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This Watermelon Paloma is the perfect drink to serve on a patio. Much better than a mixer, the watermelon gives this traditionally Mexican cocktail a sweet and colourful punch. Add a watermelon wedge for a festive garnish at your next fiesta!

Serves 2 cocktails

Watermelon Paloma
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  • Kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) lime juice
  • 3 oz (90 mL) silver tequila

  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) grapefruit juice

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) cubed watermelon

  • 1 cup (250 mL) watermelon juice, frozen in ice cube tray (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons (10 mL) agave nectar

  • Ice cubes
  • club soda

  • mint or basil for garnish

  • watermelon wedge for garnish


  1. Pour a generous amount of salt on a small plate. Line the rims of two glasses with lime juice and gently dip the rims into the salt. Combine the silver tequila, grapefruit juice, watermelon, and agave in a cocktail shaker. Use a muddler to mash the watermelon with the rest of the ingredients. Add ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. 

  2. Carefully add ice cubes to your prepared glasses and, using a strainer, pour the tequila mixture over the ice. Top with club soda and garnish with mint or basil and a small watermelon wedge.

This recipe was kindly provided by our featured member, National Watermelon Promotion Board!

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