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4th of July

“Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.”  ~Harry Emerson Fosdick

I love that quote, and in honor of our nation’s independence I’m going to do the all-American 4th of July thang…and take the liberty of drinking margaritas! (Donald Trump can just suck my lime on this one.) Here’s the best watermelon margie recipe ever!



Lemon or lime wedge

Coarse salt

1 1/2 ounces tequila

1/2 ounce Aperol (An Italian aperitif made of bitter orange, rhubarb, herbs and other good stuff)

4 watermelon cubes

3/4 ounce lemon juice

1/2 ounce agave

Large ice ball


Cut a slit in a wedge of lemon or lime and run around the rim of a glass; dust with coarse salt. In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, Aperol, 3 watermelon cubes, lemon juice and agave. Shake and strain into glass over a large ice ball (find molds in specialty cookware shops). Dip a watermelon cube in salt to taste, spear with a skewer and balance on rim of glass. Recipe can be doubled to serve 2.

Back to Fosdick for a moment. (I am nothing if not queen of the ultra smooth segue.) I really like his quote on liberty because it cuts across every divide, and we’ve got plenty discord these days. If we could all just sit down and enjoy a beverage together, and maybe even swap footwear so we’d know what it’s like to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, then maybe liberty would be a bit less dangerous. Just a thought.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!

(Who is Harry Fosdick, you ask? He was a Baptist preacher who in the 1920s and 30s made a big splash by advocating for a clear division between religion (Christianity) and government.)

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