The Ultimate Watermelon Margaritas for a Vineyard Cookout: Webisode #38

What's Going on Today: Trip to the Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Fair, lunch on the dock.
Naptime Goals: Put chicken in bbq sauce to marinate, make peach crumble, make Watermelon Margheritas.
Tonight's Menu: Home Guacamole, Cheese & Fruit, BBQ Chicken, Cous-Cous Salad, Green Salad, Watermelon Margaritas, Peach Crumble.
Parenting Lesson of the Day: The more kids the merrier.

One of the best part's about being on Martha's Vineyard for us is catching up with friends. We chose this week especially to come out and visit because we knew our friends would be here as well. Early in the week we took an awesome boat trip with our friend Phoebe from Big Girls, Small Kitchen, (more on that soon!), and the next night our friends Adam and Kate came over with their two boys for a BBQ.

Since it's summer vacation and we're all in a relaxed mindset we put together a fun, easy menu for everyone. During naptime we put the chicken in to marinate, made the peach crisp and whipped up a pitcher of these awesome margheritas. My friend Char gave me this recipe and I knew there was no better time to give it a try. Sweet and tasty, they are the perfect refreshment for an evening in the yard with the kids.

Char's Watermelon Margaritas
2 c. cubed watermelon
1 c. tequila
1/2 c. lime juice
1/2 c. triple sec (or 1/4 c. triple sec, 1/4 c. Cointreau)
1/4 c. confectioners' sugar
3 c. crushed ice

1. Puree watermelon until liquid. Strain liquid to remove extra pulp and seeds.
2. Add juice, tequila, lime juice, triple sec, sugar and ice. Mix well. Add sugar. Mix again. Serve.

Naptime Notes:
Naptime Recipe Ideas: This method would work well with other kinds of fruit like strawberries or peaches.
Naptime Stopwatch: Making these takes approximately 5 minutes, the put them in the fridge until you are ready to drink them!
Naptime Reviews: This was a huge hit with the adults, the children stuck with basic watermelon pieces, which suited them just fine.


  1. I was in Martha's Vineyard last week too! Its my favorite week of the summer with the Ag Fair, Illumination and Fireworks. What a great video and a beautiful place your inlaws have! I am totally a naptime cook too! Thats the only time I get a second to myself! Keep up the great work. I love the blog!

  2. Hi! What a small world! I am glad to hear you are a naptime chef, too! Hope you had a great vacation and thanks for visiting the blog!

  3. these look killer! gorgeous picture as well. you'll have to make these for me for our cocktail cruise, 2011. xx

  4. Hi Kelsey, I am a big tequila nut, and although there are MANY fantastic tequila brands out there, I highly recommend using Milagro brand reposado or anejo tequila for your watermelon margarita. It is my favorite mixing tequila, and offers a very pleasant balance between the agave oak and rich earthiness AND it won't have you hurting the next day (unlike Jose Cuervo, which I avoid at ALL costs because 1. it battles the subtleties of the other ingredients, and 2. is 9 out of 10 times the culprit for many people never being able to drink tequila again.

    For an added brilliance, add a couple of sprigs of fresh basil or mint before shaking. It adds an amazing dimension to the flavor!

  5. This looks delicious! What a great way cocktail to say goodbye to the summer.