These margaritas are dedicated to my sister-in-law, Laci. When I asked what would be delicious at a summer BBQ, she said "Maybe you can make cantaloupe taste better because it's currently the worst melon." For me, it is slightly edged out by Honeydew. What does honeydew even taste like? Nothing. That said, I'm not a big cantaloupe fan either. As it turns out, if you throw it in some lime juice and tequila, anything tastes good!
These cantaloupe jalapeño margaritas taste mostly like traditional margaritas. The melon flavor is more like....a suggestion. It provides a freshness and a familiar melon flavor. The lime and tequila hit the palate first, then a hint of melon and some warmth from the jalapeño.
Margaritas may not seem like the most paleo-friendly option, but I think that fermented foods are some of the most "paleo" foods. Without any modes of preservation, food naturally ferments. It's hard for me to imagine a time when there wasn't alcohol, yogurt, and sauerkraut. That said, alcohol can be hard on the body, and I don't recommend consuming it very regularly. This cocktail is made with real food ingredients, nothing refined, nothing fake. So if you're going to drink, this is the way to do it! If you're not into it, try this other melon drink instead.
Cantaloupe Jalapeno Margaritas
1c cantaloupe juice (about 4c chopped cantaloupe)
1/2c lime juice (about 4 limes)
1/2c 100% agave tequila
- Put the cantaloupe in a blender, and blend until liquified, then pour through a mesh strainer. Use only the liquid, throw away the pulp. Alternatively, run the cantaloupe through a juicer.
- Juice the limes. Room temperature limes will yield more juice. Set both juices aside for now.
- Slice up the jalapeño, and add it to a small pan along with the water and honey. Cook over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Then, turn the heat down to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
- In a pitcher, combine the cantaloupe and lime juices, the tequila, and 3T of the jalapeño syrup. Whisk or shake to combine.
- Pour into glasses over ice.
If you're serving these margaritas at your next cookout, snap a photo and post it on Instagram for me to see! Don't forget to tag me at #ideatthatfoodtoo. If you want to save this recipe for later, click the image below to Pin it.