Everyday Meals

Jewel's Watermelon Margaritas


  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 strips orange zest
  • 2 cups cubed seeded watermelon
  • ¾ cup white tequila
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 1 pinch salt or sugar for rimming glasses
  • 1lime, cut into wedges
  • 2 cups crushed ice, or as needed
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Bring 1/2 cup sugar, water, and orange zest in a small saucepan to boil, stirring constantly. Simmer until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove simple syrup from heat and allow to cool completely.


  • Step 2

    Place watermelon in a blender or food processor. Pulse until pureed.

  • Step 3

    Stir watermelon puree into a large pitcher with simple syrup, tequila, and lime juice.

  • Step 4

    Place a small amount of salt or sugar into a saucer. Rub edge of margarita glasses with a lime wedge to moisten. Lightly dip the rim of the glass into the saucer to rim the glass; tap off excess salt or sugar.

  • Step 5

    Fill rimmed glasses with crushed ice; pour margarita mixture into glasses and garnish with lime wedges to serve.

  • Cook's Notes:

    Fill sugar or salt rimmed glasses with crushed ice, then pour margarita mixture over top. Garnish with a lime wedge.

    To make a frozen version, crush 1.5 cups of ice in a high-quality blender. Add watermelon, tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup and blend until smooth.

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