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
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