For #NationalTequilaDay, there were fresh watermelon margaritas. The thing I loved about this recipe is its lack of added sweetness; therefore, is it absolutely essential that you use the ripest, sweetest, watermelon you can find. Select melons that feel heavy for their size, and try thumping the end–it should sound hollow rather than high pitched. The underside should be creamy yellow and not green.
Mixing up the cocktail is super simple: you’ll need tequila (I prefer silver/blanco, but you could use reposado, if you like. Save the anejo for sipping neat). You’ll need some sort of orange liqueur. I am partial to Cointreau, but Grand Marnier or even triple sec will work. For the watermelon juice, I blitzed up a few cups of watermelon with my hands and a strainer. You can use a blender or purchase watermelon juice–your choice. You’ll need limes, ice and salt for the rim (Maldon for me). I like to top my margaritas with club soda or seltzer for a lighter flavor, but it’s optional.
Fresh Watermelon Margarita
A refreshing take on a traditional margarita using watermelon, tequila, and orange liqueur.
- 3 ounces silver tequila
- 1 cup watermelon juice
- juice of three limes
- 1.5 ounces Gran Marnier triple sec, or Cointreau
- lime seltzer for topping (optional)
- mint leaves
- watermelon spears
Fill two glasses with ice.
In a shaker, combine watermelon juice, lime juice, tequila, and liqueur.
Divide mixture into cups, top with seltzer (optional) and garnish with a sprig of mint and a watermelon spear.