Photo by Iain Bagwell; written by Stephanie Dean, Elaine Johnson, and Amy Machnak
Prep Time20 minsFreeze Time3 hrsTotal Time3 hrs 20 mins

For a nonalcoholic version, skip the tequila and add a little water to help blend the mixture.

How to Make It

Step 1
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Cut melon into chunks and discard rind. Purée chunks in batches in a food processor. Pour mixture through a strainer into a bowl. Pour 4 cups into another bowl; whisk in lemon juice. Save any remaining watermelon juice for another use. Pour juice mixture into 4 ice cube trays* and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours or overnight.

Step 2
2

Make drinks: Whirl half the watermelon cubes in a food processor until broken up, then add 1 cup tequila and whirl until blended. Pour into a pitcher and repeat with remaining ingredients.

Step 3
3

*A standard ice cube tray has 14 cube slots.

Step 4
4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per drink.

Ingredients

 1 seedless watermelon (about 6 lbs.)
 3/4 cup lemon juice
 2 cups silver (also called blanco) tequila

Directions

Step 1
1

Cut melon into chunks and discard rind. Purée chunks in batches in a food processor. Pour mixture through a strainer into a bowl. Pour 4 cups into another bowl; whisk in lemon juice. Save any remaining watermelon juice for another use. Pour juice mixture into 4 ice cube trays* and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours or overnight.

Step 2
2

Make drinks: Whirl half the watermelon cubes in a food processor until broken up, then add 1 cup tequila and whirl until blended. Pour into a pitcher and repeat with remaining ingredients.

Step 3
3

*A standard ice cube tray has 14 cube slots.

Step 4
4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per drink.

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