Easy Watermelon Margarita

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Hot summer nights call for cool fruity drinks. Today we’re putting a classic spin on the margarita. A watermelon margarita is an easy way to update a summer staple in five short minutes. Make sure you have supplies for a second round!

Michael Chiarello’s famous watermelon margarita:

Total Time: 35 min
Prep: 5 min
Inactive Prep: 30 min
Servings: 4


  • Salt, for glass rims
  • 1/3 cup orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Cointreau via Cooking Channel.)
  • 1/4 cup Triple Sec
  • 3/4 cup tequila
  • 4 ounces seedless watermelon, small diced
  • 1 lime



Pour salt in a shallow dish for dipping the rims of the glasses. Dip 4 martini glasses in water and then dip the rims in salt. Place in the freezer to frost, about 30 minutes. In a martini shaker shake together the orange-liqueur, Triple Sec, and tequila. Remove glasses from the freezer. Fill the bottom of each glass with the diced watermelon and pour alcohol mixture over the top, dividing evenly among the glasses. Slice lime into wedges and squeeze into glasses. Serve immediately.

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