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Watermelon Margarita

Summer - warm weather, fun gatherings and the chance to enjoy some great fruity drinks! This recipe for Watermelon Margaritas is so refreshing on hot days. One sip will have you begging for more. Enjoy!

Watermelon Margaritas

Makes four servings

• 1/2 c. white sugar

• 1/2 c. water

• 3 strips orange zest

• 2 c. cubed seeded watermelon

• 3/4 c. white tequila

• 1/4 c. lime juice

• salt or sugar for rimming glasses (optional)

• 1 lime, cut into wedges

• 2 c. crushed ice, or as needed

Bring a half cup sugar, water, and orange zest in a small saucepan to boil, stirring constantly. Simmer until sugar is dissolved, about three minutes. Remove simple syrup from heat and allow to cool completely.

Place watermelon in a blender or food processor. Pulse until pureed.

Stir watermelon puree into a large pitcher with simple syrup, tequila and lime juice.

Place a small amount of salt or sugar into a saucer. Rub edge of margarita glasses with a lime wedge to moisten. Lightly dip the rim of the glass into the saucer to rim the glass; tap off excess salt or sugar.

Fill rimmed glasses with crushed ice; pour margarita mixture into glasses and garnish with lime wedges to serve.