Cinco de Monty - Celebrate With a Watermelon Slice Margarita
Every now and then in military life we are blessed with finding the perfect neighborhood full of perfect neighbors. When we moved to Fort Meade, we were told with all sincere urgency "if you don't move to Columbia, you will literally die. People will kill you. Every day." And Baltimore certainly has some drawbacks, but the Federal Hill neighborhood is the most beautiful neighborhood full of the most wonderful people I've ever lived.
I think it's because the people who choose to live in 10-feet wide, 200-year old houses with shared walls have to really like other people. I really like other people, but on Cinco de Mayo in Baltimore, I really-really like being the only Mexican in a 5-block radius.
Because it means when Walt puts up that blue tarp (the Federal Hill signal for "Block Party About to Happen") that I can run around like a peacock declaring that I'm the self-appointed arbiter of "what is really Mexican." Despite the fact that many neighbors had actually lived in Mexico for years, spoke fluent Spanish, and attended Universidades abroad, they (according to me, who has never been past Tijuana) simply did not have the cred that I did.
Of course, I brought more to the party than a sassy attitude and a penchant for throwing chanclas at my husband. I brought tequila.
To specify, I brought an overflowing plate of heavy-dripping watermelons soaked in tequila, because as every fitness professional says, "Don't drink your calories!"
Watermelon Slice Margaritas
- 1 fresh watermelon, sliced wedges
- 1/2c Grand Marnier (Baltimore is #1 IN THE WORLD for GM sales)
- 1c Cazadores Tequila Reposado or Patron Silver Tequila
- lime or lemon, zested and juiced
This is a very easy recipe, which is great because you will be messed up when you're making round two.
- Slice the watermelon into thin slices. It will soak up more booze, faster.
- Lay out the slices on a lined cookie sheet, or a casserole.
- Mix the tequila, lime juice, and Grand Marnier, and pour slowly over the watermelon.
- Zest or microplane the lime and sprinkle artfully over your boozy, luscious watermelon.
- Sprinkle Tajin powder liberally. It's a sweet, sour, spicy blend that tastes like Hawaii's li hing mui - it's a very common Mexican condiment and you might not like it at first, but that will quickly change into a deep, insatiable need.
- Just remember that tequila makes a really good garnish - so don't be afraid to add an extra splash or two.