Margarita Watermelon

Margarita Watermelon

September 10, 2012

I was asked to participate with other bloggers in an event with the Food Network; really a pretty simple task. Would I like to participate in their Back to School Edition post highlighting lunches for kids or adults. My kids are now both grown so I responded; tongue in cheek…sure if you think the Mom’s could use a cocktail! The response was to get the link to them in time and that would be fine. OK, I was kidding!!

Then I had a brainstorm; I know Mom’s might actually like to either celebrate with a cocktail or drown their sorrows with one (trust me you will one day be celebrating) when their kids first start school and these are perfect for that occasion. The lovely Sarah who did the organizing for this Food Network event did ask if I meant Watermelon Margarita…nope, it really is Margarita Watermelon! Not really a cocktail but an offering that could be served to friends at a ‘The Kids are Back in School‘ get together. Get together meaning more than one…I don’t recommend you eat this entire boozy watermelon alone; invite me at least!

I’ve had this watermelon treat on my blog for a very long time; it’s one of those I brought over from the old website and it has been buried deep in the archives with no photo and has remained pretty much invisible to any food blog reader’s eye. Without that photo it was not quite so loveable. When that response came in and I had an adorable little, sweet, baby watermelon on the counter that had been delivered to me by Door to Door Organics…how could I not make it the star? It helped that this was simply the best watermelon I’ve had in a long time…look at that color!

I just love this grown-up version of a favorite summer fruit with margarita fixings though my mantra remains the same – use the same quality ingredients that are in the margaritas I love. Reposado Tequila and Orange Liqueur infuses watermelon slices which are then finished with lime juice and a sprinkling of coarse salt. The longer the watermelon soaks, the more flavorful it becomes.I don’t waste that liquid either…it gets poured over the slices in the bowl before they are finished with lime juice and salt. Be sure there are napkins or bib available. I know your guests are going to do what we did…oh yes we did slurp that stuff out of the bowl! No? Really…you wouldn’t? Your nose is growing!!

I was a good girl. I waited for my lovely neighbors to get here but then we had our first bite and they basically evaporated. Have one or two even, for yourself to either celebrate or commiserate…either way you’ll enjoy these. I Promise.

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Margarita Watermelon
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A fun alternative to an actual cocktail; watermelon slices are stepped in a mixture of tequila, sugar and orange liqueur and served plated.
Serves: Serves 4-6
  • 1-inch-thick wedges of seedless baby watermelon; I cut mine into 16 small wedges
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup tequila
  • ¼ cup orange liqueur
  • 2 limes, cut into fourths
  • Course or sea salt (I love the look of Maldon Flaked Sea Salt)
  1. Bring sugar and water just to a boil and cook just until sugar is dissolved; about 1 minute. Remove from heat and pour sugar syrup into a glass container.
  2. Add the tequila and orange liqueur and let cool slightly.
  3. Arrange the watermelon slices in a single layer in two large baking dishes.
  4. Pour the simple syrup over the watermelon slices and refrigerate until cold; at least 1 hour.
  5. Flip the watermelon over every 30 minutes.
  6. Remove the watermelon from the syrup, and either arrange for serving from a platter or on single serving plates. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the melon and lightly sprinkle with the salt..

This recipe is participating in Food Network’s virtual Back to School party, The Communal Table. Check out more terrific recipes below. What are you making for back to school? Tweet us @CreativCulinary @FoodNetwork #pullupachair and let us know!  While you’re at it? Take a peek at the Let’s Go Back to School Pinterest Board.

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Chez Us: Healthy Tuna Salad

Zaika Zabardast: Fresh Corn Cakes With Black Bean Salad Tossed in Cumin Vinaigrette

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1 Betsy @ Desserts Required June 26, 2014 at 10:38 am

This is great! Perfect to celebrate/mourn the kids going back to school. Then again, it is perfect for anyday that ends in ‘y’.


2 Creative Culinary June 26, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Oh Betsy I like the way you think!


3 bakeca Magione August 7, 2013 at 1:22 am

looks refreshing


4 Thomas September 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm

This looks like a great recipe. Do you pour the syrup mixture over the melon mixture while it is still warm?

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5 Creative Culinary September 27, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Let it cool a bit; room temp is fine but nothing more than that. It is SO good; we had a perfect watermelon too; gosh I wish I had another one now!


6 Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } September 13, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Love this infusion of tequilla and other delights!! I bet it was such a refreshing treat. Delish…..
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7 Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos September 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm

See – it’s for reasons like this I wish I lived in Denver! Dangnabbit – I’m just going to have to make a batch here. Yum!
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8 Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Yum, this watermelon looks so delicious! Love the margarita infusion!
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9 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef September 11, 2012 at 6:13 am

What a great idea. It’s not melon season yet but it won’t be long. I’m definitely serving this up one day.


10 Creative Culinary September 11, 2012 at 9:13 am

Absolutely huge hit Maureen…just make sure to get a really great watermelon; that was sure key to this one being so dang fabulous.


11 TidyMom September 11, 2012 at 5:32 am

lol I love the idea of celebrating BTS with a cocktail!!!! your watermelon is GORGEOUS!!! I want to slurp some now!!


12 Creative Culinary September 11, 2012 at 9:12 am

Thanks Cheryl; I just mentioned to someone else that I remember my oldest daughter’s first day of kindergarten and the area they reserved for moms to gather and yes, shed a few tears. Tissues, coffee and donuts. I’m thinking they should have had this. :)


13 Lora @cakeduchess September 11, 2012 at 4:25 am

Those watermelon’s look juicy and very tempting. A very fun idea not just for moms but even for a summer picnic. Now how do you eat just one?;)
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14 Creative Culinary September 11, 2012 at 9:10 am

Absolutely not just for mom’s…just not for kids. Truth is it doesn’t have a strong boozy taste at all; kids would gobble them up so they would have to be kept under lock and key and only served to those with an ID. :)


15 Jessica September 10, 2012 at 10:47 pm

How delicious juicy does this look?! I love watermelon – your photos are gorgeous too!


16 Creative Culinary September 11, 2012 at 9:09 am

Thanks so much Jessica; the watermelon gets all the credit for being so juicy and fabulous. The photos? Your kind remarks are VERY much appreciated; I am absolutely a work in progress!


17 diane/napa farmhouse 1885 September 10, 2012 at 9:13 pm

my mom always tells the story of first days of school. all the other moms in our neighborhood would celebrate by having a martini party all morning. my mom was the one sans drink, sobbing in the corner because she did not want summer to end. i will need to tell her about your clever and delicious sounding recipe. maybe she would have enjoyed the watermelon and not been so sad!
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18 Creative Culinary September 11, 2012 at 9:08 am

When my oldest daughter started kindergarten they had a special cry room for the moms with coffee and donuts. They should have had this.


19 Jen @ Savory Simple September 10, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I just love this! Now THAT is how to enjoy fruit.
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20 Creative Culinary September 11, 2012 at 9:07 am

I seem capable of finding a way to add booze to a lot of things…this was unique and I’m SO glad I tried it…we LOVED it.


21 Alex September 10, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Today is going to be my last day of holidays, actually. I could use something like this!
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22 Lea Ann September 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm

W-O-W. Beautiful photos of a great sounding dish. Thanks for reposting this recipe.
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23 Creative Culinary September 11, 2012 at 9:06 am

Was so good; having an amazing watermelon didn’t hurt either.


24 Ansh September 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm

That is simply sex on a plate! Amazing!! Simply!
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25 Doreen September 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I’ve got a melon sitting on my counter and it’s definitely going to made into this wonderful treat … :-)
beautiful photos!!


26 Paula September 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm

If I don’t admit to wanting to slurp the juices out of the bowl I will admit to being all for grabbing a straw and sucking it out of the bowl until the straws makes that annoying noise:). You are so right when you said once that it’s not fair we don’t live closer.


27 Nancy@acommunaltable September 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm

THIS IS BRILLIANT!! Seriously.. no messing with blenders, straining… just mix and EAT!!! Absolutely LOVE this “tongue in cheek” addition – so, so appropriate for so many moms and dads!!
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28 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel September 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm

lol I love this! Yes, moms need a celebratory item. Forget what goes in the lunches, at least on the first day. :)
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29 Karen Harris September 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Oh yes please! I’ve got my big kid in school and boy do I need a drink because I will miss him and I’m celebrating just a little bit.
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30 Holly September 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Now there is a back to school treat that I can relate to! What a fun twist on watermelon. This treat is sure to be a hit with the moms in my neighborhood.
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31 Jamie September 10, 2012 at 11:20 am

Swooning! What a wonderful, refreshing treat for us moms who finally get our kids back in school. How perfect is this? I can only imagine how great these slices are…with the juice being slurped up at the end. Love it, Barb!


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