Watermelon-Basil Margarita

Fourth of July Watermelons, Two Ways

Watermelon Margarita

Watermelon season is in full swing here in North Carolina and I got my hands on a couple of great watermelons from our local farmers’ market. Normally, I’m happy to just slice them open and have at ‘em, but I felt like trying something different for a recent dinner party.

Here are the two applications I finally settled on; one for the kids and another for the adults.

Watermelon-Basil Water (aka Agua Fresca)

Source: Fine Cooking, May 2011

  • 1/4 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon (1 lb.)
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice

Put the basil leaves and sugar in a small pot and crush the leaves with a wooden spoon. Pour in the boiling water and stir until the sugar dissolves. Set aside to steep and cool for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a blender, purée the watermelon with 2 cups cold water. Strain the watermelon liquid and basil liquid through a fine strainer into a large bowl; discard the solids. Pour the liquid into a large pitcher. Add the lime juice and 2 cups cold water; stir to combine. Serve over ice.

Watermelon Margaritas

  • 1/2 cup pureed watermelon
  • 2 oz Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Muddle and transfer to mixing glass
  • fill with ice
  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila
  • 1/4 oz Orange Liqueur
  • Shake
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass