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Jewel's Watermelon Margaritas

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 strips orange zest
  • 2 cups cubed seeded watermelon
  • 3/4 cup white tequila
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • salt or sugar for rimming glasses (optional)
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 2 cups crushed ice, or as needed

Glass

Jewel's Watermelon Margaritas Glass

Preparation instructions:

  1. Bring 1/2 cup sugar, water, and orange zest in a small saucepan to boil, stirring constantly. Simmer until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove simple syrup from heat and allow to cool completely.
  2. Place watermelon in a blender or food processor. Pulse until pureed.
  3. Stir watermelon puree into a large pitcher with simple syrup, tequila, and lime juice.
  4. Place a small amount of salt or sugar into a saucer. Rub edge of margarita glasses with a lime wedge to moisten. Lightly dip the rim of the glass into the saucer to rim the glass; tap off excess salt or sugar.
  5. Fill rimmed glasses with crushed ice; pour margarita mixture into glasses and garnish with lime wedges to serve.

Original recipe makes 4 servings