Traditional margaritas call for triple sec, tequila, and lime or lemon juice. Fruit-flavored margaritas are a staple. These watermelon margaritas are a sweeter way to keep cool in the summer, but if you like the taste of summer, you can have this margarita all year long. Freezing the watermelon beforehand creates a slushy, frozen cocktail without the ice.
- 5 cups watermelon (about one 3 to 4-pound melon, cubed, seeds and rind removed)
- 1 cup silver tequila
- 1/2 cup Cointreau or triple sec
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (or frozen lime concentrate)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- Watermelon slices for garnish (optional)
- Create a simple syrup by whisking together the sugar and 1/4 cup of water.
- Heat the mixture in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once the sugar has completely dissolved, remove from heat and let cool.
- Add the simple syrup into the blender with the frozen watermelon. Blend until smooth.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and blend until the consistency of a slush.
- Pour into margarita glasses and garnish with a wedge of watermelon if you like.
Ingredient Substitutions and Fresh Fruit Margarita Tips
Fresh fruit is a great way to make the traditional citrusy margarita a little sweeter. Mango, watermelon, strawberries, pineapple, and cantaloupe are perfect fruits to add to a traditional margarita recipe. They all blend well and are sweet on their own. Add the simple syrup to the frozen fruit and blend, pitch in the alcohol and you've got a party in a glass.
Sugar, Salt, and More: How to Rim a Cocktail Glass
From the first margarita you've had, the salt rim was a signature, but garnish has gone beyond simple salt. Sugar rims with lemon zest, Sriracha salt rims, and everything in between, there is now an endless possibility of colors and flavors to rim your margarita glass.
Once you've settled on your choice of rimming sugars or margarita salts, here's how to actually rim a glass:
- Pass a lime wedge around the outside edge of the glass. The goal is to only have the salt or sugar on the outside of the glass so that it doesn't interfere with the taste of the drink itself.
- Once you wet the outside of the glass, top the glass on its side and roll the stem of the glass between your fingers to cover the entire outer edge.
- Shake off the loose grains of salt or sugar and pour your fruity margarita into the glass.