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Entertain, Summer, Wine & Cocktails


You guys, this week has been such a whirlwind! Between spending time in the prairies working ahead on some exciting new projects, capturing tons of content for JustineCelina, publishing 3 blog posts, speaking at a YYC Blogger Babes event last night about The Business of Blogging and attending another event earlier today for a new partnership — I’m totally having a cocktail (or two) tonight as I finish up this post!

If you’ve been following along with my Insta Stories this summer, you’ve undoubtedly seen me whip up a Watermelon Frosé Margarita. She was a fun recipe to test and a fast favourite among friends and family — a pretty, pink cocktail gone rogue! This time, my Connecting Over Cocktails crew and I are serving up an array of seasonal, fruity cocktails for our Summer Edition and I knew I wanted to do something a bit different. Today I’m shaking things up with my Watermelon Frosé Margaritas — an icy sangria 2.0 with an attitude, and tequila on her breath! In true JustineCelina style, she’s made with just 5 ingredients blended over frozen watermelon creating a naturally sweet, feisty summer cocktail that embraces fruity flavours with a margarita essence and a Himalayan pink salted rim! If you, too are in desperate need of a refreshing cocktail this weekend (hellooooooo, heatwave), check out the bottom of this post for inspired summer sips from my mega talented foodie friends!


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Another day, another offbeat ingredient combination here at JustineCelina — but I (along with the 7 recipe testers I enlisted) happen to think dry rosé and tequila are a match made in heaven! If you’re frequent my WINE & COCKTAILS section, you’ll understand my love for rosé and sangria — but this summer, I’ve also been really in to frozen margaritas and frosé (the cocktails have been flowing this summer, what can I say?!). So here she is — my Watermelon Frosé Margaritas are a frosé, sangria and watermelon margarita love child!

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Like any good margarita, she starts with a healthy dose of tequila. I’ve mentioned this before, but my tequila of choice is Reposado — we fell in love in Oaxaca a few years ago and I’ve never strayed. This beautiful bottle is actually one we brought home from our last trip — and it’s almost gone, so I’ve been rationing it like an insane woman! Next up, rosé. But not just any rosé — my favourite rosé, ever! Longtime readers may have heard me mention Creston, British Columbia’s small (but truly incredible) wine region and that’s where this Baillie Ghroman Blanc de Noirs Rosé hails from. It’s a vibrant, off dry Pinot Noir rosé with notes of red berries, pomegranate, watermelon, raspberry and cranberry — and it couldn’t be more perfect in this cocktail. If you ever find yourself in Creston, I can’t recommend stopping in to Baillie Ghroman and neighboring Skimmerhorn Winery enough. I have my favourites from both vineyards (I seriously bring home cases of this wine each summer!) — if you want more deets, just shoot me a message.

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Now for our fringe ingredients! In my testing, I found that just 1/2 an ounce of Triple Sec was necessary to really make these margaritas sing. Believe it or not, Triple Sec isn’t a liqueur I owned until testing this recipe — but it’s a versatile, orange flavoured mixer that I can see working well in many future creations. I also found that my my Watermelon Frosé Margaritas called for a hit of fresh lime juice to help balance the sweetness of the frozen watermelon. The lime juice makes her incredibly refreshing and also provides that quintessential margarita essence. And of course, she’s loaded with frozen watermelon — an ingredient that just screams summer to me! I worked with a watermelon and lime combination in my Detoxifying Watermelon Mint Limeade and my Spiced Strawberry Watermelon Gazpacho, but I’ve been itching to use it in a cocktail. And last but not least, that sassy, Himalayan pink salted rim! I love balance in my cocktails, so a salted rim was the clear choice here. Not to mention — it sure is pretty!

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I know you like your options, so I’ve included recipes for a single drink or a whole blender full for you today. So many of you have asked for this recipe since I started testing back on Canada Day — it’s such an easy recipe to whip up while you’re entertaining! At a BBQ earlier this month, we actually brought the Vitamix outside and set up a little bar area. That was a fun night!

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Serves 1

• 1 oz Reposado tequila
• 1 oz dry rosé
• 1/2 oz Triple Sec
• 1 oz fresh lime juice
• 1 cup frozen watermelon
• Himalayan pink salt

Watermelon Frosé Margaritas // JustineCelina.com

Serves 4 (makes a blender full!)

• 1/2 cup Reposado tequila
• 1/2 cup dry rosé
• 1/4 cup Triple Sec
• 1 /2 cup fresh lime juice (4 oz or approximately 2 limes)
• 4 cups frozen watermelon
• Himalayan pink salt


• Half a lime yields approximately 1 oz of lime juice (or 2 tbsp)
• Half a large watermelon yields about 6 – 7 cups of cubes

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1. Make your life easier by chopping your fresh watermelon into cubes and freeing it the night before. If you’re in a hurry, freeze for a minimum of 4 hours.

2. Add all ingredients to your Vitamix (or similar) and blend until smooth.

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3. Add extra lime juice to a saucer to coat the rim of each glass. Add a thin layer of Himalayan pink salt to another saucer. Dip rim of your glass into the lime juice first, then into the Himalayan pink salt to create a salted rim.

4. Pour your Watermelon Frosé Margaritas into the salted rim glasses, serve and enjoy.

Optional: Add a few frozen watermelon cubes to each glass to keep your drink chilled — then enjoy them after you’ve finished your cocktail. They’re delish!

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You know who else loves cocktails a good cocktail? My Canadian food blogger friends! If you’ve been along for the ride here at JustineCelina for awhile, you’ve likely heard me gush about their work — my Food Bloggers of Canada community is invaluable to me I’m very fortunate to call this handful of bloggers my friends. And any friend of mine can make a mean drink! This time around we’ve added a couple of new members to our Connecting Over Cocktails family, so be sure to swing by for a refreshing summer sip and tell them I sent you!

Bernice at Dish ‘n’ the Kitchen’s Friday Flame

Dana at Killing Thyme’s Blueberry Lemon Vodka Fizz

Jen at Mud on Her Boots’s Honeyed Blackcurrant Cordial Smash

Jess at Cooking in my Genes’s Cherry Bourbon Lemonade Smash

Samantha at My Kitchen Loves’s Spiked Peach Iced Tea

Sean at Diversivore’s The Clock Calm Currant Gin & Tonic

P.S. – You can index our recipes via social media with the hashtag #FBCConnectingOverCocktails, if that’s your preferred method of browsing!

Watermelon Frosé Margaritas // JustineCelina.com


Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria

Green Jalapeño Margaritas

White Citrus Sangria

Red Wine Ceasars

Blood Orange Creamsicle Mimosas

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What’s your favourite summer fruit to infuse into cocktails? Surprisingly, I’m still not over my watermelon kick — or sick of this recipe (that’s how I know something’s really delicious!). If you try my Watermelon Frosé Margaritas (or any of the other cocktails in this collaboration) I’d love to hear from you!

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Leave me a comment, or tag me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. You can use the hashtag #justinecelinarecipes in your recreations so I can find them — it’s always so much fun seeing what you guys make! I also have a Pinterest board for my recipes if you’re looking for more plant based culinary inspiration. Have a great weekend everyone — and may it be fueled by delicious cocktails!

Thank you to The Food Bloggers of Canada for featuring this recipe in their 25 Juicy Watermelon Recipes roundup.

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored, and contains my genuine thoughts, ideas and recommendations. JustineCelina uses affiliate and referral links, which allow me to receive a small commission when you make a purchase through one of my links. Thank you for supporting the brands and businesses that support JustineCelina.com!

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  • Reply Dana July 29, 2017 at 10:34 am

    I love love love the way you describe this gem: “an icy sangria 2.0 with an attitude, and tequila on her breath!” Sounds right up my alley! You are quite the mixologist, my friend. You’ve always got the right blend of seasonal flavors, and it always seems as though you’ve got something familiar to appease the non-adventurous with something a little daring to help them step outside of the box. Lovely creation, as always! These ongoing seasonal collabs are one of my favorite things.

    This also reminded me that I have a container full of cut up watermelon in my fridge right now! 😀

    • Reply Justine July 30, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Thanks for the love, Dana! I’d had a couple glasses of wine when I wrote this post (hello late night Friday blogging!) so that’s probably why I was feeling empowered! Haha. Anyway, I’m so glad you enjoyed this fun concoction — it’s one of my favourite cocktails here on the blog and I’m not sick of it yet after almost a month of testing, which means I’ve done something right. 😉 Cheers my friend — to many more Connecting Over Cocktails adventures! I’m off to check out your Blueberry Lemon Vodka Fizz first thing tomorrow morning with a big cup of coffee.

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  • Reply Jess July 29, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    What a lovely, summery mingling of flavours! I love the combination and with the hot summer weather I can’t wait to blend this drink up to enjoy on the patio 🙂

    • Reply Justine July 30, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      Thanks so much Jess — I’d love to make one for you sometime! I see a cocktail adventure (and possibly a picnic!) in our near future. Hope you’re having the best time in Toronto and I can’t wait to catch up when you’re home. Cheers, lady!

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    Love this very fresh and summery feel marg Justine! The right amount of attitude indeed. Watermelon is the perfect pairing with rose (and I love that bottle very much). I’m hoping to give this a try on our vacation next week. Well done!

    • Reply Justine July 31, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Thank you so much, Sam! You’ve got to venture out to Creston Valley sometime to Baillie Ghroman. You would absolutely love it! If you do try the recipe I would love your feedback. Enjoy your vacation — I’m of to oogle your Spiked Peach Iced Tea Slushy!

  • Reply Sean July 31, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    I thought of you and your love for rosé the other day. I was in a wonderful little restaurant enjoying a glass of BC rosé and thinking that your love for the blushing wine had finally rubbed off on me. Gotta say, it was a fine glass of wine. Now you’ve got me thinking about it in cocktails too! Love the combination of flavours here, and that gorgeous bottle of tequila sounds wonderful. I don’t blame you for rationing it! Fantastic work, and as always I’m so happy to be part of this little cocktail collaboration with you!

    • Reply Justine July 31, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      Your comment brought a big smile to my face, Sean! I love that you’re branching out into rosé. There are indeed some mighty fine BC rosés out there! Rosé can get a bad rap, but as someone who’s always preferred dry wine and only mildly sweet cocktails, I’ve always been able to find a rosé that suits my palette. It’s also a great mixer — in sangria, as well as margaritas! Thanks for the kudos and cheers to another fun installment of Connecting Over Cocktails!

  • Reply jen August 2, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Beautiful, once again Justine. I just love the way you always have flowers somewhere in the picture, like there’s a massive bouquet just outside the frame that the wind has blown a few errant blooms onto your tablescape just so. Also, the pink sea salt? Love that. It’s totally summer in a glass!

    • Reply Justine August 2, 2017 at 11:58 am

      Thanks so much Jen. I suppose it’s become a bit of a signature for me, since I work with Rebecca Dawn Design so often to bring flower content to JustineCelina. These little yellow blooms were actually foraged from my Mom’s garden (I shot this post on the veranda just next to it!) and canola from the fields right across the road. 🙂 I appreciate the thoughtful comment — it’s always a pleasure collaborating with you!

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    Pretty much the only reason I bought a vitamix was to make slushy cocktails (don’t tell hubby). Great idea to include the recipe for a pitcher-full because, really, who is only going to have one? Although you ARE assuming that I would be sharing with 4 people…

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      Haha! Excellent. Well I’d be flattered if you added this concoction to the slushy cocktail menu!

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