Drinks of the week on Martha’s Vineyard

The Barely Legal is a watermelon margarita.
Photo by Ben Williams

The Barely Legal is a watermelon margarita.

Each week The Times seeks out unique drinks, one with alcohol and one without, made on Martha’s Vineyard, and a bit about the place that makes them. Email calendar@mvtimes.com with your suggestions.

The Granola Smoothie at State Road Restaurant

West Tisbury’s contemporary American tavern, State Road, changes its menu with the season, and during the summer it offers a tasty antidote for the heat: a granola smoothie.

A blend of granola, banana, milk (whole milk can be substituted by any type), and ice, this simple smoothie makes for a great light breakfast or compliment to a meal, such as the Fried Green Tomato BLT or the Vineyard Field Greens Salad, which contains pickled fennel, beets, and sunflower seeds from the restaurant’s herb and vegetable gardens.

The drink, $6, is made with State Road’s own granola, oven baked on site by the restaurant’s baker, Rose Sarja. It contains oats, cranberries, golden raisins, almonds, cashews, walnuts, coconut, and sunflower seeds, making for a sweet and healthy ingredient or snack. Bags of granola are sold for $14 alongside the restaurant’s chocolate bars and coffee.

State Road Restaurant is on State Road in West Tisbury. It is open Tuesday through Sunday for breakfast and lunch from 8 am to 2 pm, and every evening for dinner from 5:30 to 10 pm.

For more information, call 508-693-8582 or visit stateroadmv.com.

Barely Legal at The Atlantic Fish and Chop House

The Barely Legal is a watermelon margarita served at The Atlantic and named in honor of the thoroughbred horse of the same name. The restaurant is at the end of Water Street in Edgartown, right on Edgartown Harbor. It features sharp nautical d├ęcor with lots of candles hanging from the ceiling and lots of clients wearing Nantucket Reds.

To make a Barely Legal, they mix Patron Reposado Tequila with simple syrup and Triple Sec. The base is a watermelon puree, which they make fresh every day, and they finish the drink with mint, orange juice, and sliver of lime.

The drink goes down cool and smooth, somewhat similar to the ocean breeze that drifts into The Atlantic from the harbor. The drink is sweet, one of those effortless cocktails that should come with a warning sign lest someone suddenly realize that they’ve downed twice as many as they had intended.

A Barely Legal is $12.50.

The Atlantic Fish and Chop House is open daily from 12 noon to 12:30 am. Contact them at atlanticmv.com or at 508-627-7001.