Watermelon Margaritas

By • July 5, 2011 • 18 Comments



Author Notes: I fell in love with this summer cocktail, but it took me several versions to come up with a July 4th cocktail. "Cooking Light" got me started and Ina's "Pineapple Margaritas" helped as well. Finally, from Kelsey AKA The Naptime Chef, I got the helpful hint to sieve the watermelon.

These are pretty potent. I managed to cut my finger as I carved the grilled pork tenderloin, talking over my shoulder to my friend, Jan. Still, they were pretty luscious...
Lizthechef

Serves 4-6, generously

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar or sea salt
  • 1/2 organic lime
  • 6-8 cups cubed, seedless watermelon
  • 2 cups white tequila
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup Cointreau
  • 1 cup triple sec
  • small watermelon balls and lime wedges (optional)
  1. Pour sugar or salt into a wide saucer. Rub the rims of 4 martini glasses with half a lime. Dip and swirl the glasses in the sugar or salt. Freeze the glasses.
  2. Using a processor, puree the chopped watermelon, erring on the "big" idea, since straining will reduce the mixture by half.
  3. Sieve the watermelon puree and set aside.
  4. In a large pitcher, combine the tequila, lime juice, Triple Sec and Cointreau.
  5. Add the watermelon puree. Stir and chill for several hours.
  6. Load a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice. Pour in the chilled cocktail mix and shake. Repeat as needed.
  7. Pour chilled margaritas into sugared glasses. Garnish - or not - with toothpick-loaded small watermelon balls and tiny lime wedges.
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about 3 years ago MyCommunalTable

Yummy. So refreshing.

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about 3 years ago Lizthechef

I made another batch of these - remember, 2 people and a watermelon AKA a ham is like the definition of eternity...I think it tastes better with salt, even though we aren't into salt here. I mean we can't. Health/heart issues.

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about 3 years ago lapadia

So refreshing! Now all I need is sunshine and a pool, oh but I am sure this would be great without. :)

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about 3 years ago Lizthechef

I guess I should have this in an acrylic glass for poolside, but no pool here either - lots of sunshine, though.

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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This is a beautiful thing!

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about 3 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks, Liz, when you get yourself to CA I'll make you one!

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about 3 years ago drbabs

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Liz, I think you have a winner here. :)

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about 3 years ago Lizthechef

You are too kind, drbabs!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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This sounds delicious! Hope your finger is healed.

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about 3 years ago Lizthechef

Nope, still bandaged - think I needed a stich or 2. Thanks!

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about 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I don't drink much if any hard alcohol - EXCEPT for Margaritas. I love them and order them any time we're in a Mexican restaurant. It's Myles' favorite mixed drink, and we're having a house party this weekend with everyone arriving this afternoon. And I've got some watermelon in the frig I really must use. Sounds like I better go get the rest of these ingredients to have these waiting for everyone when they arrive!! Perfect timing for this great recipe! Oh, and the photo is terrific!! How did you get the salt to be so perfectly on the rim!?

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about 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Oh, and thumbs up!!

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about 3 years ago Lizthechef

It's sugar - but try salt, if you wish. We have to watch our sodium. Use lots of watermelon because once it is sieved you need 2 cups of puree. Thanks!

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about 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I ended up with 4 cups puree. Should I just follow the rest of your recipe as is or double everything? Making them now - so fun!!

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about 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

They turned out GREAT, Liz!!! Thanks for a terrific recipe!

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Perfect!!!

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about 3 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks - your icy spicy version looks even better!

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about 3 years ago Lizthechef

Kelsey, your tip put this recipe over the top. Thanks!