Salted and Spiced Watermelon Margaritas
by XuCharles on May 11, 2023
Salted and Spiced Watermelon Margaritas are a refreshing twist on the classic cocktail, adding the juicy sweetness of watermelon and a hint of salt and spice to the tangy lime and tequila flavors. This summer cocktail is perfect for sipping by the pool or enjoying at a barbecue with friends. The combination of fresh watermelon juice, spicy jalapeño slices, and a rim of salt and chili powder make for a truly unique and delicious margarita experience.
1 tbsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. finely grated lime zest
1 tbsp. plus 1/8 tsp. kosher salt
1 lime wedge
6 oz. store-bought or homemade watermelon juice
3 oz. tequila
2 oz. fresh lime juice
2 oz. triple sec
6 thinly sliced jalapeño rounds, divided
Watermelon wedges and lime rounds, for serving
- Step 1On a shallow plate, combine granulated sugar, lime zest, and 1 tablespoon salt. Rub rims of 2 glasses with lime wedge, then dip rims into sugar mixture to coat, pressing with your fingers to adhere.
- Step 2In a cocktail shaker, combine watermelon juice, tequila, lime juice, and triple sec. Fill shaker with ice, then add 4 jalapeño rounds and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Vigorously shake until outside of shaker is frosty, about 20 seconds.
- Step 3Strain into prepared glasses. Garnish with watermelon wedges, lime rounds, and remaining jalapeño rounds.
Cocktails are best enjoyed right after making and do not work as a make-ahead drink because the soda will go flat.
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