Nothing says summer like a freshly cut slice of watermelon. This recipe from our friends at the National Watermelon Promotion Board does the sweet fruit justice in the form of a boozy, colorful cocktail on the rocks. And, it's not just made with watermelon juice – the chef created a watermelon simple syrup from seedless melon and sugar so that the bright, unmistakable flavor is in every sip of the drink. Combine the watermelon juice and watermelon simple syrup with your favorite tequila, some fresh lime juice, and ice, and shake until your summer sipper is perfectly chilled. Serve in glasses rimmed with lime juice and coarse salt (or sugar, if you'd prefer) and add a little watermelon slice as a punchy garnish. Perfect for those garden parties, a 4th of July bash, or your next neighborhood block party – we wouldn't mind a couple of these Watermelon Margaritas ourselves!
Watermelon Simple Syrup
2 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
1 cup sugar
2 cups seedless watermelon
1/2 cup water
4 ounces silver tequila
4 ounces watermelon juice
2 ounces lime juice
1 ounce watermelon simple syrup
Garnishes: Coarse salt, lime wedges
How to Make It
FOR SIMPLE SYRUP: Combine the watermelon and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Use a potato masher or another utensil to mash the watermelon and sugar together, pushing out the liquid and dissolving the sugar. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve set over a bowl or jar, pressing the watermelon to extract all the liquid. Set aside to cool completely. Makes just over 1 cup of simple syrup.
FOR WATERMELON JUICE: Combine the watermelon and water in a blender. Blend until smooth, pour through a fine mesh sieve set over a bowl or jar.
Combine the tequila, watermelon juice, lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until thoroughly chilled, about 30 seconds, and pour into glasses rimmed with lime juice and coarse salt. Garnish with lime wedges and serve imediately.