A Watermelon Margarita is just made for summer! A refreshing combination of fresh juicy watermelon, tequila & a touch of lime makes this the perfect warm weather thirst quencher.
I don’t know about anyone else but after Memorial Day our family sure had a lot of watermelon left over! Now the question was what to do with it. Of course, there is always Watermelon Cucumber Mint Salad or a delicious Watermelon Pineapple Splash, but my mind immediately went to an alcoholic drink. Must be the heat talking!
I made a Watermelon Sangria last year for July 4th, which was super popular, but this time I wanted something a little on the sweet but tangy side. Umm, fresh juicy watermelon would go perfect with tequila and, being that margaritas are one of my favorite drinks, it just seemed like the thing to do.
And did it ever come out great! It was like drinking summer in a glass. It came out cool and refreshing with just enough tartness to make it a cocktail rather than a punch. My husband and I enjoyed them so much that I know I’ll be making them again real soon.
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 strips of lime peel
- 1/4 cup simple syrup or agave nectar, adjust to your liking
- 3 cups watermelon, cut up
- 1/2 cup tequila
- 2 Tablespoons Triple Sec
- 2 Tablespoons lime juice
- Crushed ice
Place sugar, water and lime peel in a small saucepan and heat to boiling while continuously stirring.
Continue to simmer for 3 minutes then remove from heat and let cool. Place in a bottle and store in refrigerator and use when simple syrup is called for in a recipe.
In a blender, place simple syrup, watermelon, tequila, triple sec and lime juice and blend until pureed.
This can be done ahead of time and placed in the refrigerator until needed. Blend or stir slightly before pouring into glasses.
Take 2 margarita glasses and rub rim with lime wedge. Dip into salt to lightly coat.
Add crushed ice to glasses and divide contents between both glasses.
Garnish the edge with a lime or a cube of watermelon.
Time to prepare does not include the time it takes to make the simple syrup.