At poolside this summer, bring your temperature down with this refreshing melon cooler. Blended in minutes, the drink is laced with that wonderful south-of-the border specialty – Tequila.

While swimming, tanning or just lounging around, our Melon-Tequila Cooler will make you feel relaxed in no time.

Prep time: 3 minutes
Serves: 2

1-1/2 cups cut-up cantaloup melon (cut in 1-inch pieces)
2 to 3 shots Tequila
3-1/2 cups ice cubes
2 tablespoons granulated sugar (optional)
1 lime, sliced (for garnish)
2 sprigs mint leaves (for garnish)

1. In a blender, mix together the melon and Tequila shots.

2. Add 2 cups ice cubes and pulse-blend until slushy.

3. Add 1-1/2 cups more ice cubes and pulse-blend once more. Adjust Tequila level and add sugar, if desired.

4. Divide the drink among two tall glasses and garnish with lime slices and sprigs of mint.

Text and Photograph ©2012 Nancy DeLucia Real.