Friday, August 26, 2011

Compressed Watermelon Tequila Bites

Compressed Watermelon Tequila Bites

1/2 of a small seedless watermelon, peeled and cut into bite-sized cubes
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. tequila
1/4 c. lime juice

Divide watermelon cubes among two food-grade plastic bags and set aside.

Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and set saucepan in an ice bath to rapidly chill. Once the syrup is cool, stir in tequila and lime juice.

Divide the tequila syrup between the two watermelon bags. Using a chamber vacuum, compress each bag on HIGH. Refrigerate at least an hour, but 2 days seems to be the magic number.

NOTES: I totally winged this recipe, and it turned out really well.  The watermelon takes on a sort of meaty quality when compressed, and the tequila infusion packed quite a punch. These would make excellent party snacks, but be careful – it’s easy to get boozy without realizing what’s going on.

1 comment:

  1. You should consider using the leftover watermelon in a puree, reduced by half, add the tequila and then lime until the tequila flavour is almost neutral, and then take that puree ( about 100ml per bag ) and vacuum seal it, you'll get a much more vibrant cube this way, and you don't waste any watermelon. Whatever you don't use in the cubes, makes a great tequila watermelon beverage.