I bought a big watermelon the other day at the grocery store with the idea of making some fresh watermelon juice. I’ve never made it before and boy o boy is it yummy! Of course, once I had the juice made my mind naturally went directly to using it in a cocktail. We were having some chips and guacamole so I thought a Watermelon Margarita would be good to wash it down with!
To make the watermelon juice all you have to do is cut up some watermelon in chunks and process it in a food processor or blender. Then pour it into a fine mesh strainer and let the juice drip into a pitcher. Not sure what you’re suppose to do with the solids, so I just threw them down the drain. If you have a recipe that uses watermelon pulp, please share. And as a reference, I juiced an entire watermelon and got 9 cups of juice so you certainly don’t need to juice a whole watermelon unless you want the juice for smoothies…or lots of cocktails!
Along with the standard margarita ingredients of tequila and lime, I also added Cointreau and mint simple syrup. First I tried it without the mint simple syrup and it was good, but I thought it was so much better with it! I’m on a kick of flavored simple syrup lately…it’s just so good!
Enjoy. Responsibly, of course!
- 2 oz. fresh watermelon juice
- 1 oz. white tequila
- ½ oz. Cointreau (you can use Triple Sec or Gran Marnier)
- ½ oz. mint simple syrup
- 1 lime, juiced
- Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into rocks glass filled with ice.
- To make mint simple syrup put equal amounts of sugar and water in small saucepan (I used 1 cup each, but you could certainly use less). Bring to boil. Add several sprigs of mint. Turn off heat and let mint steep in syrup until cooled. Strain to remove mint and store in refrigerator.