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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Healthier Margarita

May 3, 2013

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This weekend is Cinco de Mayo! It’s time to break out the sombreros and guacamole for a fiesta with family and friends. If you’re looking for a festive drink to serve this year that won’t leave you feeling guilty, we’ve got you covered. This watermelon margarita promises to be a crowd-pleasing cocktail. It’s refreshing, light and fruity with just the right kick!

Serving children at your party too? Just omit the alcohol and top off the blended drink with a splash of seltzer water for a fizzy watermelon cooler.

Watermelon Margaritas

Adapted from Cooking Light


  • 2 teaspoons large crystal salt such as Kosher Salt

  • 1 lime wedge

  • 3 1/2 cups cubed seeded watermelon

  • 1/2 cup tequila

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon Triple Sec (orange-flavored liqueur)

  • Fresh Mint (for garnish)


  1. Place 2 teaspoons salt in a saucer. Rub the rims of 6 glasses with 1 lime wedge; spin rim of each glass in salt to coat. Set prepared glasses aside.

  2. Combine watermelon and next 4 ingredients (through Triple Sec) in a blender; process until smooth. Fill each prepared glass with 1/2 cup crushed ice. Add ½-cup margarita to each glass.

  3. Garnish with a few fresh mint leaves.

What’s your favorite Cinco de Mayo meal?