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Libations for All Occasions: Fresh Dulcinea® Tuscan-Style® Cantaloupe Margarita

With the dog days of summer behind us, the dulcet flavor and smooth texture of a Tuscan-Style® Cantaloupe Margarita may be the ideal accompaniment to one’s barbeque, garden party, or picnic—a fitting refreshment for any late-summer outing where drinks are in order.

Balanced with unmistakably citrusy notes of lime and triple-sec, this sweet summer drink is nonetheless perfectly redolent of ripe melon. The fulsome drink’s brilliant Persian orange color only adds to the sensation that one is drinking down a Tuscan sunset.

Whether in your backyard with friends or hosting a fancy fête champêtre, this Mediterranean-meets-Mexican cocktail dresses up or down to magnificent effect. And the margarita’s fragrant, almost-musky notes of cantaloupe pair well with piquant hints of silver tequila and round out the drink’s brighter flavors deliciously with pleasant floral undertones.

In fact, this drink’s flavor profile makes one wonder; where has this agave, melon, and citrus mélange been all my life? Thankfully, we need not go without anytime soon.

4 cups frozen Dulcinea® Tuscan-Style® Extra Sweet Cantaloupe chunks

1 lime zested

2 limes juiced

2 oz of silver tequila

½ oz of triple sec

2 oz of Dulcinea® Tuscan-Style® simple syrup


Dulcinea® Tuscan-Style® Extra Sweet Cantaloupe Simple Syrup:

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup water

½ cup of melon chunks

5 large mint leaves


 

 

1 Place ingredients for simple syrup in a small saucepot and cook over medium-low heat until sugar is dissolved and cantaloupe is soft. Remove cantaloupe chunks.

2 Place all ingredients except mint in a blender and blend until smooth.

3 Let sit for about 5 minutes and then strain the pulp, pressing to get as much liquid as possible.

4 Pour over ice-filled glasses and garnish with melon and/or mint.