Watermelon-Basil Margarita

watermelon basil margarita
  • 8Servings


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil plus 2 tsp.
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 4 cups chopped watermelon
  • 1 1/2 cups tequila
  • 1 cup orange liqueur (such as Cointreau)
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice plus 2 tbsp.
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • Basil sprigs for garnish


Make the Syrup

In a large jar with a tight-fitting lid, vigorously shake sugar, 2 tbsp. basil and water until the sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Strain into a pitcher.

Mix the Drink

In a food processor, puree watermelon; strain. Add the watermelon juice (about 2 cups), tequila, orange liqueur and 1 cup lime juice to the pitcher; stir.

Rim the Glass

Pour 2 tbsp. lime juice on a plate. Spread 2 tsp. chopped fresh basil and salt on another plate. Dip the rims of 8 glasses into the lime juice, then into the salt and basil.

Drink Up

Fill the glasses with ice, then add the margarita. Garnish with basil sprigs.