Savoring the Season: Spicy Watermelon Margaritas

The sun is blazing, and its late afternoon on a Sunday.  We retreat to our patio to escape the sweltering heat.  The ceiling fans are humming overhead, and the wind down begins.  Warm weather appetizers are a must and we start with crispy polenta rounds, with creamy burrata, sliced watermelon wedges, and a arugula tossed in a light vinaigrette.  Summer wines are enjoyed too, maybe a Grenache or a cool Sangria.

On this particular summer day we decided on a summer cocktail to help us chill out.  This is where spicy meets cool watermelon. You can’t beat this watermelon and jalapeño combination.  This easy to prepare, delicious cocktail is the perfect summer drink.

Spicy Watermelon Margarita 
Makes one cocktail
Recipe from Allrecipes

Puree 2 cups cubed seedless watermelon in a blender.  Wipe the rim of a margarita glass with a lime wedge; dip rim into kosher salt or coarse white decorating sugar.  In a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice, add 2-ounces of watermelon puree.  1-1/2 ounces silver tequila, 3/4-ounce Cointreau, 3/4 ounce lime juice, and 1 slice jalapeño.  Shake until very cold.  Strain into prepared glass.  Garnish with a watermelon wedge or melon balls and a jalapeño slice-or simply float a jalapeño slice on top.

22 thoughts on “Savoring the Season: Spicy Watermelon Margaritas

  1. This cocktail sounds delicious, one definitely to try. BTW, where have you found burrata. I have Giada's new book and she has several recipes calling for burrata but I have never seen it here? Maybe I'm just not looking in the right place? Hope you are enjoying your summer.Carolyn


  2. Woo hoo, Velva! Wish I had seen this before I made Margaritas yesterday, and I even had watermelon in the fridge. Not so hot here, haven't had the a/c on for several days but I'd drink this regardless. Thanks for the recipe!


  3. Velva, My wife loves Margaritas but she's never had this version. She likes spicy so I bet this will be a winner for her! Thanks and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


  4. Watermelon cocktails are so refreshing in this intense summer heat that we're having. I'm going to go whip one up now! Even have all of the ingredients….we buy watermelon as long as we can while it's fresh. My grandsons devour watermelon. I'll have this cocktail while they eat their own chunks!


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