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Emeril's Watermelon Margaritas

This is a delicious margarita recipe that's easy to double for a large crowd.

  • Servings: 2

Photography: Emeril’s Test Kitchen


  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons coarse salt
  • lime wedges for garnish
  • 1 cup watermelon puree (see Cooks' Note)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup premium 100 percent agave tequila
  • 2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier or triple sec)
  • 1 cup ice


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the lime zest, water, and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat. Cool to room temperature. (Can be made in advance; keep in a covered container in the refrigerator.)

  2. Chill a margarita glass in the freezer for 30 minutes. Place the coarse salt in a shallow dish or saucer. Wet the rim of the glass with a lime wedge and dip the glass into the salt, coating the top edge.

  3. In a cocktail shaker, combine 2 tablespoons of the cooled lime syrup with the watermelon puree, lime juice, tequila, orange-flavored liqueur, and ice. Shake until frothy and well chilled, at least 1 minute. Strain into the prepared glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

Cook's Notes

To make the watermelon puree, remove seeds from fresh watermelon and cut into large chunks. Place in a blender and process until smooth and well pureed.


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