July 17, 2014

Watermelon Margaritas

We're just one week away from National Tequila Day on July 24th and I recommend celebrating with watermelon margaritas!  I was excited when asked to create a recipe using Casa Noble Tequila, so much so that I bought their Tequila Blanco ahead of time to get a jump start before receiving their Tequila Reposado in the mail.

watermelon margaritas recipe

I've slowly been stepping up my tequila game, starting with Jose Cuervo (which now makes me shudder), then 1800 and now Casa Noble.  I paid $41 for Casa Noble Tequila Blanco and found that it is well worth the price.  Even The New York Times' Tasting Report agrees that this is a phenomenal tequila.

Another interesting article comes from The Washington Post about orange liqueurs and the importance of splurging on Cointreau.  Here's the thing, an expensive bottle of Cointreau isn't needed to make these margaritas.  You need one mini bottle (50 ml) to make 4 cocktails, which costs about 2 bucks.  So you'll have plenty of money left to purchase some quality tequila!

I tried both Tequila Reposado and Tequila Blanco with this watermelon margarita recipe.  I typically prefer reposado for margaritas, but in this case I would definitely recommend both, which each have a hint of citrus that pairs well with orange liqueur.

I am not a fan of salt rimmed margarita glasses but Chris is, so I made pink salt for him :)  I recommend using a resealable plastic bag to mix coarse salt and food coloring, if you would like colored salt on the rim of your cocktail glass too.  Just dip the rim in a little lime juice before adding the salt.

After seeing cute watermelon margarita popsicles on Pinterest I knew I needed to try making them with a modified version of this cocktail recipe.  I liked the idea of using Dixie Cups instead of molds because tearing paper off seemed a heck of a lot easier than the tricky business of unmolding popsicles without melting them.

The final result is really cute but the shape is a little strange for eating.  I definitely prefer the shape produced by my popsicle molds, however after three attempts of using my molds I gave up.  I cannot explain why the recipe froze so well in Dixie Cups but was a slushy mess each time in the popsicle molds.

So the popsicle recipe became a watermelon margarita sorbet recipe!  The sorbet is only slightly spiked to allow it to freeze better, so if you want a boozy treat I recommend adding a touch more tequila before serving it.  It is currently really hot and humid here in Miami, so this sorbet was a great dessert to enjoy while sweating sitting on our balcony.

I recently bought new cocktail glasses via Amazon and I'm really happy with the Bormioli glasses you see pictured.  I love both the look and feel of them, and at 8 1/2-ounces, they're the perfect size for cocktails.

Disclaimer: I received Casa Noble's Reposado Tequila to review for this post, along with a Whole Foods gift card to create a cocktail recipe for #TequilaDay.

watermelon margaritas recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Ingredients (4 cocktails)

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 orange
  • 2 cups chopped seedless watermelon
  • 3/4 cup Casa Noble Tequila
  • 1/4 cup Cointreau (I use a 50 ml bottle)
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (from 3 limes)
  • garnishes such as lime wedges or slices of watermelon
  • To make orange zest simple syrup, combine the sugar, water and 3 strips (about 1-inch each) of orange zest (cut with a vegetable peeler) in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat , stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Let cool to room temperature, then remove orange peel and transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid. You'll have about 3/4 cup simple syrup and it will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks.
  • In a blender, puree watermelon until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, discarding solids and foam, into a pitcher. You should have about 8 oz (1 cup) of watermelon juice.
  • Then stir in 6 oz (3/4 cup) tequila and 2 oz (1/4 cup) each of simple syrup, Cointreau and lime juice.   Pour into ice-filled cocktail glasses, garnished with lime wedges and/or small watermelon slices, if desired.
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  1. Those popsicles are sooo cute! I just refilled my Tequila supply for more fruit margaritas!