Watermelon Margaritas: Cool Off This Summer

In The Imbibery and Distillery by Christine McKellar

Watermelon is so refreshing in the hot dog days of summer. Add some tequila and crushed ice and a few other items and ARRIBA! You have a very refreshing Margarita on hand! Serve it on Memorial Day too and impress your guests!




1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup water

3 strips orange zest

Organic Navel Oranges

2 cups cubed seeded watermelon

3/4 cup white tequila

1/4 cup lime juice salt or sugar for rimming glasses (optional)

1 lime, cut into wedges

2 cups crushed ice, or as needed


Bring 1/2 cup sugar, water, and orange zest in a small saucepan to boil, stirring constantly. Simmer until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove simple syrup from heat and allow to cool completely.

Place watermelon in a blender or food processor. Pulse until pureed.

Stir watermelon puree into a large pitcher with simple syrup, tequila, and lime juice.

Place a small amount of salt or sugar into a saucer. Rub edge of margarita glasses with a lime wedge to moisten. Lightly dip the rim of the glass into the saucer to rim the glass; tap off excess salt or sugar.

Fill rimmed glasses with crushed ice; pour margarita mixture into glasses and garnish with lime wedges to serve.