A Spicy Watermelon Margarita? Sure! (Photo courtesy STK LA).  A Watermelon Mojito Cocktail (photo courtesy The Merry Thought).  Tajin seasoning, a versatile hot spice blend (photo courtesy Tajin Products).
If you’re buying a watermelon for the holiday weekend, buy a bigger one and make watermelon cocktails.
Somehow, that name didn’t ring true so we’re calling it as we see it: a Spicy Watermelon Margarita. We have more watermelon cocktail recipes below.
RECIPE: SPICY WATERMELON MARGARITA
Ingredients Per Drink
1. MAKE the glass rimer: Combine the sugar, salt and chile in the proportions you prefer. We used 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon chili flakes. Moistening the rims of the glasses, twist in the mixture. Set aside.
2. MUDDLE the chile and watermelon in a cocktail shaker. Add the tequila, lime and simple syrup.
3. SHAKE and strain on the rocks into the rimmed glasses.
Made by Tajin Products, a Mexican company, this mildly spicy seasoning combines chili, lime and salt. It is delicious on fruits: citrus, cucumber, melon, and tropical fruit (mango, papaya, pineapple, etc.); and in cooked fruit recipes.
It’s a versatile seasoning. In addition to its popularity as a glass rimmer for cocktails or juice drinks, try it on:
A Mexican staple, you can find Tajin seasoning in the Mexican foods aisle in supermarkets, in Latin American food stores, and online.
RECIPE: WATERMELON MOJITO MOCKTAIL
Thanks to The Merry Thought for this luscious cocktail. Designated drivers, kids, non-drinkers and the regular cocktail crowd will clamor for it.
For extra fun and flavor, make the ice cubes from watermelon juice.
1. BLEND the watermelon, lime juice and 1 teaspoon sugar in a blender until smooth. Muddle 2 mint leaves with 1/4 teaspoon sugar in the bottom of each glass. Add the watermelon pur ée, filling the glass about 1/2 full.
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