Cheers, y'all! 

There’s no denying Southern folks love summertime. Endless pool days, delicious cookouts, and family vacations make it one of the best times of the year. Even the scorching heat can’t keep us from creating magical memories. Kids stay outside all day catching lightning bugs and making neighborhood friends, while parents take some much-needed time off from work to really enjoy the season. And, what better way to embrace the hot, summer months than kick back with a fresh and fruity cocktail?

Margaritas are no doubt the drink of the season. The ice-cold beverage instantly turns a casual pool day into a celebration, and if you’re looking for a way to upgrade a classic margarita recipe, boy do we have one for you! One ingredient saves the day – watermelon.

The sweet fruit is in season during the summer months, and we suggest pairing it with tequila and a few other things for the ultimate refreshing cocktail. So, what is the secret to making the perfect watermelon margarita you may ask? Follow these simple instructions and you’re friends will beg for the recipe.

First, don’t underestimate the power of watermelon simple syrup. It’s made from fresh watermelon and sugar, but the easy-to-prepare ingredient makes all the difference. It sweetens the lovely cocktail to perfection while also adding more watermelon flavor. Watermelon simple syrup is the best of both worlds, as they say.

Next, it is absolutely essential to select a ripe watermelon. It is the main ingredient, after all. Starting by picking up the fruit; it should feel a bit heavy for its size. Then, give it a thump. It should make a deep, hollow sound. Lastly, watermelons acquire a yellow spot on their underbelly from sitting on the ground. When it is a milky yellow and rather large, the fruit it ready to eat (or drink in this case). Cheers, y’all!