just before we jump into the long hectic holiday weekend, we’re partnering with Target to style up my upper backyard bonfire space for an easy weekday happy hour. it’s sometimes challenging to decorate quickly and easily on a week night, but it’s also important when you work really hard all week (and as a blogger often weekends, too!) to decompress and refuel your creative energies with like-minded friends. as creatives, a lot of my friends work long hours too, so it’s really nice to have a midweek break to get together, relax with a cocktail and just appreciate life!
we’re also spending a lot more time outdoors, to soak up the warm evening weather, so i’m adding some additional outdoor lounging space with this awesome rolston wicker double chaise – with cute and super comfy black ikat throw pillows. i plan on spending a lot of time relaxing with friends up here all summer long! and when the sun goes down and happy hour goes more than an hour, i’ll be turning on the globe lights and lighting candles in my blown glass lanterns for an extra glow around the fire pit.
i thought i’d share some super easy cocktail and small bite ideas you might find come in handy for low stress, last minute get-togethers. one of my favorite and definitely most refreshing cocktail recipes is this watermelon lime margarita – tastes so fresh and delicious, and best of all it’s so easy to make. serve it with some lime-salt rimmed glasses and it’s very, very good going down. i’m adding some guacamole and chips and my homemade salsa served in Target’s geometric print bowl and serving plates and serving our watermelon margaritas in threshold clear tumblers with some cute sipping straws. easy-peasy and you’re ready to celebrate in laid-back summer style. cheers, everyone and oh, and have a happy 4th too!
WATERMELON LIME MARGARITAS
to make the watermelon lime margarita, you’ll need the following:
- 1 large watermelon
- 3 limes (or concentrated lime juice to taste – about 1/2 cup)
- a handful of fresh mint
- your favorite tequila
- margarita salt for the rim of the glass (i use falksalt’s lime salt flakes)
• Chop up your watermelon in small chunks. Add mint, lime juice and watermelon to high-speed blender or food processor. Blend on high for a good minute and until watermelon has liquefied and mint has broken down. If the liquid still seems pulpy, you can strain it. You can make the mixture in advance and keep cold in a pitcher the fridge for a couple of days.
• rim your glasses with lime juice and dip in salt
• add crushed ice to the glasses and add 1 oz of tequila
• add 3-4 ounces of watermelon mixture to glasses and stir well
• add a straw, a lime wheel, a sprig of mint and enjoy!
• photography by Lily Glass for sfgirlbybay.