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Mellow Rita

Mellow Rita
Recipe Date:
July 24, 2019
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Imperial (US)
  • 12 cups Cubed Watermelon (med sized watermelon)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Bottle of Mellow Blush
  • 1/4 cup Lime Juice
  • 1 1/2 cups Tequila (optional)


Cut watermelon into cubes. Set 6 cups aside for the simple syrups and 6 cups aside for the watermelon juice. 

Step 1

FOR SIMPLE SYRUP: Combine 6 cups of watermelon and 1 cup of sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Use a potato masher or another utensil to mash the watermelon and sugar together, pushing out the liquid and dissolving the sugar. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl or jar, pressing the watermelon to extract all the liquid. Set aside to cool completely. Makes just over 1 cup of simple syrup.

Step 2

FOR WATERMELON JUICE: Combine the other 6 cups of watermelon and wine in a blender. Blend until smooth, pour through a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl or jar.

Step 3

COMBINE the tequila, 1.5  cups of the watermelon juice, lime juice, and 1/4 simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until thoroughly chilled, about 30 seconds, and pour into glasses rimmed with lime juice and coarse salt. Garnish with lime wedges and serve immediately.