Watermelon-Basil Margaritas

Recipe by drbecca26
READY IN: 1hr 30mins


  • 7 12
    lbs seedless watermelon, rind removed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4
    teaspoons superfine sugar
  • 6
    ounces silver tequila (I used Patron)
  • 24
    basil leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
  • 3
    ounces triple sec
  • 6
    cups small ice cubes


  • Place 24 watermelon cubes on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Cover and freeze at least 1 hour, or up to 2 days.
  • Puree remaining watermelon and the sugar in a blender until smooth. Pass through a sieve lined with cheesecloth into a bowl. You should have 3 cups.
  • Place tequila and basil in a glass pitcher and crush with a wooden spoon. Stir in watermelon juice and triple sec.
  • Place watermelon "ice" cubes in glasses. Using cocktail shaker, mix 3/4 cup margarita with 1 cup ice. Strain into a glass. Repeat. Serve garnished with basil.