The Fresh Watermelon ‘Rita comes from Erin Ward at Virgil’s Real Barbecue in NYC. This is a fun margarita that’s easy to love and perfect for summer. It tastes like fresh watermelon with lime and orange.
This is a great cocktail for barbecues and cookouts, because you can make everything in advance in a pitcher and pour as you go. To make this one extra special, you can make a “watermelon punch bowl” by cutting one third off the end of a watermelon and scooping out the insides with a melon baller or ice cream scoop. To make it stand up on a table, just slice a thin part of the rind off at the bottom to make it level. Then you fill the punch bowl with Fresh Watermelon ‘Rita, put out some salt-rimmed glasses with ice and let guests help themselves.
- 2 chunks of watermelon (each the size of your thumb)
- 2 ounces of silver tequila
- 1 ounce of fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce of simple syrup
- Dash of Cointreau
- Coarse sea salt (optional)
Use a shaker top to crush the watermelon in the bottom of a pint glass. Fill the glass up with ice and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake vigorously for five to ten seconds. Rim a pint or margarita glass with salt and fill it with salt. Strain the mixture into the glass and garnish with a small watermelon wedge.