Margaritas are a great canvas for experimenting. Start with tequila and lime and add in some fresh fruit, maybe some herbs or a spicy pepper and boom, you have yourself a tasty cocktail. And guess what? That’s exactly what you’ll be doing for this watermelon cilantro margarita!
Normally I have both watermelon and cilantro growing in my garden. This year, though, I have neither because I forgot to run a drip line to the cilantro and my watermelon was planted too close to the zucchini and cucumber so it’s not getting any sun. Luckily, Whole Foods (and every other grocery store) carry both of these items so I can enjoy this watermelon cilantro margarita whenever I feel like it. You’ll be able to do the same with a quick trip to the store.
I didn’t have any on hand, but I’m guessing the Thai chili infused tequila would also be a tasty addition to this margarita if you wanted to spice it up a bit. If not, just stick with a good quality 100% agave tequila. I chose Partida Tequila which is one of my favorites.
- 5 to 6 sprigs of cilantro
- 1-1/2 ounces watermelon puree*
- 1-1/2 ounces silver tequila (I used Partida)
- ½ ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
- Pinch of kosher salt
- Agave nectar to taste if desired (this will depend on how sweet your watermelon is - I added about a barspoon of agave nectar to mine)
- Watermelon spear and sprig of cilantro for garnish
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.
- Shake and double strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
- Garnish with a watermelon spear and a sprig of cilantro.
- To make the watermelon puree:
- Add 1 cup of seedless watermelon to a blender and blend on high.
- Use as needed and transfer remaining puree to an airtight container and store in the fridge until ready to use. Should keep for a couple of days.
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