Watermelon Margarita Recipe

The watermelon margarita is the perfectly summertime cocktail that combines the best of both worlds with sweet and sour flavors. This cocktail is the perfect summer drink that will leave you feeling cool and satisfied with every sip of this delicious watermelon margarita.
watermelon margarita recipe


Serve your Watermelon Margarita in a rock glass:

  • 2 cups of cubed watermelon (seeds removed)
  • 1/2 cup of tequila
  • 1/4 cup of fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup of orange liqueur (such as Cointreau)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of agave nectar (depending on desired sweetness)
  • Salt for rimming the glass (optional)
  • Watermelon slice or lime wedge for garnish (optional)

Tools & Equipment:

How to Make

  1. In a blender, puree the watermelon until smooth.
  2. Strain the watermelon puree through a fine-mesh strainer into a large measuring cup or bowl, pressing on the solids to extract as much juice as possible.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, combine the watermelon juice, tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, and agave nectar. Add ice and shake until well chilled.
  4. If desired, rim the edge of a glass with salt. To do this, rub a slice of lime around the rim of the glass, then dip the rim into a plate of salt.
  5. Fill the glass with ice and strain the watermelon margarita into the glass. Garnish with a slice of watermelon or lime wedge, if desired.


The Watermelon Margarita is a refreshing cocktail that combines the classic flavors of tequila, lime, and salt with the sweet taste of fresh watermelon. It is said to have originated in the 1980s in the Mexican state of Jalisco, where tequila is produced.

Watermelon Margarita Alterations

Over the years, the Watermelon Margarita has been adapted and improved upon, with variations adding spicy flavors like jalapeño or chili powder for an added kick. Some recipes also call for blending the watermelon to create a smoothie-like consistency, while others use watermelon juice or puree.

The cocktail has gained popularity in recent years, especially during the summer months when watermelon is in season. It’s a perfect cocktail for parties, BBQs, and beach trips. Plus, the vibrant pink color of the watermelon margarita is sure to impress your guests.

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