Yellow Watermelon Margaritas

Yellow-Watermelon Margarita
Photo: Noe Dewitt
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
Makes 5 cups (serving 10)

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.


  • cup sugar

  • Peeled zest of 2 limes, plus 1/3 cup fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for making salt rim, plus thinly sliced rounds for serving (optional)

  • ½ small seedless yellow watermelon (about 2 ½ pounds), peeled and cut into cubes (about 6 cups)

  • 6 ounces tequila blanco

  • 1 ounce elderflower liqueur, such as St. Germain

  • Coarse salt or Himalayan pink salt, for glasses


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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