Friday, June 29, 2012

Watermelon Jalapeno Margaritas

This watermelon-jalapeño margarita is like the traditional version turned extra summery and fresh. We added sweet, mild watermelon juice to the usual lime and tequila, then added a tiny splash of fresh jalapeño juice to the mix to keep things from getting too mellow. It easily multiplies to make a pitcherful, so friends can serve themselves in tall salt-rimmed glasses full of ice.

watermelon marg

My favorite part of this margarita is the fresh jalapeno juice.  We threw a couple of jalapenos into my fancy juicer to see what would happen. The results were exciting -  a tiny vial of neon green juice with an intensely green spiciness. This jalapeño juice is a totally different animal from the flavorless spice of an infused vodka because it is so incredibly fresh tasting. It's not just spicy, but bright and green and herbal. The perfect thing to add -- drip by drip -- to give a traditional cocktail a new dimension.

watermelon margarita

Watermelon Jalapeno Margaritas

Recipe available on our column, Locally Mixed, over at Whole Foods!

watermelon jalapeno margarita


  1. Oh, wow. This looks delish! It seems like jalapeno are the hot (so to speak) cocktail ingredient these days—I recently had a margarita at a local restaurant with jalapeno in it, rimmed with dried hot pepper flakes and a salt/sugar mix (really), and it was fantastic. I'm not *really* a watermelon fan, but will have to give this a whirl! Thank you!

    1. A rim of dried hot pepper flakes + sugar + salt sounds really interesting & right up my alley! Yum!

  2. Perfect timing--my husband's birthday is on the 4th, and given that it's 108 degrees here in Nashville--and I'm throwing a backyard BBQ--I was looking for the perfect refreshing beverage!


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