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The Party Starter (Watermelon Tequila Cocktail)

For a nonalcoholic version, skip the tequila and add a little water to help blend the mixture.

Sunset JULY 2011

  • Yield: Serves 8
  • Prep time:20 Minutes
  • Freeze:3 Hours


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


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.

*A standard ice cube tray has 14 cube slots.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per drink.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 205
  • Calories from fat: 1%
  • Protein: 1.2g
  • Fat: 0.3g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Carbohydrate: 15g
  • Fiber: 0.8g
  • Sodium: 2.6mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg

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