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Saturday, July 29, 2017

I Carried a Watermelon Margarita | Dirty Dancing #FoodnFlix

I Carried a Watermelon Margarita | Dirty Dancing #FoodnFlix
I Carried a Watermelon Margarita | Dirty Dancing #FoodnFlix
We headed back to the 80's for this month's edition of Food 'n Flix with one of the best coming-of-age chick flicks of all-time, Dirty Dancing! This is one of those movies that I've seen so many times I could recite it in my sleep. I owned it on VHS, I own it on DVD, and I can't resist stopping to watch it when I come across it while flipping channels on TV. Plus, the soundtrack! I had it on tape and remember listening to one side and flipping it over in my walkman...or dual cassette deck stereo with record player...time and time again.

I have tons of ideas for a fun Dirty Dancing inspired menu. If I ever throw a Dirty Dancing party...and it's my's the menu that I imagine will garner all sorts of hungry eyes:
  • Cabbage Roll Soup (inspired by the scene where Neil takes Baby to the kitchen)
  • Pot Roast with Southeast Asian flavors (inspired by the scene where Mr. Houseman makes a comment about Baby wanting to box up her leftover potroast and send it to Southeast Asia)
  • Dirty Mashed Potatoes - "dirty" being a hearty drizzling of brown butter (inspired by Baby's first glimpse of the staff dirty dancing to Do You Love Me...I can mashed potato...)
  • Tropical Fruit Sald (also inspired by that Neil and Baby kitchen scene, as well as Lisa's "tropical fruit" ensemble)
  • Cold Spaghetti Salad (inspired by Johnny telling Baby that she has "Spaghetti Arm")
  • Jujubes Dessert Bar - further details to be worked out (inspired by the scene when Johnny tells Baby "last month I'm eatin' Jujubes to stay alive...")
  • I Carried a Watermelon Cocktails - a mix-it-yourself bar with ingredients for margaritas, mojitos, and other watermelon-based cocktails (inspired by the classic "I carried a watermelon" scene)
Watermelon Margarita
So, while I wish I could have made more...all...of these dishes, between surgery, recovery, and everyday life, I found myself in a perpetual state of being behind this month. So, sliding in with a cocktail at the eleventh hour it is.

But it's a fun cocktail! I highly recommend using the frozen fruit ball technique whenever you make a cocktail, to eliminate the watering down of your drink. Plus, you get the bonus treat of boozy fruit at the bottom of your empty glass. Perfect for pitchers and punch bowls, as well (try it with all sorts of melons, pineapple, apples, pears, mangoes—you name it)!
Watermelon Margarita with Icy Watermelon Balls
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This month's edition of Food 'n Flix is being hosted by Sarah at Chef Sarah Elizabeth with her pick, Dirty Dancing; submissions are due July 30, 2017.

Join us next month as we head into the kitchen with our host Courtney of Fictional Fare with her pick, Secondhand Lions.

For inspiration, check out the Food 'n Flix website (click on any of the roundups listed to see what participants have been inspired to make by the movie choice), all of my past Food 'n Flix posts, or my Food 'n Flix Pinterest board!

Yield: 1 cocktail
Watermelon Margarita with Frozen Watermelon Balls recipe

I Carried a Watermelon Margarita

prep time: 5 MINScook time: total time: 5 mins
The frozen watermelon balls in this recipe will keep your margarita cold without diluting it. Multiplies easily to make a cocktails for a crowd.


  • 1/2 cup pureed watermelon
  • 4 ounces tequila (your favorite kind)
  • 2 ounces cup Licor 43
  • 1-2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • simple syrup or agave nectar, to taste
  • frozen watermelon balls, as many as you'd like (SEE NOTES)


  1. Place all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice, adding lime juice and sweetener, to taste. Shake it like you got it.
  2. If you like, rim a cocktail glass with sugar or salt. Fill with ice or frozen watermelon balls (see notes below), and then strain the margarita into the glass. Enjoy cold!
  1. Try adding a few fresh mint leaves to the cocktail shaker first, bruising them with a muddler before adding remaining ingredients. Add a sprig of mint as garnish.
  2. Multiply the ingredients to make a pitcher-full for a party.
  1. Use a melon baller to cut balls from a watermelon. Lay them in a single layer on a plate or tray; freeze until solid. If you're not using them right away, transfer to a freezer baggie until needed. Add to cocktail glass before adding the cocktail, in place of ice.
  2. I love using these in place of ice because they don't dilute the cocktail...and then you're left with booze-soaked watermelon balls to munch on when you're done with your cocktail.
  3. Make a whole watermelon's worth of balls and freeze the whole batch if you're making a pitcher of margaritas!
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