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Watermelon Plata Tequila Cocktail

Watermelon is more than 91 percent water, is high in vitamins A & C, and is a good source of potassium. It's a tasty way to stay hydrated on a hot summer day. For best results, serve outdoors.

Makes 4 cocktails

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups seedless watermelon chunks
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup*
  • 2 limes, cut into chunks
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
  • 1 cup plata (silver) tequila
  • Crushed ice

Directions

  1. Puree the watermelon in a food processor until smooth. Strain the juice into a bowl pressing on the pulp, then discard the solids.
  2. Put the simple syrup, lime chunks, berries and mint in a pitcher and muddle until the berries are slightly crushed. Add the tequila and watermelon juice and stir to combine. Refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour. Serve over crushed ice, garnished with mint sprigs.

To Make Simple Syrup: Put a 1/2 cup of water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Whisk in the sugar and cook until the sugar is completely dissolved. Let cool.

Recipe courtesy Bobby Flay and the Food Network