Watermelon Margarita

Watermelon Margarita
  1. 1 teaspoon lime zest
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 3 T coarse salt
  5. 1 lime wedge
  6. 1 cup watermelon puree**
  7. 2 T fresh lime juice
  8. 1/2 cup premium 100 percent agave tequila
  9. 2 T Triple Sec
  10. 1 cup ice
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the lime zest, water, and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat. Cool to room temperature and strain out the zest. (Can be made in advance; keep in a covered container in the refrigerator.)
  2. Chill a margarita glass in the freezer for 30 minutes. Place the coarse salt in a shallow dish or saucer. Wet the rim of the glass with a lime wedge and dip the glass into the salt, coating the top edge.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, combine 2 tablespoons of the cooled lime syrup with the watermelon puree, lime juice, tequila, orange-flavored liqueur, and ice. Shake until frothy and well chilled, at least 1 minute. Strain into the prepared glass and garnish with a lime wedge.
  4. ** To make the watermelon puree, remove seeds from fresh watermelon and cut into large chunks. Place in a blender and process until smooth and well pureed.

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