watermelI have an idea. Serve these watermelon wedges at your next barbecue or picnic without telling anyone they’ve been soaked in tequila. Your guests won’t know what hit them! What fun. Better, at least, than those silly Jello shots that were popular a few years ago.

When I saw this recipe in the July 2009 issue of Martha Stewart Living I had one of those why didn’t I think of that moments that I often have when I look through this magazine. The naysayers may take issue with Martha’s recipes, but no one can fault her creativity.

Be sure to soak the watermelon for at least an hour. It will become more flavorful the more you soak it. Garnish with coarse sea salt for extra pizazz.

Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges


from Martha Stewart Living July 2009

serves 4


1 small seedless watermelon , quartered and cut into 1-inch wedges

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup water

1/2 cup tequila

1/2 cup Triple Sec

2 limes, cut into wedges

coarse sea salt


1) Arrange watermelon in a single layer in two 9×13 baking dishes. Bring sugar, water, tequila, and Triple Sec to a boil in a small saucepan. Cook until sugar dissolves, stirring continuously, about 1 minute. Let cool slightly.

2) Pour syrup over watermelon and refrigerate for an hour. Remove watermelon from syrup and arrange on a platter. Squeeze limes over the melon and season with salt.