Introducing the Scherzy-Rita, Nicole Scherzinger’s Quarantine Cocktail

May 14, 2020 • NOW//with

Ah, the margarita. The classic cocktail made with tequila and lime juice never fails to disappoint, especially in the midst of a pandemic. (It’s no wonder that every celebrity you follow is pouring nearly every single night.) But have you heard of the Scherzyrita? Most likely not, considering it was just introduced to us by none other than former Pussycat Dolls singer and Masked Singer judge Nicole Scherzinger at our latest shoppable happy hour. 

“It’s something different,” says Scherzinger, who puts a thoughtful spin on the traditional frozen marg by adding simple syrup, watermelon chunks, and a jalapeño slice for a little extra kick. “You can’t have a Scherz-rita without some spice,” she says. 

Not only is the drink absolutely delicious, it’s visually appealing, rendering it ideal for Zoom happy hours. Plus, it’s fun, festive, and super easy to make at home if you have a blender handy (we’re big fans of the Nutri-Bullet). Below, get the full breakdown of the recipe from the source herself, plus all the kitchen essentials you need to host a celeb-inspired happy hour. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?

Spicy Watermelon Scherzyrita

6 oz tequila blanco
4 oz simple syrup
2 oz fresh lime juice
1 ½”-thick jalapeño slice


Purée the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy.

NutriBullet: Nutribullet Pro 900W 13-Piece ALL BLACK ($89.99) – This sleek and compact blender can mix up a delicious frozen drink in seconds.

OXO: Good Grips® Citrus Squeezer in Yellow ($16.99) – Get the maximum amount of juice with this easy-to-grip squeezer.

Two’s Company: Don’t Ask Old Fashion Glass ($10) – Because all Scherzyrita’s should be consumed without judgment. You do you.

Crate and Barrel: Oregon Double Old-Fashioned Glass ($5.95) – A clean, versatile design that works well for every occasion.

Bordallo Pinheiro: Watermelon Salad Bowl ($60) – The chicest way to serve your leftover watermelon.