Drink of the Month
Bali Watermelon Margarita
This is the anti-Christmas drink: a frozen watermelon margarita. But I just had to show off the bottle of PTO we lugged to Bali recently. And, yes, that is an infinity pool overlooking the ocean. We stayed in a gorgeous villa with a band of happy travelers from Austin. We got a hankering for a margarita and tied that in with the delicious fruit that was available. You probably won't be making this at home, but you can daydream about a tropical afternoon in the pool...
Blend all ingredients in the blender until you have a frozen margarita. Serve in a glass decorated with appropriate tropical drink garnishes. Sip slowly and enjoy island life.
- Blender full of delicious sweet Balinese watermelon
- Several ounces Paula's Texas Orange brought to Bali in checked baggage
- Several ounces of $50-a-bottle (ouch!) Cuervo Gold tequila
Juice of about 50 tiny seedy limes squeezed by the kitchen help
- Last of the ice from the overworked ice maker
The folks at Dripping Springs Vodka have created the perfect drink to showcase the flavor pairing of their delicious vodka and PTO. All you need is a little fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, which just happens to be coming into season in Texas right now. Somehow the whole is greater than the sum of the parts in this simple drink, and everyone (including non-grapefruit-lovers like me) enjoys it.
Shake all ingredients with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- 1 oz. Dripping Springs Vodka
- ½-¾ oz. Paula's Texas Orange
- 2 oz. fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
From Dale DeGroff's The Essential Cocktail
This is Dale's take on the Champagne Cocktail, which is an ode to the great Ritz hotels. It is a sophisticated cocktail, appropriate for that dress-up holiday party or an intimate New Year's Eve.
In a mixing glass, stir together the cognac, PTO, Luxardo, and lemon juice with ice. Strain into a large cocktail glass and fill with super-chilled Champagne. Garnish with the flamed orange peel.