Spirited or alcohol-free, summer’s must-try margarita begins with melon

Melon Margaritas Ingredients (makes 2 margaritas)

Watermelon Simple Syrup

  • 2 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Watermelon Juice
  • 2 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 1/2 cup water


  • 4 oz silver tequila*
  • 4 oz watermelon juice
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz watermelon simple syrup
  • course salt
  • lime wedges

*for mocktail, replace tequila with Ritual Zero-proof Tequila Alternative or sparkling water


Simple Syrup: Combine the watermelon and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Mash the watermelon and sugar together, pushing out the liquid and dissolving the sugar. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve set over a bowl or jar, pressing the melon to extract the liquid. Set aside to cool. (Makes just over 1 cup of simple syrup)

Watermelon Juice: Combine the watermelon and water in a blender. Blend until smooth, pour through a fine mesh sieve set over a bowl or jar.

Margaritas: Line the rims of two glasses using  lime wedge. Dip the rims in coarse salt; fill the glasses with ice. Combine the tequila or non-alcoholic alternative, watermelon juice, lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until thoroughly chilled and pour into the glasses. Garnish with lime wedges and serve.

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Brad Mee
Brad Mee is the Editor-in-Chief of Utah Style & Design Magazine.