Watermelon-Tequila Cocktails


When watermelon is in abundance, this is a great way to use it. Bobby Flay purees seedless watermelon chunks, then strains the juice through a sieve and mixes it with silver tequila, sugar syrup, blueberries, mint, and fresh lime juice.

Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
8 drinks


  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 8 cups diced seedless watermelon (1 pound)

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice

  • 1 3/4 cups blueberries

  • 3/4 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves, plus 8 sprigs for garnish

  • 1 1/4 cups silver tequila

  • Ice


  1. In a small saucepan, bring the water to a simmer with the sugar and stir over moderate heat until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute; let the sugar syrup cool.

  2. In a blender, puree the watermelon until smooth. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl and strain the watermelon juice, pressing gently on the solids to extract as much juice as possible. Discard the pulp.

  3. In a large pitcher, combine the sugar syrup with the lime juice, blueberries and mint leaves. Using a wooden spoon, lightly muddle the blueberries and mint. Add the watermelon juice and tequila. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.

  4. Pour the cocktail into tall ice-filled glasses. Garnish with the mint sprigs and serve.

    Watermelon-Tequila Cocktails
    © John Kernick
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