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spicy watermelon margarita

Spicy Watermelon Agua Fresca & Margarita

  • Author: Simone Miller
  • Yield: 24 ounces agua fresca / 6 cocktails
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: Mexican


For the Agua Fresca:

  • 4 cups cubed watermelon ((a 6-pound watermelon was more than enough))
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup very hot water
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne ((Provides a nice mellow heat; adjust to your preference))
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

For each Spicy Watermelon Margarita:

  • ice
  • 2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 4 ounces  watermelon aqua fresca
  • sea salt
  • lime wedge


For the Agua Fresca:

  1. Blend the watermelon in a blender until it’s juice.
  2. In a large bowl, dissolve the honey in the hot water. Whisk in the lime juice, cayenne, and salt
  3. Strain the watermelon juice into the honey mixture through a fine-mesh strainer. Whisk to combine.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 4 days. Serve over ice cubes and/or watermelon ice cubes.

For each Margarita:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice, the tequila, and agua fresca. Shake it like you mean it for 30 seconds or so.
  2. Run a lime wedge around the rim of a rocks glass. Invert the glass onto a plate of sea salt. Fill with ice and/or watermelon ice cubes.
  3. Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into the glass. Squeeze in the lime wedge.