Move over, margaritas! This refreshing watermelon cocktail made with fresh mint, lime, & tequila is the perfect way to cool off this summer.
For the cocktail:
- 1 1/2 ounces seedless watermelon, (about 1/4 cup of 1/2-inch diced watermelon)
- 6 fresh mint leaves
- 2 ounces tequila blanco
- 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice (reserve the juiced limes for rimming the cocktail)
- 1/4 ounce agave syrup
- 5 drops saline solution, or a small pinch of fine-grain table salt
For the glass:
- Watermelon slice
- Fresh mint sprig
- Lime wedge
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle together watermelon and mint leaves. Add tequila, lime juice, agave syrup, and saline solution (or fine-grain table salt). Fill the shaker past the top of the liquid with ice, close, and shake together.
- Rub the cut side of one of your juiced limes around the edge of a chilled double rocks glass and coat the rim with chili lime seasoning.
- Place a large ice cube into the glass and strain the watermelon mixture over the cube. Use a bar spoon to scoop the pieces of watermelon and lime into the glass and give a quick stir.
- Garnish with any mix of watermelon, mint, and lime, if desired.
Recipe inspired by Stone Fire Restaurant in Mount Kisco, NY.
See post above for notes on different types of tequila, how to rim a cocktail glass, reasons for using different sizes of ice, variations using mezcal, and how to make this a nonalcoholic “mocktail”.
Keywords: summer cocktail, watermelon cocktail, tequila cocktail