Watermelon-Tequila Refreshers

11 cups

If you would like to serve alcohol-free cocktails, omit the tequila -- the drink is still delicious.


  • ¾ cup sugar

  • 3 ½ pounds seedless watermelon, cut into 2-inch cubes (about 12 cups)

  • 1 cup tequila

  • 1 cup fresh lime juice (6 to 8 limes), plus lime slices for garnish

  • 4 cups ice


  1. Stir together sugar and 3/4 cup water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Let cool completely. Refrigerate until ready to use, up to 1 week.

  2. Working in batches, fill blender with watermelon cubes; blend until smooth. Pass puree in batches through a fine sieve set over a large bowl, discarding solids as you work. Refrigerate juice until ready to use, up to 1 day.

  3. Stir together tequila, lime and watermelon juices, and sugar syrup in a large pitcher. Stir in ice and lime slices.

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