Tequila- Soaked Watermelon Wedges

This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: 4th of July Recipes.

Tequila- Soaked Watermelon Wedges

Fun recipe for an adult summer party... make sure the kids are nowhere to be found though!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time:20 min + time for chilling


1 inch-thick watermelon wedges (enough to lay flat in two 9x13-inch baking dishes)
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup tequila
1/4 cup Triple Sec
2 limes, halved or cut into wedges
sea salt


1. Arrange watermelon wedges in a single layer in 2 (9x13-inch) baking dishes.

2. Prepare Spiked Simple Syrup: Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring until sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in tequila and Triple Sec. Set aside to cool.

3. Pour cooled syrup over watermelon and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes (longer if you wish).

4. Remove watermelon from syrup, and arrange on a platter. Squeeze limes over the watermelon and sprinkle with sea salt.


*An alternative way to serve these: you can use a melon scooper to scoop out round balls of watermelon to soak in the syrup, then place two watermelon balls on a toothpick and serve them that way (more like an appetizer).

Source: RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from Martha Stewart)

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  • Donna Sue Shaw -Brame wrote:

    Going to use this recipe for an anniversary party.

  • BJ wrote:

    Had an 80s party we made this it was such a hit no one touched the keg. Ppl were adding the juice to tequila it was crazy but this was super awesome. Making this again tonight for a lake trip thanks so much.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Awesome to hear!

  • Jossielyn wrote:

    Just bought a watermelon and am making this for a potluck. I was told to bring fruit…Can’t wait! Thanks for the recipe.

  • Ash wrote:

    Boiling the tequila will cook out the alcohol.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      @Ash, Yes, I suppose if you boil it for some time. You can always add in the alcohol after boiling the sugar-water if you’d like the alcohol flavor to be more prominent.

  • Mrs. L wrote:

    Wait. Maybe my leftover watermelon needs to go to make this!

  • Natalie (The Sweets Life) wrote:

    I have a large watermelon at home and I’m tempted to make these for my husband and I tonight.. 🙂

  • Sarah wrote:

    Fun stuff!