Watermelon Basil Margarita

One of the hats I wear in our house is that of bartender. I have been blessed with a husband who likes to cook, and luckily, I am perfectly happy with a shaker in my hand (as you may have guessed from this post). A perfectly chosen cocktail can play such a key role in setting the scene. It’s fun to sip on the most appropriate libation to match whatever fabulous frock you’re wearing at whatever exciting soiree you’re attending/hosting. So, I’ll be sharing some of my concoctions here. First up, a refreshing summer crowd pleaser, the Watermelon Basil Margarita which I adapted from Martha Stewart’s recipe. It’s meant to be made in big batches and perfect for 4th of July festivities.


  • 7 1/2 pounds seedless watermelon, rind removed, fruit cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 teaspoons superfine sugar
  • 6 ounces (3/4 cup) silver tequila
  • 24 basil leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
  • 3 ounces (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) triple sec
  • 6 cups small ice cubes

1. Place 24 watermelon cubes on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Cover, and freeze at least 1 hour (up to 2 days).

2. Puree remaining watermelon and the sugar in a blender until smooth. Pass through a sieve lined with cheesecloth into a bowl. You should have 3 cups. Note: I skipped the cheesecloth which left just a bit of watermelon texture to the cocktail. Use the cheesecloth if you want it smoother.

Place tequila and basil in a glass pitcher, and crush with a wooden spoon. Stir in watermelon juice and triple sec.

Place watermelon cubes in glasses. Using a cocktail shaker, mix 3/4 cup margarita with 1 cup ice. Strain into a glass. Repeat. Serve garnished with basil.

Grab some friends. Sit on some grass. Watch some fireworks. Sip.


  1. This looks and sounds Delicious! Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to try it.

  2. these sound DIVINE! putting this on my short list for recipes to try this summer

  3. this sounds so fresh and delicious, I’m going to give it a try!

  4. Watermelon and Tequila. How can you go wrong! PS Your photos are fabulous!

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