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14Jul 12

Watermelon Sangria

Watermelon SangriaI told you about my first trip to Spain when I was 19. Well, last summer I returned to visit a friend’s son who is studying history at Granada University. On arrival, I was met by 10 jolly looking fellows who all had glasses in their hands. It was Friday evening, and they had decided to make a huge sangria in my honour. But not the classic sangria – rather, watermelon sangria! Today, I want to tell you about this drink, which is an ideal choice for an evening on the porch with friends.

As I´ve mentioned, sangria normally consists of a bottle of cheap red wine, chopped fruit, and a sweetener. This particular version I discovered on my last trip is a bit different and made specifically to bring out the flavour of the watermelon, which was excellent!

As the guest of honour, I was enlightened with the recipe of the sangria the merry young men had concocted, which I want to share with you. They also brought Spanish potato omelette for me to try – it is a typical “tapa”. If you visit Spain, don’t leave without trying some!

Just one piece of advice on the sangria: the amount of spirits added into the mix is up to the person making it. I share the measurements we used, but those amounts are open to interpretation. And that is exactly what makes it dangerous, especially in the company of 10 students on a Friday evening.

Watermelon Sangria
Recipe type: Cocktail
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 10
A fruity twist on the classic sangria
  • 1 bottle of dry white wine
  • 1 kilo of watermelon, cubed and deseeded
  • 3 limes, chopped
  • 10cl rum (Brugal is a good choice.)
  • 8cl citrusy syrup
  • 10cl triple sec
  • Abundant Ice
  1. Mix the white wine with the fruit in a 1 litre pitcher, and let it sit for a full day in a refrigerator to allow time for the fruit flavours to blend with the wine.
  2. Add ice, rum, syrup and triple sec, stirring it together well.
  3. Serve in tall glasses with good company.

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25May 12

Lime Margarita

Lime MargaritaMexico is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited. It is also a place where fun is part of the day, every day. On any given day, at any given hour, Mexicans are always up for a good time, especially if the good time involves drinking their pride drink: tequila. Today, I want to share with you one of the best known cocktails worldwide: the lime margarita. (You can also try this margarita recipe and decide which one you like better.)

The main ingredient in a lime margarita is tequila, which is a spirit made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila in the western state of Jalisco. Mexico is so proud of tequila that it has claimed the exclusive international right over the word, threatening legal actions against manufacturers of distilled blue agave spirits in other countries.

OK, so tequila belongs to Mexico. But where does the name “Margarita” come from? Although there is no solid proof regarding who invented the margarita, rumor has it that is was first served in a bar in Ensenada, Mexico, by a bartender named Don Carlos Orozco. One afternoon in October 1941, while experimenting with new mixes, a lady named Margarita Henkel, daughter of a German ambassador, walked into the bar. Don Carlos offered the drink he had concocted to Margarita and named it after her for being the first person to taste it. The cocktail was a mixture of tequila, triple sec and freshly squeezed lime juice.

After that, legend and history grew hand in hand.

• 3 cl tequila
• 1.5 cl Triple Sec
• 3 cl lime juice, freshly squeezed
• 5 teaspoons sugar
• lime wedge (optional)
• crushed ice or ice cubes

How Don Carlos made his first Margarita:

  1. Take your lime wedge or a bit of Triple Sec and rub around edge of the glass. Turn it upside down and press the rim into salt laid on a plate.
  2. Shake the tequila, triple sec, lime juice and sugar in a shaker (or stir vigorously with a spoon) for at least 30 seconds.
  3. Pour the mix over ice into your salted glass.
  4. Last but not least, garnish the glass with a wedge of lemon, and serve.

Time: between 3 and 5 minutes
Makes: 1 cocktail

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