I can’t think of a better way to kick off your Cinco de Mayo celebrations than with this watermelon margarita recipe!
This recipe by The National Watermelon Promotion Board takes minimal effort to make and its vibrant color just screams summer. The watermelon margarita has tequila and lime combined with watermelon sweetness for the perfect drink to enjoy all summer long.
Naturally, the quality of your watermelon makes a huge difference in the flavor of your watermelon juice, so make sure to pick a good one. Watermelons grow on vines that run along the ground, developing a light-colored patch on their undersides where the sun doesn’t reach. Pick up a watermelon and look for that patch, also called a field spot. If it’s yellow, that means the melon was ripe when it was picked. If it’s white or green, it was probably picked too soon and isn’t ripe.
Tip: If you like your drink with a spicy kick, you can add a few jalapeño slices to the mix.
Watermelon simple syrup
- lime wedges
- Make the simple syrup by combining the watermelon and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Use a potato masher or another utensil to mash the watermelon and sugar together, pushing out the liquid and dissolving the sugar.
- Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl or jar, pressing the watermelon to extract all the liquid.
- Set aside to cool completely. (Makes just over 1 cup of simple syrup)
- Next, make the watermelon juice by combining the watermelon and water in a blender.
- Blend until smooth, pour through a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl or jar.
- To assemble the margaritas, use a lime wedge to line the rims of two glasses with juice. Dip the glasses in coarse salt and carefully fill the glasses with ice.
- Next, combine the tequila, watermelon juice, lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake until thoroughly chilled, about 30 seconds, and pour into the prepared glasses. Garnish with lime wedges and serve!