Bold Spicy Watermelon Margarita
These watermelon margaritas are refreshing, with a kick! They’re easy to make and naturally sweetened. Skip the chili powder and jalapeño for a classic watermelon margarita! The watermelon juice and rim
- 1 small seedless watermelon, or half of a larger watermelon
- 1 part kosher salt
- 1 part ancho chili powder or regular chili powder
- Lime wedges
Ingredients per margarita
- 2 ounces fresh watermelon juice
- 1 ½ ounces tequila, preferably 100% De los Dorados Tequila or Batanga Tequila
- ¾ ounce fresh lime juice
- ½ ounce fresh orange juice
- ½ teaspoon agave nectar or simple syrup, more to taste
- 1 thinly sliced jalapeño round (¼th inch wide, a little goes a long way!)
- Optional garnish: 1 tiny watermelon wedge
- To make the watermelon juice, scoop the watermelon flesh into your blender and blend until it has turned into a smooth juice. Depending on your watermelon, you may or may not need to strain out the pulp (if it’s too pulpy for your liking, pour it through a fine mesh strainer, pressing the liquid through with a big spoon).
- To prepare your margarita glasses: On a small, rimmed plate, mix together equal parts salt and chili powder. I like to use my fingers to rub the chili powder into the salt (be sure to wash your hands afterward). Run a wedge of lime around the top of each glass. Dip the top of the glass into the salt blend at a 45-degree angle and roll it from side to side to catch the salt. Add ice cubes to your glass and set it aside.
- To make margaritas (feel free to make multiple margaritas at once): Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the watermelon juice, tequila, lime juice, orange juice, agave nectar and top with a jalapeño slice.
- Secure the lid to the shaker and shake for 30 seconds. Taste and add additional sweetener if necessary. Strain the liquid into your prepared glass(es). Cheers!