Martha Stewart Living (July 2009)
Nothing says "Martha Stewart goes to a frat party" quite like this recipe for Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges.
When we took a tray of these babies to a party last week, the guests were a bit skeptical, not wanting to devour them and find themselves on the floor an hour later.
The name of this dish might conjure visions of happy hour at a Cancun taqueria. But it turns out, these Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges are delicious -- and surprisingly sophisticated.
The secret here is in the syrup.
The "tequila" in which the fruit is placed is not straight liquor. Instead, it's a simple syrup of sugar, water, tequila and Triple Sec. This combination -- light on the booze -- becomes a fragrant syrup after a brief boil.
Drizzled on watermelon and left to sit for an hour, the fruit and syrup meld into a lovely combination. With a squirt of lime and a dash of salt, Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges are a terrific summery treat, with bright, sharp flavors.
Perhaps these really are what Martha would take a frat party!
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 60 minutes
* 1 small seedless watermelon, red or yellow, quartered and cut into 1-inch-thick wedges
* 1 cup sugar
* 3/4 cup water
* 1/2 cup tequila
* 1/4 cup Triple Sec
* 2 limes, halved or cut into wedges
* Flaked sea salt or coarse salt
1. Arrange watermelon in a single layer in two 9-by-13-inch baking dishes. Bring sugar, water, tequila, and Triple Sec to a boil in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Let cool slightly. Pour syrup over watermelon wedges, and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes.
2. Remove watermelon from syrup, and arrange on a platter. Squeeze limes over melon, and season with salt.