Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Drink

Watermelon Margarita

Are you looking for a lively cocktail? This Watermelon Margarita recipe is just the ticket! It’s full of fresh flavors, super yummy, and a breeze to whip up.

Watermelon Margarita Recipe

Quench your thirst with this simple watermelon margarita recipe! Crafted with Tequila, Triple Sec, fresh watermelon, lime juice, and a pinch of salt, this refreshing cocktail is the epitome of summer refreshment.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

215 kl

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh watermelon cubes
  • oz Tequila
  • ¾ oz Triple Sec
  • ¾ oz fresh lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Salt and lime wedge, for rimming the glass
  • Watermelon slice, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Margarita Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass (optional): Run a lime wedge around the rim of your margarita glass, then dip in salt.
  • Blend Watermelon: Toss 1 cup fresh watermelon cubes into your blender and blend until smooth.
  • Add Lime Juice: Squeeze in the ¾ oz fresh lime juice.
  • Add Triple Sec: Measure and pour ¾ oz Triple Sec into the blender.
  • Add Tequila: Pour 1½ oz Tequila into the blender.
  • Add Ice: Finally, add 1-2 scoops of crushed ice to the blender.
  • Blend: Blend on high speed for a few seconds, until all the ingredients are well-mixed.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into your prepped margarita glass, garnish with a slice of watermelon, and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you're out of Tequila, you can use vodka or white rum as a substitute. Both will change the flavor profile slightly but still make for a delicious cocktail.
  • Triple Sec: If you don't have Triple Sec, other orange liqueurs like Grand Marnier or Cointreau will work fine. Agave syrup can also be a good option if you’re looking for a drink with a lower alcohol content. Last but not least, watermelon liqueur can also be a great option!
  • Fresh Watermelon: Frozen chunks or juice can be used instead of fresh watermelon.

Making a Pitcher of Watermelon Margarita:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 8 cups of watermelon, 12 oz of Tequila, 6 oz of Triple Sec, and 6 oz of freshly squeezed lime juice.
  • Blend: In a large blender, combine the watermelon, Tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, and ice (more or less a scoop per serving, so 8 scoops). Blend on high speed for a few seconds, until smooth.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual salt-rimmed margarita glasses, garnish with a watermelon slice, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute available in most supermarkets or online. Otherwise, you can use fresh orange juice as a substitute.
  • Triple Sec Substitute: Opt for an orange extract mixed with a bit of simple syrup to mimic the sweet citrus flavor of Triple Sec. Agave syrup can do the trick as well, as well as watermelon syrup if you have any!
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

This Watermelon Margarita recipe is vegan-friendly as it contains no animal products. Just make sure to check the labels of your alcohol substitutes when making a non-alcoholic version to ensure they're vegan, too.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
215
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.3
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.04
g
0
%
Sodium
 
4
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
20
g
7
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
17
g
19
%
Potassium
 
202
mg
6
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.1
g
Vitamin A
 
876
IU
18
%
Vitamin C
 
19
mg
23
%
Calcium
 
14
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.4
mg
2
%

 

Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Drink

Watermelon Margarita Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Quench your thirst with this simple watermelon margarita recipe! Crafted with Tequila, Triple Sec, fresh watermelon, lime juice, and a pinch of salt, this refreshing cocktail is the epitome of summer refreshment.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 215

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup fresh watermelon cubes
  • oz Tequila
  • ¾ oz Triple Sec
  • ¾ oz fresh lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Salt and lime wedge - for rimming the glass
  • Watermelon slice - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Margarita Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass (optional): Run a lime wedge around the rim of your margarita glass, then dip in salt.
  • Blend Watermelon: Toss 1 cup fresh watermelon cubes into your blender and blend until smooth.
  • Add Lime Juice: Squeeze in the ¾ oz fresh lime juice.
  • Add Triple Sec: Measure and pour ¾ oz Triple Sec into the blender.
  • Add Tequila: Pour 1½ oz Tequila into the blender.
  • Add Ice: Finally, add 1-2 scoops of crushed ice to the blender.
  • Blend: Blend on high speed for a few seconds, until all the ingredients are well-mixed.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into your prepped margarita glass, garnish with a slice of watermelon, and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you're out of Tequila, you can use vodka or white rum as a substitute. Both will change the flavor profile slightly but still make for a delicious cocktail.
  • Triple Sec: If you don't have Triple Sec, other orange liqueurs like Grand Marnier or Cointreau will work fine. Agave syrup can also be a good option if you’re looking for a drink with a lower alcohol content. Last but not least, watermelon liqueur can also be a great option!
  • Fresh Watermelon: Frozen chunks or juice can be used instead of fresh watermelon.

Making a Pitcher of Watermelon Margarita:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 8 cups of watermelon, 12 oz of Tequila, 6 oz of Triple Sec, and 6 oz of freshly squeezed lime juice.
  • Blend: In a large blender, combine the watermelon, Tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, and ice (more or less a scoop per serving, so 8 scoops). Blend on high speed for a few seconds, until smooth.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual salt-rimmed margarita glasses, garnish with a watermelon slice, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute available in most supermarkets or online. Otherwise, you can use fresh orange juice as a substitute.
  • Triple Sec Substitute: Opt for an orange extract mixed with a bit of simple syrup to mimic the sweet citrus flavor of Triple Sec. Agave syrup can do the trick as well, as well as watermelon syrup if you have any!
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

This Watermelon Margarita recipe is vegan-friendly as it contains no animal products. Just make sure to check the labels of your alcohol substitutes when making a non-alcoholic version to ensure they're vegan, too.

What is a Watermelon Margarita?

A Watermelon Margarita is a tequila-based cocktail made of fresh watermelon juice, lime juice, Triple Sec, and Tequila. It’s super easy to make as long as you can access fresh watermelons and a blender.

This refreshing beverage is a fruity variant of the classic Margarita, which traditionally consists of Tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau (or Triple Sec). Adding watermelon gives this version a sweet twist that makes it perfect for summer gatherings or poolside relaxation.

A side shot of a Watermelon Margarita cocktail in a margarita glass on a wooden coaster placed on a light blue table with a yellow plate with seven watermelon slices.

What is a Watermelon Margarita made of – The ingredients

The formula for a Watermelon margarita calls for these ingredients:

  • Watermelon: Provides the base flavor for the drink, giving it a sweet and refreshing taste.
  • Tequila: Adds the alcoholic kick to the Margarita. The type of Tequila used can subtly alter the flavor of the drink.
  • Lime Juice: Balances out the sweetness of the watermelon with its tartness while adding a citrusy freshness.
  • Ice: Chills the drink, making it more refreshing. It also dilutes the drink slightly, balancing out the intense flavors.
  • Salt: Often used to rim the glass, enhancing the overall flavor profile by providing a contrast to the sweetness of the drink.

Tequila, fresh watermelon cubes, Triple Sec, lime juice and lime laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Watermelon margarita?

Using our detailed guide, learn how to concoct a Watermelon margarita:

1
<p>Start by cutting a fresh watermelon into small chunks, and place them into a blender. You'll need about two cups of watermelon pieces. Make sure to remove any seeds and pieces of skin, as they can affect the texture and taste of your Margarita. </p>

Start by cutting a fresh watermelon into small chunks, and place them into a blender. You'll need about two cups of watermelon pieces. Make sure to remove any seeds and pieces of skin, as they can affect the texture and taste of your Margarita.

2
<p>Blend until the watermelon is completely pureed. This should only take a few seconds.</p>

Blend until the watermelon is completely pureed. This should only take a few seconds.

3
<p>Now, it's time to add the margarita mix. In the blender bowl, add 0.75 ounce of fresh lime juice.</p>

Now, it's time to add the margarita mix. In the blender bowl, add 0.75 ounce of fresh lime juice.

4
<p>Add 0.75 ounce of Triple Sec</p>

Add 0.75 ounce of Triple Sec

5
<p>Incorporate 1.5 ounces of Tequila.</p>

Incorporate 1.5 ounces of Tequila.

6
<p>Add one or two scoops of crushed ice to the mix. There should be roughly equal quantities of ice and liquid.</p>

Add one or two scoops of crushed ice to the mix. There should be roughly equal quantities of ice and liquid.

7
<p>Blend on high speed for a few seconds, until all the ingredients are blended smoothly.</p>

Blend on high speed for a few seconds, until all the ingredients are blended smoothly.

8
<p>Pour immediately into salt-rimmed margarita glasses.</p>

Pour immediately into salt-rimmed margarita glasses.

9
<p>Garnish with a small watermelon slice.</p>

Garnish with a small watermelon slice.

Variations

Want to explore more options? Here are some of my favorites:

  • Spicy Watermelon Margarita: A blend of fresh watermelon juice and a hint of chili pepper adds a kick that complements the sweet melon flavor. I really enjoy the heat from the chili; it adds an exciting twist that wakes up the taste buds.
  • Frozen Watermelon Margarita: Blended frozen watermelon chunks mix with traditional margarita ingredients to create a slushy and refreshing treat. It’s perfect for hot days, with its icy texture providing a satisfying cool down.
  • Watermelon Basil Margarita: Fresh watermelon and basil leaves come together to form a herbaceous and refreshing drink. The peppery note of basil contrasts beautifully with the sweetness of the watermelon.
  • Watermelon Cucumber Margarita: Watermelon pairs with cucumber for a light and hydrating flavor. The crispness of the cucumber enhances the juiciness of the watermelon, offering a refreshing sip.
  • Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita: The sweetness of watermelon and the fiery bite of jalapeño blend to create a vibrant and lively flavor. The bold spice of jalapeño cuts through the sweetness, making each sip memorable. I love how the spiciness lingers, keeping the experience lively.
  • Watermelon Mint Margarita: Juicy watermelon mixes with cool mint for a thirst-quenching drink. The mint adds a bright, clean finish to the sweet watermelon base, making it extremely enjoyable and refreshing.

A Watermelon Margarita cocktail, shot from above, in a margarita glass on a beige surface surrounded by tequila, triple sec, lime juice, half lime and three watermelon slices

History and Origin of the Watermelon Margarita

The Margarita was born in Mexico, with several tales claiming its invention. One famous story dates back to 1938. Carlos “Danny” Herrera, a restaurant owner, reportedly concocted the drink for a customer who was allergic to all alcohol except Tequila. But she found it too harsh to drink straight. To make it more palatable, Herrera combined the elements of a traditional tequila shot – salt and lime – into a refreshing cocktail.

 

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FAQ

How many calories does a Watermelon Margarita contain?
A typical Watermelon Margarita contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients and their quantities used in the recipe.
How strong is a Watermelon Margarita?
The strength of a Watermelon Margarita largely depends on the amount of alcohol used in the mix. Generally, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 15-18% and a proof of 30-36. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Watermelon Margarita?
Tequila is the primary alcohol used in a Watermelon Margarita, alongside some Triple Sec.
In which glass is a Watermelon Margarita typically served?
Traditionally, a Watermelon Margarita is served in a margarita glass with a distinctive wide-rimmed shape that allows salt to be applied to the rim if desired.
What does a Watermelon Margarita taste like?
A Watermelon Margarita offers a refreshing blend of sweet and sour flavors. The watermelon's sweetness balances out the lime juice's tartness, while the Tequila provides a smooth, warm undertone.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Watermelon Margarita?
The typical ratio for a Watermelon Margarita is 1 part Tequila, ½ part Triple Sec, ½ part fresh lime juice and roughly 5 parts or watermelon cubes.
How is a Watermelon Margarita served with ice?
Watermelon is a “frozen” drinks, meaning it is blended with ice and served like a slushy/slurpee/granita.

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