by Meredith Antunez July 26, 2017


My kids love watermelon, and right now is the perfect time of year to enjoy it.  But the average weight of a supermarket watermelon is 20 pounds!  That goes a long way in my household, too long in fact.  I hate waste, and I love happy hour, so I found a few creative ways to use it up.  Two of my favorite recipes for summertime cocktails are below, and a great way to use up the excess. Win-win!


Watermelon Margarita

Serves 4

4 cups fresh cubed watermelon

2T sugar (optional)

6 oz.  tequila (silver or reposada, personal preference)

1/2 cup fresh lime juice

2 oz. St. Germain (Elderflower liquer)

Combine watermelon and sugar (if using) in blender, and puree until smooth.  Pour through a fine mesh strainer.  Combine tequila, lime juice and elderflower liquer.  Pour over ice into salt-rimmed glasses, garnish with lime and a cucumber wedge and enjoy!


Summer Sangria

Serves 5-6

1 bottle white wine 

1/4 cup brandy, triple sec or St. Germain

1 lemon, sliced thin

1 lime, sliced thin

1 cup watermelon puree

1 cup cubed watermelon

1 cup assorted cut fruit or mixed berries

Fresh mint, for garnish

Combine all ingredients and chill for 2-4 hours.  Pour over ice and garnish with fresh mint sprigs.

Meredith Antunez
Meredith Antunez


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