Whenever I make something that’s tequila based, at least half the people I offer it to get this faraway look in their eyes and then say, “Oh, I don’t really like tequila….”
I know that’s code for, “One time in college I did five shots in a row from a stranger’s navel, then chased it with a 2am visit to Taco Bell. If I never see a shot of tequila or a crunch wrap again, it will be too soon.” I’m not sure why that phenomenon is so particular to tequila, but I guess it's not like anyone was serving Vesper martinis at their 21st birthday party.
Anyways, for the half of you that managed to make it to adulthood without developing this aversion, I strongly suggest you try this combination. And even if you typically go without salt on your margaritas, you must try at least a little on this one - salt brings out the sweetness in the watermelon and complements the lime and tequila, and really just adds something special to this drink. Watermelon is very hydrating, so you can enjoy a few of these with no danger of a hangover!*
2oz Tequila Blanco
1oz Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
4oz watermelon juice
1tsp of sugar (if your watermelon isn't very sweet)
Juice of 1/2 a lime
Juice watermelon by placing about 2 or 3 cups of watermelon chunks in a blender, then straining through a fine mesh strainer. Salt your rim by taking the juiced lime and running it around the rim, then setting on a plate of kosher or coarse sea salt. Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over ice.
*This is not true at all. Enjoy your Taco Bell tonight, dummy.