Watermelon Margaritas

watermleon margaritasYou know those nasty, pre-made margarita mixes that come in a huge jug? Yeah, not a fan. When it comes to the ultimate fiesta beverage, I really think fresh is best -- fresh lime juice, and if you're going to go to scrap the classic style for a fun flavor, ya gotta go with DIY fruit juice.

I actually had fresh watermelon juice for the first time yesterday, and mmmmmm -- it was out of this world. The only thing that could make it any better would probably be a little bit of tequila. So, in the spirit of Hump Day and keeping chill in the middle of the summer, here's a recipe for mixing up your own Watermelon Margaritas!


Watermelon Margaritas from SeriousEats.com (via The Tex Mex Grill and Backyard Barbacoa Cookbook)


  • 1/2 small watermelon
  • 8 ounces simple syrup
  • 4 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 12 ounces gold tequila
  • 8 ounces watermelon liqueur
  • 12 mint leaves


  1. Cut the watermelon into 1-inch cubes, removing the seeds as you go. Place the cubes into a colander set inside a bowl. Stir the cubes gently to extract juice without breaking up the cubes. You should have at least 8 ounces of juice. Put the watermelon cubes on a tray and freeze until solid—about an hour.
  2. Mix the syrup, lime juice, and lemon juice with the watermelon juice. To serve, divide the frozen cubes among 4 glasses. Add the tequila, then the liqueur, and then the juice mixture and stir. Garnish with the mint leaves.


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