Today is National Watermelon Day, but it's also Monday, which means you probably need a little pick me up. This recipe for frozen watermelon slices is easy enough to make once you get home from the office, and will give you the boost you need to get through the rest of the week.
These fruit pops take a page out of the margarita's book by infusing the watermelon slices with tequila and adding a sprinkling of salt and lime. You can choose to eat them right away, or put them on a popsicle stick then freeze them for a chilled down, grown up snack that's perfect for cookouts, summer dinner dessert or a warm Friday night.
Frozen Tequila Watermelon Slices
Prep Time: 5 mins Total Time: 1 Hour Servings: 5
1 watermelon, cut into uniform slices
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup tequila
2 limes, zested & sliced in half
Coarse sea salt
Optional: Pink Himalayan salt block for serving
- Lay out watermelon slices on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Mix together water, tequila and drizzle over watermelon slices. If freezing, squeeze the juice of one lime over the slices of watermelon, insert popsicle sticks into the rinds and place the slices in the freezer for 45 minutes, or until frozen. Then remove from the freezer. If serving unfrozen, proceed to the next step.
- Squeeze juice of remaining lime over the slices, and season with a sprinkle of coarse salt, along with the lime zest. Arrange on a Himalayan salt block for extra flavor and serve immediately.
Depending on where you're located, watermelons can vary in price. Here in NYC they average about $3.99 for a small, seedless watermelon. Limes are back to being inexpensive, after the harrowing lime shortage of 2014, and you can buy 15 for $2.00 at the grocery store down the block from me. Add in a few shots of mid-range tequila, and you have a simple, super cheap boozy bite! For me, the total for this recipe came out to about $7.00, since I already had coarse sea salt on hand, bringing the price per serving to $1.40.