A super seasonal cocktail that's positively bursting with yellow watermelon, this tasty take on the margarita is fruitier and has a more vibrant color than the classic. If you really want to bring the party to the pool, serve alongside a crispy snack and a second beverage, like the juicy rosé sangria pictured at right. 

Martha Stewart Living, June 2020


Credit: Noe Dewitt

Recipe Summary

20 mins
55 mins
Makes 5 cups (serving 10)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring sugar, 1/3 cup water, and lime peels to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool completely. Strain into a pitcher with lime juice.

  • Working in batches, purée watermelon in a food processor or blender; strain through a coarse-mesh sieve (you should have 3 cups). Add melon purée, tequila, and elderflower liqueur to the pitcher with lime syrup and stir. Chill, covered, at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.

  • When ready to serve, run a lime wedge around the rim of each glass and dip glasses in coarse salt. Fill glasses with ice and 1 or 2 thin lime rounds. To make each drink, add more ice and 1/2 cup tequila mixture to a cocktail shaker. Shake 15 seconds; strain into a glass. Repeat for remaining drinks and serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

Martha prefers Espolòn Blanco or Patrón Silver tequila. For a virgin drink, skip the tequila and St-Germain.