• Cinco de Mayo

Watermelon Margaritas

Let’s face it. Tacos are great and all but Cinco de Mayo is really all about having an excuse to have a really good, icy cool, fruity margarita.  So this Cinco de Mayo…or any hot day this summer…whip up a batch of these fresh and tasty Watermelon Margaritas to beat the heat.  They are light and refreshing because the fresh blended watermelon juice is so delicate and fruity but not overly sweet.  So to add the sweetness to the margarita I added in a little bit of lime simple syrup.  The simple syrup can be made several days in advance and just stored in the fridge. I used the zest of the limes, along with the juice to give it extra flavor.  Personally I don’t think it’s necessary to strain the zest out but it’s up to you.  This simple syrup alone is a great sweetener for anything.  In fact, fresh watermelon juice mixed with a touch of lemonade and lime simple syrup makes a wonderful and special lemonade for the kiddos or as a non-alcoholic version of this recipe. But back to the good stuff…

To make the watermelon juice you just add about a half of a personal sized watermelon, cut into chunks, into the blender or Vitamix.  You want about 2 1/2 cups total watermelon juice for this recipe.  Doesn’t have to be exact.  Then to that you simply add the lime simple syrup, fresh lime juice, tequila, orange liquor, and ice to the blender.  Blend to incorporate and then taste it.  Margaritas are a personal taste and you may like yours a little sweeter or a little stronger.  If too sweet add more fresh lime juice.  Not sweet enough?  Add a little bit more lime simple syrup.  Not strong enough?  You got it.  Tequila is the answer.  But be careful on the Tequila because when it’s blended it tends to taste less strong than it really is.  And a word about the ice.  I added about 3 cups or so to the blender and then added a little extra to the glass when I served it.  Garnish with watermelon and lime and serve with some tasty tacos!

 

 

 

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Watermelon Margaritas

Prep Time: 15 mins
Serves: 4 people

Ingredients

  • Lime Simple Syrup
  • 1 cups sugar
  • ¾ cups cup water
  • 2 limes, zest of and quartered
  • Watermelon Margaritas
  • 2 ½ cups fresh watermelon juice (about ½ of a personalized watermelon)
  • 1 ¼ cups good quality Tequila
  • 3/4 cup lime simple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons orange liquor
  • 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Approximately 3 cups crushed ice
  • Fresh limes and watermelon slices for garnish (optional)
  • Margarita salt or kosher salt for rim(optional)

Method

  1. Lime Simple Syrup
  2. In a medium sauce pan combine the sugar, water, zest of 2 limes, and then the quartered pieces of lime. Bring to a simmer and stir until the sugar is just dissolved then turn off the heat. You don’t want to caramelize sugar. Let the limes sit in the mixture for an hour or more and discard the limes. Refrigerate until ready to use. Can be made several days ahead.
  3. Watermelon Margaritas
  4. In a blender or Vitamix add in chunks of watermelon and puree until smooth.
  5. To that add the tequila, simple syrup, orange liquor, lime juice and ice. Blend until the ice is incorporated. Taste and adjust sweetness or liquor ratio to taste.
  6. Rub a little bit of lime around the rims of the glasses and dip them in the salt. Fill each glass and garnish with fresh watermelon and lime.

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