Cantaloupe and mint are two of the most refreshing flavors of the season. We combine them, along with a generous amount of lemon juice and tequila, in this recipe to create a cool, invigorating summer drink.
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups water, separated
10 mint sprigs, separated
6 cups chopped cantaloupe (from 1 [3-lb.]
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 1 large
2 cups cold water
1 1/4 cups tequila
Combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup water, and 5 mint
sprigs in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high, stirring
until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and cool completely
(about 30 minutes). Discard mint sprigs.
Process 6 cups chopped cantaloupe and 1/2 cup water in a
blender until smooth, about 1 minute, stopping to scrape down
sides as needed. Pour mixture through a ×ne wire-mesh strainer
into a pitcher, discarding solids. Stir in mint syrup, 1/4 cup fresh
lemon juice, 2 cups cold water, 1 1/4 cups tequila, and 5 mint sprigs.
Chill until very cold, about 4 hours.
Serve over ice, and garnish with mint sprigs and