Yellow watermelon margarita with chipotle rim

I had other plans for the fragrant watermelon I’d bought at the farmers’ market last Sunday, but Kate Bush’s song “Eat the music” inspired me to make a sinfully delicious cocktail, one that is sure to make your taste buds sing…

I also thought the watermelon would be its usual seductive pink color, but it turned out to be deep-yellow — and, I might add, super-sweet!

The idea of garnishing the rim with more than just salt happened as I was making my first trial — it was a fluke! I found myself stirring into my sugar-salt mixture a bit of smoky chipotle powder. The result? As you put your nose in the glass to take your first sip you get a whiff of smokiness — an unbelievable counterpoint to the sweet aroma of the watermelon!

As for the drink itself, the Reposado tequila rounds off the flavor of the watermelon beautifully, the elderflower liqueur accentuates its lovely floral notes, and the fresh lime juice keeps everything in check. In a word: Heaven in a glass…

Cheers… And this time… Drink the music!

Yellow watermelon margarita with chipotle rim

Yellow Watermelon Margarita with Chipotle Rim

serves 1
active time: 10 min

For the rim

  1. 1 tablespoon organic sugar
  2. 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  3. 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle
  4. lime wedge

For the cocktail

  1. 2 oz (59ml) Reposado Tequila
  2. 1 1/2 oz (44ml) watermelon juice (see cook’s note)
  3. 3/4 oz (22ml) Saint Germain elderflower liqueur
  4. 3/4 oz (22ml) fresh lime juice

  1. Step 1: Place the sugar, salt and chipotle powder in a small bowl and mix well. Spread on a small plate. Moisten the rim of a cocktail glass with the lime wedge and dip the glass rim in the sugar/salt/chipotle mixture. Set aside.
  2. Step 2: For the cocktail – Shake all ingredients with ice cubes until a thin layer of frost appears on the outside of the shaker. Pour in the prepared glass and serve immediately!
  3. Cook’s note: To make the watermelon juice – remove rind and seeds of watermelon and cut flesh in 2” chunks. Place in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Then process until smooth and liquidy. Strain through a fine sieve. Transfer juice into large squeeze bottle and refrigerate until ready to use. Refrigerate up to 3 days (after 3 days the juice starts losing its flavor).

cocktail, margarita, watermelon
© 2011 Viviane Bauquet Farre Food & Style NY LLC

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33 Comments

  • Reply Rebecca September 18, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    what a great cocktail love your site

  • Reply Jen September 19, 2009 at 10:34 am

    I love Kate Bush! Hope she puts something new out soon. Brilliant idea to add chipolte to a Margarita-always looking for a way to kick it up a notch.

  • Reply tokyoterrace September 21, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    What a beautiful cocktail! I love making fun cocktails- there is something celebratory about it, regardless of if there is a special occasion or not. The color of this particular cocktail is stunning and makes for beautiful photos. Wonderful blog!

    • Reply Viviane Bauquet Farre September 21, 2009 at 5:51 pm

      Thank you so much for the heart warming comments! I can only say that this cocktail tastes as good as it looks!

      In fact, I’m making another round tonight…

      Cheers!

  • Reply SpellingBee September 23, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    “after 3 days the juice starts loosing its flavor”

    LOSING not LOOSING

    • Reply Viviane Bauquet Farre September 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm

      Touché! Corrected the spelling error… Thanks for pointing it out!

      There are always a few floating around… I do the best I can for the French-y that I am… :)

  • Reply anncoo September 23, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    I can’t stopped starring at it, this is so beautiful!

  • Reply Karine September 23, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    This margharita sounds delicious and so refreshing! Thanks for sharing:)

  • Reply Cookin' Canuck September 23, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    What an original idea! This certainly beats a standard strawberry margarita.

  • Reply Divina September 24, 2009 at 3:34 am

    I would like to have a glass now. That’s very creative and inventive. To me it is as I’m not good in mixing cocktails. The photo is just tempting.

  • Reply junglefrog September 25, 2009 at 2:11 am

    Love your blog! I just got pointed here via Jaden’s blog (as I am sure many more people will now..) and she is so right. Lovely blog and gorgeous photos!

    • Reply Viviane Bauquet Farre September 26, 2009 at 10:57 am

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m so very grateful to Jaden for her mention…

  • Reply Jessie September 25, 2009 at 8:53 am

    very refreshing, perfect cocktail to serve at a dinner party

  • Reply Debi September 25, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    It’s not even close to 5:00pm and I would like a sip of this drink right now—I’m excited to invite friends over and give them a try!
    TGIF!

  • Reply visda August 26, 2011 at 11:40 am

    wow. What a fantastic and refreshing drink for these hot summer days. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Julie Reihl August 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    That sounds awesome! I might have to go back to the store to get a watermelon – and how perfect for the season! I have those same glasses but the stem is red! I love them for appetizers too!

  • Reply Kelly August 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    What a gorgeous cocktail! I’m loving the chipotle rim, wow! :)

  • Reply Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. August 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I love the color of this cocktail!! It’s so pretty!

  • Reply Peggy August 26, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I love all of the creative drinks you always come up with! The chipotle rim is definitely a nice touch!

  • Reply Claire August 26, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    very beautiful! i love that you used yellow watermelon. Is it happy hour yet? Now I want a cocktail!

  • Reply Leila @ my Barbarian Table August 26, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    wow! fantastic, I can’t believe how badly I want this. this is the cocktail for the next brunch!
    just phenomenal!
    -Leila

  • Reply Eva Toneva August 27, 2011 at 2:18 am

    Fantastic cocktail!

  • Reply myFudo August 27, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Looks refreshing and delicious. Love the photo. Nice blog

  • Reply Liz August 27, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Another stunning cocktail! And what an ingenious idea for dipping the rim…kicks these up a notch :)

  • Reply Tiffany August 28, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Salt, sugar, and chipotle! That alone takes this margarita to another level! Just lovely!

  • Reply Sandra August 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Very pretty.

  • Reply Donna Ford August 25, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Looks & sounds refreshing! Looking forward to tasting it, :)

  • Reply mjskit August 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Thanks for bringing this recipe to the forefront! Besides just looking delicious, the combined flavors of chipotle and watermelon sounds very interesting. I love them both, but have never had them together. A must try margarita!

    • Reply Viviane August 27, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you Mj… and raising a glass to you my dear!

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