Not-Unhealthy Recipe: Watermelon Tequila Cocktail

Ok, I won’t claim this one has any health benefits. It’s not even particularly low-calorie. But, hey – it’s got fruit in it, and it’s fat-free! More importantly, it’s an absolutely perfect, refreshing cocktail for these dog days of summer. Enjoy!

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Photo Credit: FoodandWine.com

1/4 cup water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
8 cups diced seedless watermelon (1 pound)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 3/4 cups blueberries
3/4 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves, plus 8 sprigs for garnish
1 1/4 cups silver tequila
Ice

Preparation
In a small saucepan, bring the water to a simmer with the sugar and stir over moderate heat until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute; let the sugar syrup cool.
In a blender, puree the watermelon until smooth. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl and strain the watermelon juice, pressing gently on the solids to extract as much juice as possible. Discard the pulp.

In a large pitcher, combine the sugar syrup with the lime juice, blueberries and mint leaves. Using a wooden spoon, lightly muddle the blueberries and mint. Add the watermelon juice and tequila. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.

Pour the cocktail into tall ice-filled glasses. Garnish with the mint sprigs and serve.

Nutritional Info (entire recipe is 8 servings): 180 Calories, 0 grams Fat, 1 gram Protein, 19.75 grams Carbohydrates

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