Watermelon Margaritas
posted in: Beverages        date: 04.30.14

Watermelon Margarita

Clara loves fruits of all kinds, but she is especially fond of watermelon. I picked one up recently, and we’ve been snacking on it as an after-dinner dessert. I sprinkled salt on a few of my pieces and couldn’t help but laugh to myself when I remembered how gross I thought that was when I was a kid. My dad always tried to get me to eat a bite of watermelon with salt, telling me it made the watermelon taste sweeter, and I thought that was the dumbest thing ever. My kid self just knew there was no way salt could make something taste sweet.

Fast forward twenty-something years, and I now know my dad was right. I’ve made enough baked goods to know that even sweet foods need salt. I’ve also grown to love the salty-sweet combination that seems so prevalent these days. Salt on chocolate? I’m there. Salty caramel? Oh yes.

While I was enjoying my salted watermelon slices, one and only one thing was on my mind: margaritas. Eric is the drink master around here and helped me come up with this recipe, and it might be one of my favorites yet. Fresh watermelon is combined with the usual margarita ingredients, and the Old Bay salt rim gives it an extra punch. Forget sickly sweet margarita mixes, and give one with fresh fruit a try. I guarantee you the results will speak for themselves. We’ll be sipping on these all summer long.

  • YIELD: 2 drinks
Ingredients
  • Coarse salt and Old Bay seasoning for rims, optional

  • 4 ounces fresh watermelon juice

  • 3 ounces tequila

  • 1½ ounces orange liqueur

  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

  • Splash of agave nectar, optional, for a sweeter drink

Directions
  • 1

    Wet the rims of two rocks glasses with the spent lime and dip in a mixture of salt and Old Bay (to taste). Fill the glasses with ice.

  • 2

    Combine the watermelon juice, tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and agave nectar (if using) in a shaker. Add ice and shake until combined and well chilled. Strain into prepared glasses and garnish with a wedge of watermelon, if desired. Serve immediately.

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  • Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    Let’s hear it for Margaritas! This one is a new one! Yes! Can you tell that I love them!

  • Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    Let’s hear it for Margaritas! This one is a new one! Yes! Can you tell that I love them!

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    Oh man, I love me some salted watermelon. And in marg form? Sign. Me. Up. (post-baby, of course ;))

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    Oh man, I love me some salted watermelon. And in marg form? Sign. Me. Up. (post-baby, of course ;))

  • Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This is such a freaking unreal recipe. LOVE!

  • This is such a freaking unreal recipe. LOVE!

  • simplebites

    My summer needs more of these drinks in it! Can’t wait. We’re actually growing a few melons this year, so we’ll see how that goes. 🙂

  • simplebites

    My summer needs more of these drinks in it! Can’t wait. We’re actually growing a few melons this year, so we’ll see how that goes. 🙂

  • This sounds like the perfect summer cocktail! Super refreshing and full of fruit. I love it!

  • This sounds like the perfect summer cocktail! Super refreshing and full of fruit. I love it!

  • I would have thought that maybe watermelon juice was too watery for margaritas but you’ve proven me wrong! I’m sure that salt rim makes it even more sweet. 🙂

    • I was a little worried about that, too, but it ended up working really well. I’m excited to try this recipe with other juices now!

  • I would have thought that maybe watermelon juice was too watery for margaritas but you’ve proven me wrong! I’m sure that salt rim makes it even more sweet. 🙂

    • I was a little worried about that, too, but it ended up working really well. I’m excited to try this recipe with other juices now!

  • julieseatsandtreats

    This looks like a great refreshing drink for the summer months! Pinned!

  • julieseatsandtreats

    This looks like a great refreshing drink for the summer months! Pinned!