if summer was a fruit, it would be watermelon. At long last, after a very long, cold and rainy spring – summer is officially here. Temperatures have spiked, pools are open and our beaches are packed! I’m sharing my “go to” recipe for summer’s ultimate cocktail, Watermelon Margaritas. They are so delicious!
My inspo for this recipe came about during dinner one night. Kerry and I took the kids to the Little Barn restaurant in Westport, Connecticut. If you live in CT and haven’t yet been, Little Barn is one of the coolest places around to eat, drink, and listen to music. And when a live band is playing, dancing in this pub is a total blast.
The food is amazing, the staff is always friendly and all this makes it a great choice for date night or a family dinner. When we were there, I noticed that Watermelon Margaritas were on the “specials menu” and of course I had to try it. It tasted like summer and it was all the inspiration I needed to duplicate the recipe at home!
Watermelon Margarita Recipe
The recipe uses all the same ingredients that you would use in a classic margarita, but the mildness of the watermelon makes it more mellow. I played around and experimented with the percentages of all the ingredients until I landed on a recipe that I loved. This can be made ahead of time, stored in the refrigerator and served over ice when your guests arrive. I didn’t salt the rims, which in hindsight, I wish I did. Salt would have enhanced the flavor of the watermelon. Below is the recipe and step-by-step photo instructions. I hope you try this at home. Enjoy!
Watermelon Margarita Recipe – Serves 4
- One quarter of a regular size watermelon, cut into chunks (reserve some for garnish)
- 8 oz tequila (I prefer Patron)
- 4 oz triple sec (I prefer Cointreau)
- 4 oz fresh lime juice
- 2 oz simple syrup
- Salt for the rims (optional)
Cut the watermelon into chunks, reserving 4 slices (with the rind on) to garnish the glasses. Put the watermelon chunks into a blender and blend until it becomes liquid. You will need to use a fork (or similar) to push the watermelon down into the bottom of the blender until there is enough liquid to “catch” the watermelon that’s on the top. Using a fine sieve strainer, strain the watermelon puree into a cocktail shaker. You want only the juice, straining it removes the pulp and seeds. Add the tequila, triple sec, lime juice and simple syrup and shake until mixed. Using a lime, moisten the rims of the glasses with lime juice and dip in salt. Next, fill the cup with ice and add the watermelon margarita. Garnish with a slice of watermelon. Cheers!