The Cocktail Lounge

Cantaloupe Agave Margaritas

I am so excited to have my first Cooking in Red Socks cocktail today! I must really be feeling the Cinco de Mayo spirit, because I have had a lot of ideas for cocktails and never tested them out. These margaritas, however, are pretty unique and delicious. I am normally not a huge margarita lover, but the mix of the cantaloupe, agave, and Cointreau balance out the taste of the tequila without masking it. If you don’t want to make these frozen margaritas, and would rather have margaritas on the rocks, then you need to substitute cantaloupe juice for straight cantaloupe. I’ve never seen such a product in the stores, so you can make it yourself by putting cantaloupe in a blender and straining it into a bowl over cheese cloth overnight. It’s an extra step towards cocktail greatness, but could be worth your time if you prefer margaritas on the rocks. Now all I need is some sunny weather out here in Pawtucket, and the celebration is on!

Makes: 8 margaritas
Prep Time: 15 minutes      Total Time: 20 minutes

2 cups tequila (lighter color works best)
2 cups freshly cut cantaloupe- rind, seeds and inside pulp removed
2/3 cup lime juice
1 cup Cointreau
1/3 cup agave nectar or honey
ice cubes for blending, about 2 heaping cups
sea salt or sugar in the raw for dusting the glass rims
1 lime, garnish

  • Combine the tequila, cantaloupe, lime juice, cointreau, and agave in a blender. Pulse until well combined. If you wished to partially make the day before, you can do this and pour into a pitcher. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Put some water on one small plate and the dusting sea salt or sugar on another small plate. Dip each glass into the water and then the sugar and place face up to dry for a minute.
  • Cut the lime in from end to end. Then thinly slice across for garnish. Set aside.
  • Add the ice cubes to the blender and mix until well blended.
  • Serve immediately into the glasses and garnish with a slice of lime.

3 thoughts on “Cantaloupe Agave Margaritas”

  1. I cannot wait for a hot day and a good excuse to try this! All of your recipes are fabulous — All I need is more time to try them all! Keep up the great work…and Go Red Sox!

    1. Thank you Colleen for your support! I hope you get to try out some things. I just looked at your blog and I love it! We might have to invest in one of those quilts if the weather doesn’t bounce back here soon! I saw that you went to the Writer’s Dinner this year, what a great night!

      1. Thank you so much! I love followers! It has been incredibly cold this spring. In March it was in the 80’s. Go figure! Anytime you need a quilt, let me know! It was my first time at the writer’s dinner. So fun and such a great occasion. Love your guy and can’t wait to see him in The Bigs! Best of luck to you both!!!

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