Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges

watermelon tray
Photo: Helen Norman
Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs

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.


  • 1 small seedless watermelon, red or yellow, quartered and cut into 1-inch-thick wedges

  • 1 cup sugar

  • ¾ cup water

  • ½ cup tequila

  • ¼ 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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