One of my favorite memories from childhood is my dad coming home from the grocery store with a giant watermelon during the hot summer months. We’d cut it in half, put it on a TV tray, and watch a show side-by-side eating ice-cold watermelon with our spoons.
While I’m still not a huge fan of cantaloupe or honeydew as an adult, watermelon will forever have a soft spot in my heart. It is synonymous with summer in my mind, and as it turns out, is also refreshing when served in an adult beverage too. Cheers!
WATERMELON ROSE MARGARITAS
- Yields: 4 cocktails
- Inspired by How Sweet Eats
- 1 cup fresh watermelon juice *from 1 small watermelon
- 1 cup good quality tequila *I like Milagro Silver
- 3/4 cup Triple Sec or Grand Marnier
- 1/2 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 1/4 cup simple syrup
- 1 cup dry rosé wine
- lime wedges or thin slices, for serving and garnish
- watermelon slices, for serving and garnish
- sea salt, for garnishing the rim
- For the watermelon juice: I bought one of those smaller, individual sized seedless watermelons. I used a sharp knife to cut the rind and white parts off and then put the watermelon in big slices through my juicer. If you don’t have a juicer, you can place the watermelon in big cubes into a blender until pureed. If using the blender, then strain the pureed watermelon through a fine mesh sieve. Either way, extra watermelon juice can be frozen for future cocktails.
- In a pitcher, add the watermelon juice, tequila, orange liqueur, fresh-squeezed lime juice, simple syrup, and rosé. Stir to combine. Chill in the fridge until ready to serve.
- To serve, take a quartered lime around the rim of a cocktail glass and then dip the rim into a plate with a thin layer of sea salt. Add ice to the glass and pour in the margarita. Add a thinly sliced lime and/or watermelon slice, if desired, for garnish.