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Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges


This grown-up fruit dessert borrows flavors from margaritas. Tequila and Triple Sec infuse the watermelon slices, which also get a spray of lime juice and a sprinkling of coarse salt. The longer the watermelon soaks, the more flavorful it becomes -- one more reason to save any leftover slices.

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  • Servings: 4
watermelon tray

Photography: Helen Norman

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2009


  • 1 small seedless watermelon, red or yellow, quartered and cut into 1-inch-thick wedges
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup Triple Sec
  • 2 limes, halved or cut into wedges
  • Flaked sea salt or coarse salt


  1. Arrange watermelon in a single layer in two 9-by-13-inch baking dishes. Bring sugar, water, tequila, and Triple Sec to a boil in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Let cool slightly. Pour syrup over watermelon wedges, and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes.

  2. Remove watermelon from syrup, and arrange on a platter. Squeeze limes over melon, and season with salt.

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  • streett17
    6 JUN, 2013
    I have brought this to several summer parties over the last few years. It is always a hit! I choose to keep it sweet and don't use the salt. I recommend using a blanco tequila and not boiling for very long. You just want the sugar to dissolve and not evaporate the alcohol.
  • MS112612601
    19 AUG, 2011
    Very good! I add 1/4 cup fresh lime juice. I also take the rind off. Another way to serve is to soak for 1 hour and then put a popsicle stick on and freeze for 1 hour. Fun!
  • 420_pastrypuff
    21 JUL, 2011
    Actually you should bring only the sugar and water to a boil, just until the sugar dissolves. Let it cool then add in your liquor. This way the heat does not burn the alcohol out. I know I'm a pastry student.