Friday, August 1, 2014

Drinks in a GIF: Head out to Folly for a watermelon marg from Rita's

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Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 2:17 PM

If you're out at Folly Beach on a hot day and you've got a hankerin' for a marg, someone will likely send you to Rita's Seaside Grill. Inside Rita's you'll find Robert Tucker tending the bar, ready to make you one of his specialties for hot summer afternoons: watermelon margaritas.

click to enlarge Robert Tucker at Rita's - SAM SPENCE
  • Sam Spence
  • Robert Tucker at Rita's

The key, Robert says, is insisting on fresh ingredients whether you're whipping together your own cocktail or asking for one at your favorite watering hole. The guys at Rita's went through almost 100 watermelon margaritas during a single shift around Memorial Day, so you know these things gotta be good.

In today's Drinks in a GIF, we asked Rita's to show us how they craft their crowd-favorite watermelon marg, here's how it goes:

  • Half a lime
  • A few chunks of watermelon
  • Half-ounce simple syrup
  • Milagro silver tequila
  • Orange liqueur like Grand Marnier or Cointreau
  • Ice

1. Muddle the lime and watermelon together in your shaker
2. Add simple syrup
2. Add generous shot of tequila and a little less liqueur
3. Fill shaker with ice and shake to mix
4. Strain finished margarita into salt-rimmed glass, garnish with another watermelon slice if you're feeling fancy
5. You know.

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