Watermelon Margarita

by Maggie Battista on July 13, 2008

in Drinks, Fruit

Forget orange, lime or even pomegranate juices. I’ve been head-over-heels for watermelon juice since the season started and found a glorious way to integrate it into my weekend cocktail hour.

You could buy a large melon, scoop out its meat and mash the juice from it. I opt for the easy path. My local farmer’s market has sweetly carved up the melon, packing the fruit in easy plastic containers to take-away. I grab a few tubs each week, as this fruit juice is quite refreshing during our hot summers in the northeast.

Tonight, I popped the fruit into a blender and kept my little finger on purify until there were no lumps to be seen. Next, fill a cocktail shaker with ice and all the ingredients below. Shake and pour, with ice, into a hefty glass, and decorate with a chunk of melon. Sure, I could strain out the ice and serve it straight up in a martini glass. But I wanted my husband to feel at home with a large, hefty glass, so I kept the ice

Watermelon Margarita


  • 2 parts, watermelon juice
  • 1 part, orange liquor
  • 1 part, tequila
  • 1/2 lime, squeezed into shaker

You could also choose to garnish with lime wedges, but I’m a design freak who believes in the power of the monochromatic, so it had to be a watermelon chunk. You may opt to make these super strong or fairly light; play around with the measurements to get a drink that suits your event. Today, I wanted something tasty but light. On an evening when one needs a little more punch to ease the nerves, you could certainly up the liquor ratio.

Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2015. You may pre-order now.

  • http://jennb276.wordpress.com Jen B

    What a perfectly refreshing summer cocktail!! Can’t wait to try it – perhaps I sample it with another one of your summer salads on this website!

  • http://whisksandneedles.blogspot.com Sara

    Sounds awesome…wish I weren’t preggo so I could have one!! Perhaps after the baby is born…

  • http://blog.kimvallee.com/ At Home with Kim Vallee

    That must be so refreshing. I have to try this out. Maggie, have you try with several types of tequila? Is it like a regular margarita where the silver tequila tastes the best?

  • Maggie

    Thanks, Jen and Sara! Yes, it’s a totally refreshing drink. Sara, you should try watermelon juice and seltzer; it’s my non-alcoholic version.

    Kim, I find the silver is the best. I’ve made this with Cuervo (gold, good), Corazon (anejo, pretty good) and Patron (silver, great!) I find any margarita is only as good as it’s tequila. But I choose the right one for the occasion. If I’m having just 1 drink, I go for the Patron. If I’m making loads of drinks, sometimes by the pitcher, I use the more affordable gold tequilas; it just goes much further.

  • http://www.myspace.com/issacabrera Issa

    Thanks, Maggie! Looks great and I LOVE watermelon. Makes me want to host a summer cocktail party or something. Let me know if you want to co-host here in NYC. :) ~Issa

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