Watermelon Daiquiri


Preparing fresh watermelon juice gives this blend-and-sip cocktail from Ten to One distillery CEO/founder Marc Farrell a burst of cool melon flavor, though fresh, high quality store-bought juice will work here, too. It's a rum drink for margarita lovers, with a salted rim that balances tart lime juice with sweet agave syrup and just as easily makes 1 drink with leftover juice as it does 8 for a crowd.

Total Time:
5 mins


  • 4 cups chopped seedless watermelon (about 1 pound)

  • Kosher salt

  • 5 tablespoons (2 1/2 ounces) white rum (such as Ten To One)

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

  • ½ tablespoon agave nectar

  • Ice cubes

  • Watermelon slice


  1. Process chopped watermelon in a blender until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour processed watermelon through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a medium bowl to yield 1 1/2 cups watermelon juice (enough for 8 cocktails). Discard solids. Chill juice until ready to make cocktails.

  2. Salt half the rim of a chilled coupe glass. Add white rum, lime juice, agave nectar, and 3 tablespoons watermelon juice to a cocktail shaker filled three- fourths of the way with ice. Cover and shake vigorously until well combined, about 10 seconds. Strain into coupe glass. Garnish with a watermelon slice.

    watermelon daiquiri with watermelon wedge
    Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Rishon Hanners / Prop Styling by Lydia Pursell
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