Watermelon-Jalapeño Margarita

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Stylist: Linda Hirst
For a spicy garnish, combine salt and chili powder in a saucer. Dip rims of glasses in lime juice or water, and dip in salt mixture to coat.

Prep: 10 minutes; Chill: 1 hour

Yield:

Makes 7 1/2 cups

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Ingredients

8 cups cubed watermelon
1 1/2 cups white tequila
1/2 cup orange liqueur (such as Triple Sec)
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup Simple Syrup
1 to 2 jalapeño peppers, thinly sliced
Cracked ice
Garnishes: fresh jalapeño slices, watermelon wedges

Preparation

1. Puree watermelon, in batches, in a blender or food processor. Pour puree through a wire-mesh strainer, pressing with the back of a spoon; discard pulp and seeds.

2. Combine watermelon liquid, tequila, and next 4 ingredients in a large pitcher. Cover and chill 1 hour (longer for a stronger pepper flavor). Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.

Note:

Julia Dowling Rutland,

July 2013