Southern Living

Recipe: Watermelon-Mint Margaritas

A bright, frozen cocktail is the perfect way to beat the Southern summer heat. Whether you're hoping to whip up a batch to sip by the pool or planning for a girls' trip to the beach, these Watermelon-Mint Margaritas are a delicious excuse to enjoy an afternoon outside. Juicy watermelon is paired with fresh mint and lime zest for refreshing sweet-and-tart blend. And, of course, you can't forget to add in a hearty helping of tequila! This is a great way to use up any leftover watermelon you've got sitting in the fridge. If you like your watermelon with a sprinkle of salt, try this cocktail with a salt rim instead of a sugar rim. And, be sure to top each margarita glass with a sprig of fresh mint before serving.

To start your colorful Watermelon-Mint Margaritas, freeze leftover watermelon in a single layer on a baking sheet. Wait about four hours for the fruit to harden completely; this will be the icy component of your cocktail. Next, prepare your margarita glasses. Dip the rims into lime juice before dipping into sugar. If you'd like to dress up your rims a bit more, add a little lime zest into the sugar mixture before rimming the glasses. From here, it's all about blending. Add your frozen watermelon, tequila, sugar, lime zest, and mint leaves into the blender and process until slushy. If you'd like to omit the alcohol, swap in 1/2 cup of orange or apple juice. Add a sprig of fresh mint, and you're ready to sip on a little bit of summer.

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