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The Party Starter (Watermelon Tequila Cocktail)

Iain Bagwell
Prep time 20 mins
Freeze time 3 hrs
Yield Serves 8
For a nonalcoholic version, skip the tequila and add a little water to help blend the mixture.


  • 1 seedless watermelon (about 6 lbs.)
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cups silver (also called blanco) tequila

Nutrition Information

  • calories 205
  • caloriesfromfat 1 %
  • protein 1.2 g
  • fat 0.3 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • carbohydrate 15 g
  • fiber 0.8 g
  • sodium 2.6 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cut melon into chunks and discard rind. Purée chunks in batches in a food processor. Pour mixture through a strainer into a bowl. Pour 4 cups into another bowl; whisk in lemon juice. Save any remaining watermelon juice for another use. Pour juice mixture into 4 ice cube trays* and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours or overnight.

  2. Make drinks: Whirl half the watermelon cubes in a food processor until broken up, then add 1 cup tequila and whirl until blended. Pour into a pitcher and repeat with remaining ingredients.

  3. *A standard ice cube tray has 14 cube slots.

  4. Note: Nutritional analysis is per drink.