June 11, 2020

Watermelon Margarita Recipe

Watermelon margarita

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I have missed bars and restaurants, but I have really missed my favorite mixologists. I love the sophistication of a good mixologist who can put a drink together that is far superior in taste and complexity than what I can usually make at home. I have enjoyed the cocktail kits that places like Red Cow, Pajarito, and Loon Liquors have put together, but nothing has been as good as the real thing. While we wait to be able to enjoy a full-service cocktail experience, I wanted to share this watermelon margarita with you. This drink is easy and reminds me of my favorite Aqua Frescas at the local eatery Crisp and Green, but with tequila.

Watermelon margarita

Watermelon Margarita Recipe

An ice cold margarita is, of course, great for a hot day, and watermelon is a quintessential summer flavor, so this is another warm weather drink. I usually think of warm weather happy hours with a drink like this, but it's also great for a tropical themed party any time of year.


  • 1 1/2 c watermelon juice (1 small ripe watermelon yields ~3-4 c juice)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 oz Silver or Blanco tequila
  • 1 oz Cointreau or simple syrup
  • Sea salt or sugar for lining the glass rim (optional)


  1. Pack a large blender full of cubed ripe watermelon (with or without seeds) and blend until you have a juice.
  2. Strain the juice with a fine mesh strainer from the pulp over a bowl.
  3. To make margaritas, add watermelon juice, lime juice, tequila, and Cointreau and a handful of ice to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously to combine. Sample a small amount and adjust flavor as needed, adding more watermelon juice for sweetness, lime juice for acidity, or tequila for booziness.
  4. Line the rim of two serving glasses with lime juice and sea salt (or sugar both are optional). Add ice and pour over margaritas.
  5. Leftover watermelon juice will keep covered in the refrigerator up to 3 days and is delicious with a 1/3 cup of sparkling or still water with a sprig of mint added.

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