frozen peaches, frozen banana slices, you name it. When B insisted on buying a giant-ass (really, that's the only word for it) watermelon for $2.99 at Aldi, I had to freeze some, partly because there was no way the two of us could eat all this watermelon before it went bad and partly because I just really like frozen fruit.
So we had all these bags of frozen watermelon in the freezer. I ate some, and Luna ate some (this dog LOVES melon), but there was still a lot. And then I went to yoga one Tuesday night.
Not to get too off track here, but a group of Tuesday night regulars calls ourselves "the Namaste Bitches." As as a nod to that, our teacher had shirts made for each of us that said "Namaste Bitches" on the back. We are now official. So I was talking to another Namaste Bitch, and we decided we needed to gather the herd for drinks sometime soon. And then she mentioned something about frozen watermelon margaritas, not even knowing what was lurking in my freezer. SOLD.
We made them one Friday night after a long week, and, um, wow. They are perfection. It was refreshing without being too sickeningly sweet, and the real fruit taste was incomparable. B thought it could have used a little sugar added, but I liked it as it was.
It's such a perfect idea. Because the watermelon is frozen you don't have to add ice, which waters it down. And because you don't have any sugary mixers, it's a lot healthier than traditional margaritas, especially the store-bought syrupy mixes with God-knows-what in them. Tequila is higher in calories than I thought (who knew?), but at least you're getting all the fruit nutrients, too. I'm now on a mission to see what other kind of frozen-fruit margaritas I can make next. Stay tuned...
frozen watermelon margaritas
2 cups frozen watermelon chunks
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1.5 ounces tequila
juice of half a lime
fresh fruit (for garnish)
Zap the fruit in a blender until mostly smooth.
Add tequila and lime juice until it's the consistency you want.
Garnish and serve (spoon is helpful until it starts to melt a little more)
This makes one good-sized margarita at 208 calories. I know, it's a little high for a beverage, but do consider the fact that while it may be comparable to traditional margaritas in terms of calories, this one is all-natural with whole ingredients. Think of it as your daily fruit intake with a fun little kick.