IT’S AUGUST!!! Let’s keep cool and stay hydrated with INFUSED WATERMELON! Chef Anthony Alexander‘s awesome recipe has two versions – one with tequila (top) and one with a delicious, alcohol-free, spiced limeade (bottom)!!

Be sure to stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 where we’ll be sharing fabulous, original dishes to show-off your luscious infused melon! [Wanna learn more about this web series? Check out our 2-min intro video!]

What you’ll need:

A bottle of your favorite tequila. We used Jose Cuervo Silver. (750 ml/fifth)
A large mason jar. We used a 2 liter jar.
A small funnel. (You can always skip the jar and funnel steps and add ingredients directly to the bottle, but you’ll want to remove some of the tequila from the bottle before inserting your spices so you have plenty of room to shake it daily!)
A mesh strainer. (A spoon with your fingers would also work if you don’t have a mesh strainer!)
A large watermelon
2 tbsp. coriander seeds*
1 tbsp. whole black peppercorns*
2 Kaffir lime leaves*
Finish with a pinch of salt
Garnish with hot sauce or chipotle powder (optional)

*Add more for a stronger flavor.

Now watch the video to see how we put it all together! While you’re there, why not just subscribe to our channel??! 😉

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Spiced Limeade Watermelon!

What you’ll need:
1 liter of water
2 tbsp. coriander seeds*
1 tbsp. whole black peppercorns*
2 Kaffir lime leaves*
2 limes – both the zest and juice!
1/4 cup sugar. (We like Sugar in the Raw)
A mesh strainer. (A spoon and your fingers would also work if you don’t have a mesh strainer!)
A large watermelon
A small funnel
A small-mouthed bottle such as an empty 2-liter soda bottle. (A longer-necked bottle would be handy if you have one.)
Finish with a pinch of salt
Garnish with hot sauce or chipotle powder (optional)

*Add more for a stronger flavor.

What to do:

Fill a medium pot with the water and add the coriander, peppercorns, Kaffir lime leave, lime zest and juice, and suger. Bring to a boil then cover and allow to simmer over med-low heat for about 45 minutes. Allow to cool. Strain or manually remove solids from your liquid “stock”. Pour the liquid into a small-mouthed bottle using the funnel. Cut a hole in the watermelon – approximately 1.5″ x 1.5″ wide and approximately 1.5-2″ deep. Carefully invert the your bottle and insert it as deeply and firmly into the melon as possible. Lean the bottle against your kitchen wall for support if needed. Now go have fun and allow your limeade to absorb into the melon for about 4 hours (or until the liquid is gone from the bottle)! Cut your beautiful, infused melon into individual-sized pieces, add salt and/or hot sauce to taste, and ENJOY!!

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