Watermelon Margaritas

These Watermelon Margaritas are the perfect summer drink! They’re made with freshly made watermelon juice, lime juice, tequila, cointreau, and an optional jalapeño for some extra heat.

Easy Watermelon Margarita Recipe

Is there anything better than fresh watermelon on a hot summer day? Yes. And it’s these Watermelon Margaritas on a hot summer day. My BEST Margarita Ever! recipe is a classic, and here’s a refreshing Summer twist on it!

This watermelon margarita recipe is so simple and so refreshing. It’s made with only fresh ingredients, naturally sweet thanks to the watermelon and lime juice, and perfect when you’re craving something light, fresh, and a little boozy! 

Ingredients Needed:

  • Ice: use as much or as little as needed to chill your watermelon margarita. 
  • Watermelon Juice: we’re making fresh watermelon juice with blended and strained watermelon cubes.
  • Booze: a couple ounces of tequila and an ounce of cointreau create the perfect boozy base for our margarita.
  • Lime Juice: freshly squeezed lime juice is my prefrence, but store-bought will work, too! This gives the margarita a touch of tangy freshness.
  • Jalapeño (optional): not required, but jalapeño slices add a delicious touch of heat.

Watermelon Juice

Have a watermelon cut up and won’t eat it all? That’s me all the time! Time for fresh watermelon juice.

Add fresh, seedless watermelon cubes to a blender and process until smooth. Strain out the pulp (if not using a high-speed blender) to make fresh watermelon juice.

What Alcohol is in a Watermelon Margarita?

For our fresh watermelon margarita, we’re using a combination of blanco tequila and cointreau—the dynamic duo when it comes to margaritas!

Tequila adds a sweet and spicy flavor while cointreau provides a touch of citrus.

How to Make Watermelon Margaritas

  1. Blend the watermelon: Add fresh, seedless watermelon cubes to a blender and process until smooth. Strain out the pulp (if not using a high-speed blender) to make fresh watermelon juice.
  2. Combine: To a shaker, add watermelon juice, tequila, lime, cointreau, ice, and optional jalapeño.
  3. Shake: Shake to combine, then serve immediately.

Want to Make it Spicy?

Add in one or two slices of fresh jalapeños into your shaker! Remember, the seeds in the jalapeño is what is the spiciest.

How Much Sugar is in a Watermelon Margarita?

None! This watermelon margarita recipe is totally sugar-free; just naturally sweetened thanks to the watermelon juice and lime juice. 

If you do prefer your cocktails with a little bit of sweetness, whip up a batch of homemade simple syrup and add it to taste.

What’s the Best Tequila for Making Margaritas?

Here are a few favorites:

  • Casamigos
  • Espolon

How Do You Make a Frozen Watermelon Margarita?

Just blend it up! Seriously. That’s it. You can easily transform your margarita on the rocks into a blended drink by mixing it all up with ice in a blender instead.

Be sure not to use too much ice. We don’t want to water it down!

Tips and Notes

  • Serve immediately. Once the ice is added, serve your margarita right away. No one likes a watery cocktail.
  • Make it sweeter. Feel free to add a drizzle of agave or a squeeze of simple syrup for a slightly sweeter drink.
  • Salt the rims. To salt the rim of your serving glass, squeeze a little bit of lime juice in one shallow dish and add margarita salt to another shallow dish. Dip the rim of the glass first in the juice, then dip it into the salt. 
  • Make a big batch. Multiply everything by as many drinks as you want to serve and mix it all up (without ice) in a pitcher. When you’re ready to serve, pour it over ice in your serving glasses!
  • Use another fruit. This recipe works great with any fruit you like! Try strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, mango, you name it. 
  • Make it virgin. Just leave out the tequila and use orange juice in place of the cointreau.

How Do You Make a Salt Rim?

You can make a salt (or sugar) rim two ways. The first is by squeezing lime or lemon juice (or water) onto a plate with edges, and then dipping the glass rim into it. Then dip the wet rim onto a plate of salt (or sugar).

Alternatively you can just take a lime or lemon wedge and rub it along the rim, and then dip it into the salt.

Making Ahead of Time

While I prefer to serve this fresh right away, you can totally prep it ahead of time.

Make the watermelon juice and store in a jar for 2-3 days.

Or… though not my preferred method, simply mix everything but the ice together and keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days. When you’re ready to serve, mix again, pour over ice, and enjoy!

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Watermelon Margaritas

These Watermelon Margaritas are the perfect summer drink! They’re made with freshly made watermelon juice, lime juice, tequila, cointreau, and an optional jalapeño for some extra heat.

  • Author: Lexi

Ingredients

Scale
  • Roughly 6 ounces fresh watermelon juice (from about 2 cups chopped watermelon, blended and strained)
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice (1 large lime)
  • Ice, as needed
  • Optional: 2 thinly sliced jalapeño rounds for a kick!

Instructions

  1. Make the watermelon juice: Add fresh, seedless watermelon cubes to a blender and process until smooth. Strain out the pulp and store in a jar or container!
  2. Combine: To a shaker, add watermelon juice, tequila, lime, cointreau, ice, and the optional jalapeño slices.
  3. Shake: Shake vigorously to combine.
  4. Salt the rim (optional): Take a lime or lemon wedge and rub it along the rim, and then dip it into the salt.
  5. Pour into glasses with extra ice, and serve immediately.

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June 22, 2022

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  1. great alt margarita, a nice summer version with so much watermelon around, so very nice and thank you!

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