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Smoky Watermelon Lemon Margarita | halfbakedharvest.com
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Smoky Watermelon Lemon Margarita

A quick, easy, and refreshing summer margarita...finish with a salty chili lemon rimmed glass, herbs, and a watermelon wedge for that extra special touch!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 1
Calories: 270kcal

Ingredients

  • 2-3 cups cubed watermelon
  • 2 ounces mezcal or silver tequila
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau (orange liquor)
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 4 fresh basil and or mint leaves, torn
  • 1-2 jalapeño slices
  • 1/4 cup sparkling water, for topping

Chili Lemon Salt

Instructions

  • 1. To make the watermelon juice, blend 2 cups cubed watermelon in a blender. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
    2. To make the chili salt. Combine all the ingredients on a shallow plate. Rim your glass in salt.
    3. In a cocktail shaker or glass jar, add 1/4 cup watermelon juice, Mezcal, Cointreau, lemon juice, mint/basil, and jalapeño slices. Fill with ice and shake until combined, about 1 minute. The longer you shake, the spicier it will be.
    4. Strain into your prepared glass. Top with sparkling water, if desired. Garnish as desired with a watermelon wedge and fresh herbs. Enjoy!

Notes

If a Sweeter Drink is Desired: stir in 1-2 teaspoons honey or granulated sugar. 
Orange Liquor: if you don't have orange liquor at home, you can either omit (I often do) or use 2 teaspoons orange zest or a splash of orange juice.

Nutrition

Calories: 270kcal