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Yellow Watermelon Margarita with Salted Chipotle Rim

yellow watermelon margarita with chipotle rim

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and is the perfect excuse to spice up the traditional margarita. I love using fruits other than the standard lime or citrus fruits in my margarita. When my friend, Viviane Bauquet Farre shared this recipe with me I thought I’d gone to heaven! Sweet yellow watermelon paired with a smoky salted chipotle rim…. genius! Your watermelons don’t have to be the yellow variety… any watermelon will do. If you haven’t tried a yellow watermelon, you’re missing out. The fruit is a little sweeter then the red melons and has its own unique flavor.

Yellow Watermelon Margarita with Chipotle Rim

serves 1

For the rim:

  • 1 tablespoon organic sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle
  • lime wedge

For the cocktail:

  • 2 oz Reposado Tequila (100% blue agave is best)
  • 1 1/2 oz watermelon juice (see cook’s note)
  • 3/4 oz elderflower liqueur (St. Germain)
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice

Step 1: Place the sugar, salt and chipotle powder in a small bowl and mix well. Spread on a small plate. Moisten the rim of a cocktail glass with the lime wedge and dip the glass rim in the sugar/salt/chipotle mixture. Set aside.

Step 2: For the cocktail Shake all ingredients with ice cubes until a thin layer of frost appears on the outside of the shaker. Pour in the prepared glass and serve immediately!


Cook’s note: To make the watermelon juice remove rind and seeds of watermelon and cut flesh in 2″ chunks. Place in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Then process until smooth and liquidy. Strain through a fine sieve. Transfer juice into large squeeze bottle and refrigerate until ready to use. Refrigerate up to 3 days (after 3 days the juice starts losing its flavor).

Photo credit: Chef Viviane Bauquet Farre

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