Summer, it’s here and it’s glorious. I am looking forward to all the amazing things that summer brings. I’ll be kayaking up a storm on Lake Mead, catching as much sun as humanly possible, late night walks with the dogs, and some of the best foods of the season.
Watermelon, of course, is one of the best pieces of produce that summer has to offer. Margaritas are also a sweet summer enjoyment. Combining the two feels so right, and while I was on the route of combining great flavors, I thought an earthy sage simple syrup would do just the trick.
These Sage Watermelon Margaritas are delicious. I might have over done it and had almost the entire pitcher to myself. Don’t judge me. Freezing the cubed watermelon slices are the key to a smooth frozen consistency of the perfect margarita. I also chose to use a raw, Turbinado sugar for making the sage simple syrup. Turbinado or demerara sugars have more depth of flavor, adding subtle nuances that compliment the sage and watermelon very well.
- 2 cups Turbinado Sugar
- 1½ cups water
- 5 sprigs fresh sage
- 4 cups cubed and frozen watermelon
- 1 cup Tequila
- juice of one orange
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 4 Tablespoons Sage Simple Syrup
- sprigs of sage for garnish
- salt for rim of glasses
- Combine sugar and water in a heavy bottomed saucepan
- Place over medium high heat, and stir until sugar has fully dissolved
- Bring to a boil, and let boil for 1 minute
- Remove from heat and allow to cool
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month
- Combine the frozen watermelon, tequila, orange juice, lime juice, and sage simple syrup in the container of a high powered blender.
- Blend until smooth
- Rim each cocktail glass with salt, fill glass with margarita and garnish with a sprig of sage