Happy almost Cinco de Mayo, friends!
I’ve been laying on the beach in Cabo reading books I’ve collected from Amazon over the past few months. It’s a terrible habit — you know, buying books, reading a few chapters then getting caught up in all my to-do lists.
But here’s something I recently learned about myself: I must take the time to read and listen to other human beings life perspectives on a consistent basis. I know this seems silly and maybe a little obvious, but the insight another person’s life experiences bring me keeps me grounded and thoughtful in my day to day adventures. It keeps me in tune to my emotions, to others and the ability to see outside of my everyday box of life.
So, finishing all those books is now at the top of my to-do list.
The other day I was reading a book that said those who succeed don’t really set out to succeed. They fail, they do things wrong, they never begin the right way — most important though, is that they try again and again. They learn from their experiences and mistakes and that my friends, allows them to grow both personally and professionally. It is the non-conformists who succeed.
Lately I feel like everywhere I turn, there’s an app or an article telling me how to be more productive or how to accomplish everything in the world as quickly as possible. Sometimes I wonder if what we need more of is SLOWING DOWN and appreciating the time we have.
Recently I read this article about wasting time and it struck a chord with me. It says that being unproductive and wasting time re-charging your battery, is in fact, time well spent. Read the article. Embrace it. And then drink a sweet and spicy watermelon margarita and say F your crazy to-do list for a little while.
I’ve been relaxing all week with margaritas and it’s been incredibly wonderful. Toes painted, book in my hand, tennis, plenty of chips and guac, and quality time away from the world wide web. Life is simply what it should be in this very moment.
So, in an effort to share my relaxation with you, here’s a fabulous recipe for SKINNY jalapeno watermelon margaritas. They’re one of my favorite cocktails I’ve ever had because they’re naturally sweetened with watermelon juice and just a touch of agave. No weird-ass mixers in my marg.
They can, of course, be made without jalapenos, but what’s the fun in that? A little spice in life will do you good.
So drink up, enjoy life, relax and drink a marg this weekend. Cheers friends! xo
See how to make the watermelon margaritas:
If you make this recipe, leave a comment below or tag #ambitiouskitchen on Instagram!
Skinny Jalapeño Watermelon Margaritas
- ¼ cup Silver Tequila
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (about 1 small lime)
- ¼ cup fresh watermelon juice*
- 2-4 jalapeño slices, depending on how spicy you like it.
- 1 teaspoon agave nectar
- Ice, for shaking
- Coarsely ground sea salt
Add salt to a small plate. Use a lime wedge to wet the rim of the glass; dip the top of the glass in the salt, rolling from side to side until well coated.
Next fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila, lime juice, watermelon juice, jalapeno slices, and agave nectar. Put on the lid and shake for 15-30 seconds; strain the liquid into a glass and garnish with a fresh watermelon wedge. (You can also add a few jalapeno slices to the bottom of the glass, but only if you like it extra spicy!) Taste and add extra sweetener if necessary.
You can double, triple or quadruple this recipe.
To make fresh watermelon juice: Simply blend ½-1 cup seedless watermelon cubes, then pour over a fine mesh strainer into a glass. Measure out what you need for the margaritas.
To make a pitcher: For 8 drinks you will need: 2 cups silver tequila, 1 cup lime juice, 2 cups watermelon juice 1-2 jalapenos (sliced), 2 ½-3 tablespoons agave nectar. Pour into a large pitcher, add ice and stir well with a wooden spoon until well combined. Enjoy!
Photography: Sarah Fennel