Gosh, you look thirsty. Are you thirsty? I'm thirsty just thinking about how you thirsty I think you are. Good news! I have just the treat for you. Watermelon Basil Margaritas.
So good, right? Waaaait for it...
Chili Sugar Rim. [mic drop]
It's cool to talk about margaritas on a Monday morning, right?? If talking about this Watermelon Basil Margarita the Monday before Cinco de Mayo is wrong, well...I just don't want to be right I suppose. Refreshing, hydrating watermelon + fresh sweet basil + a little taste of spicy, smokey, sweet with each sip.
Might as well make a pitcher because these are going to disappear quick! Like that time I needed to 'test' the recipe again 😉
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fresh fruit for all
So you're the go-to bartender at home, right? I bet you are. Though you may not be chiseling ice cubes by hand (bonus hipster points if you are) but if you are using fresh fruit and herbs in your cocktails at home, well, cheers to you my friend. You have unlocked the secret to superb homestyle libations.
Not only are you bring ultra vibrant flavors to your homemade creations, but the natural colors make these Watermelon Basil Margaritas a treat for the eyes too.
If you were around for my recent Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita post, you enjoyed a brief little rabbit trail about bar utensils. Just in case, here are some of my most used bar equipment - the cocktail tea strainer being an important factor to this recipe!
Here are those links again:
- Stainless Steel Muddler or Wooden Muddler
- Standard Bar Set (Martini Shaker, Strainer, Jigger):
- Cocktail Tea Strainer
Sweet, spice and all the nice
Once you have your sweet basil, watermelon tequila dream in a glass ready you are welcome to pour it on ice and dive right in. But if a little spice is what your searching for I have just the thing. This Chili Sugar Rim is all the things.
Sweet and a little crunchy from the turbinado sugar texture. Smokey chili powder and spicy heat finish on the back of the tongue from a touch of cayenne pepper.
Things were good before and they just. got. better.
So here's a toast to Mondays not need to be quite so 'Monday' after all. Especially when the involve Watermelon Basil Margaritas with Chili Sugar Rim.
Watermelon Basil Margarita | Chili Sugar Rim
Watermelon Basil Margarita
- ¾ cup watermelon pieces (cubed)
- 8 leaves fresh basil
- 3 ounces silver tequila
- 1 ½ tablespoon agave nectar
- 3 tablespoon triple sec
- 3 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Chili Sugar Rim
- ¼ cup turbinado sugar (such as Sugar in the Raw)
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Watermelon Basil Margarita
- In a cocktail shaker, add watermelon, basil and a few pieces of ice. Muddle until watermelon is well juiced and basil is torn.
- Add agave, triple sec, and lime juice and fill with ice. Cover and shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds.
- Rub the edge of the glass with a fresh lime wedge or lightly dip the glass in fresh lime juice. Dip in Chili Sugar Rim mixture and move glass around to fully coat.
- Double strain using the cocktail tea strainer into the freshly rimmed glass. Finish with fresh ice.
Chili Sugar Rim
- In a small bowl, combine sugar, chili powder and cayenne pepper. Stir to combine. Empty onto a small plate.
Missing the tequila in the recipe? How much did you put in?
3 ounces - this recipe will make two drinks!
This looks delicious, I'm very intrigued about the chilli sugar rim!
This is perfect for Summer! I absolutely love anything with watermelon. I can't wait to try this.
Yum! These are some of my favorite ingredients! I bet this drink is tasty.
xo, Elizabeth // txelizabeth.com
Cait Weingartner says
This cocktail is as pretty as I'm sure it's delicious! I bet the watermelon and basil flavor is so refreshing on a hot summer day. I'm really looking forward to trying this drink!
So so refreshing! Perfect for summer days! Thanks 🙂
This looks so good! I definitely need to try it. 🙂