Thursday, July 2, 2009

Watermelon Margaritas

The now-closed, Ocean Drive, in SoNo, used to make the most amazing watermelon margaritas in the summertime. Lately, I have been dreaming of one & decided to try to re-create them at home.
These margaritas are very similar to the classic ones I make, in that they are real margaritas...and not some sickeningly sweet frozen concoction. If you are looking for something sweet, by all means, add some simple syrup, or superfine sugar to these & it should suit your taste.

Begin by filling half your blender with some cubed, ripe watermelon. Add in about 2 cups of ice,

the juice of 2 limes,

6 ounces of good-quality white tequila & 2 ounces of Grand Marnier, or Cointreau.

Blend & serve over ice, with a wedge of watermelon.

Watermelon Margarita

Adapted from the Food Network
Serves 4

Ripe seedless watermelon, cut into 1" cubes (about 3-4 cups)
2 limes, juiced
4 ounces good quality white tequila
2 ounces orange flavored liqueur (Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
Ice (2-3 cups)
Watermelon wedges, for garnish

Fill half a blender with the cubed watermelon. Add about 2 cups ice.
Add the tequila, liqueur, and lime juice. Blend until watermelon is pureed & the ice is crushed.
In a serving glass, pour the margarita over ice & garnish with a wedge of watermelon (if desired).
Note: If your watermelon is not particularly sweet you can add some simple syrup, or superfine sugar to the blender.
Click here for the printable recipe.


Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

That sounds disgusting.

Anonymous said...

amazing photos!

Anonymous said...

Can you please categorize your "labels" in alphabetical order.

kate said...

Emily, my darling sister,
stop freaking posting anonymously, so i know when it's you leaving nasty comments!
love you.

p.s. you should try a little watermelon in your margarita. you might just like it.
or better yet, sub strawberries & do the same thing!

Anonymous said...


kate said...

i'm glad you are using my favorite new perez term!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, now I can find "drinks" easier.

kate said...

now, find your password.

Claire said...

I am drinking one of these right now! I had the sober foresight to take pictures first, so I posted one on my blog with a link back to yours. Happy 4th!

Q. said...

Beautiful photos! I've been craving Watermelon lately, but can never eat up a whole one. This is a great way to make use of all that melon! I may make these at my "low country dinner party" a few weeks from now. YUM!

Amanda Mae said...

I made this.. and it was GOOD. Thanks for sharing. :)

Jennifer Kepler said...

If I could just find decent tequila here in Belgium- anyway great recipe- only one suggestion - time allowing- freeze your watermelon pieces before using- I like my drinks super cold on a hot summers day - and this little tip someone once shared with me really seems to work!
thanks for the lovely recipes!

Girl Foodie said...

I can't WAIT to try this this summer!
I miss margs since moving from AZ to the UK :-(
I "stumbled on" your blog and I LOVE it!

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