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RECIPE: The Marina-Rita - An Original Watermelon Margarita

The River Galís Galley

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2018
By: Nicole Hartshorn

Whether you’re docked at a marina, a yacht club, or even right outside on your private dock, we all have one thing in common – our love for boating!

Captain Tom, the skippers, and I keep our Sundancer at a marina in the charming little town of Clayton, NY. Clayton is known for its unique restaurants, award-winning wineries, and sought-after marinas. We have made life-long friendships and unforgettable memories at our marina, and we are proud to call Clayton our home-away-from-home every summer.

Being with friends and family out on the water on a beautiful, sunny day brings a feeling of delight, but, for those times the weather is less than ideal, our marina has what we like to call “a dock day.” On one of our dock days, you will most likely see kids laughing and playing on the docks, platters of homemade Italian treats and fancy cheeses coming from our nautical neighbor’s boat Rooks Hook, and the sounds of Jimmy Buffet or Blues Traveler coming from the radar-arch speakers on Summer Passion.

Yet another familiar sound you will hear on one of our dock days is the sound of a blender mixing up frozen cocktails. Captain Tom’s favorite blender drink is a frozen treat I have named “The Marina-Rita” and, sadly, is the only way I can get my husband to eat fruit.

The River Gal

The Marina-Rita

An original Watermelon Margarita
Serves 4

Stock your galley with:

  • 2-3 cups cut up watermelon
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite tequila
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 cup lemon lime soda
  • Watermelon garnish


Fill your blender about halfway with ice. Then, add the watermelon, tequila, lime juice, triple sec, and lemon lime soda. Blender ‘er up! Pour equally in four glasses. Add a slice of watermelon as your garnish. Try not to go overboard with this one; it can sneak up on you. You might want to wear a life jacket... just in case.

Interested in trying more of my recipes or know a boater who would be? Give me a shout at [email protected]. Search for River Entertaining / Nicole Hartshorn at, or find it at Barnes & Noble to buy your copy. (Prices may vary depending on the distributor.)

This article first appeared in the Fall Issue (Sept/Oct) 2018 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.

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