No, you did not read that wrong. This is not a cocktail actually but watermelon that has been steeped in a mixture of ingredients normally used to make a margarita. Try these Margarita Watermelon Slices and tell me you didn’t slurp the plate afterwards too!
Something old is new again! Yes, I’m reposting a dish that I first shared a couple of years ago; it’s been that kind of week! Launching a new blog design doesn’t stop at the blog; there are a bazillion places I have to update images on social media. A bazillion I tell ya!
Still, I really wanted to share this again after having it the other night when I reminded myself of how much I love preparing watermelon like this. If you’re a new reader or if you’re not and either forgot it or never saw it I have to tell you, this Margarita Watermelon is SO good. Sort of a reverse cocktail. The fruit is not pulverized and combined with other cocktail ingredients, no…it’s left whole and infused with them.
Almost to a person when I mention Margarita Watermelon I hear, ‘You mean a watermelon margarita?’ I love those too (see below) but this is something more unique and so special. I like to serve it as a dessert for a summer barbecue. It’s light and refreshing but definitely has a bit of a kick. Just watch the kids; they need their own separate melon!
I’ve had this watermelon treat on my blog for a very long time; it’s one of those I brought over from my first 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 a photo it was not quite so loveable.
When I realized that The Food Network weekly event was watermelon and I had an adorable little, sweet, baby watermelon on the counter that I had just picked up at a Farmer’s Market, 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.
As always, use Reposado Tequila and Orange Liqueur in the mix to infuse the watermelon slices. Equally if not even more important as good booze? Get a great watermelon. They should be coming into markets now and have a rich, red fruit and be so sweet.
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 bibs available.
I know your guests are going to do what we did…oh yes we did slurp that stuff out of our bowls! No? Really…you wouldn’t? Don’t be fibbing to me and don’t miss doing it; it might be the BEST part!
I love using watermelon in cocktails and I’ve included a couple of others you might enjoy. Both the Watermelon Martini and the Watermelon Margarita are wonderful additions to your cocktail lineup. I say ‘try them all!’
Last but not least, the lovely Watermelon Martini.
Join my friends as we celebrate the best of summer with The Food Network and their #SummerSoiree. Each week a group of us will share a favorite dish using the theme of the week. This week it’s all about Watermelon. Perfect timing too because now is when local melons should be coming into market all juicy and sweet. I could seriously eat them with every meal! Be sure to check out the wonderful assortment of watermelon favorites from my friends!
Weelicious: Watermelon Cinnamon Granita
Homemade Delish: Refreshing Watermelon Salsa
Healthy Eats: Pretty in Pink: 6 Dishes Made Better with Watermelon
Creative Culinary: Margarita Watermelon Slices (You’re Here!)
The Wimpy Vegetarian: Watermelon and Peach Salsa
Dishin & Dishes: Watermelon Jalapeno Agua Fresca
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Watermelon Salsa
Red or Green: Watermelon, Corn & Jalapeno Salad
The Mom 100: Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie
Taste with the Eyes: Unique Watermelon Salad – Pomegranate Syrup, Feta, Cucumber
FN Dish: 6 Party-Ready Ways to Take Watermelon Off the Rind
PIN ‘Margarita Watermelon Slices’
Margarita Watermelon Slices
A fun alternative to an actual cocktail; watermelon slices are stepped in a mixture of tequila, sugar and orange liqueur and served plated.
- 1-inch-thick wedges of seedless baby watermelon; I cut mine into 16 small wedges
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup tequila
- 1/4 cup orange liqueur
- 2 limes, cut into fourths
- Course or sea salt (I love the look of Maldon Flaked Sea Salt)
- 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.
- Add the tequila and orange liqueur and let cool slightly.
- Arrange the watermelon slices in a single layer in two large baking dishes.
- Pour the simple syrup over the watermelon slices and refrigerate until cold; at least 1 hour.
- Flip the watermelon over every 30 minutes.
- 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..