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Watermelon Margaritas

Recipe By Tessa Arias
April 30th, 2014
5 from 1 vote
5 from 1 vote

Watermelon Margaritas are the perfect refreshing and fun drink to impress your friends with on Cinco de Mayo or all summer long!

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

TASTE: Dangerously good. Like, be careful because there’s alcohol in here!!
TEXTURE: Just like any other margarita, but with big chunks of watermelon ice cubes you can snack on as you finish your drink.
EASE: Very easy, just a bit time consuming while waiting for the watermelon ice cubes to freeze.
APPEARANCE: So gorgeous. These will definitely delight everyone at your next party.
PROS: Fun, refreshing, perfect festive drink.
CONS: None.

Watermelon Margaritas are the perfect refreshing and fun drink to impress your friends with on Cinco de Mayo or all summer long!
Watermelon Margaritas - perfect for Cinco de Mayo or all summer long!

It was before I was even of legal drinking age that I discovered the idea of watermelon margaritas. I had been flipping through a magazine and stopped at a large-than-life photo of a glistening pink margarita, offset by a beautiful fresh lime wedge and sparking granules of sugar around the rim. It sounded amazingly refreshing and looked so pretty. I loved the seasonality of it, but knew I would have to wait a little while until I had my 21st birthday before I could ever try to make watermelon margaritas. It seemed like such a fun way to celebrate summer.

It’s probably been five years since I saw that margarita in the magazine, and I had completely forgotten about it until just recently. Delighted to have finally remembered, I knew it would be the perfect Cinco de Mayo recipe to share. I even decided to make a video on it! Don’t you just love when a random idea pops back into your head after so much time?

5 from 1 vote

How to make
Watermelon Margaritas

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Inactive Time 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Watermelon Margaritas are the perfect refreshing and fun drink to impress your friends with on Cinco de Mayo or all summer long!


  • 1 watermelon
  • 3/4 cup (6 fluid ounces) tequila
  • 1/4 cup (2 fluid ounces) Triple Sec
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • Lime wedges, for lining rims and serving
  • Margarita salt or granulated sugar, for lining rims


  1. Cut off both ends of the watermelon with a large sharp knife so it can stand flat on the cutting board. Run the knife down the sides of the watermelon to remove the rind. Cut the watermelon in half. Roughly chop one half of the watermelon then place into the pitcher of a blender. Puree until liquefied. Pass through a fine mesh strainer into a liquid container. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Cube the remaining half of the watermelon into ice cube-sized pieces. Place on a baking sheet and freeze until very firm, at least 4 hours or overnight.
  3. When ready to serve, combine 2 cups of the watermelon juice, tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, and sugar in a pitcher and stir to combine. Place the margarita salt or sugar in a saucer. Run lime wedges around rims of the glasses then spin each rim in the margarita salt or sugar to coat. Fill the glasses almost full with the watermelon ice cubes. Divide the margarita mixture between the glasses and serve, garnished with lime wedges.

Recipe Notes

One watermelon is more than enough to make 2 margaritas. Feel free to adjust the alcohol to watermelon juice ratio to suit your tastes. You can also double (or even quadruple) this recipe to serve more!
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — April 30, 2014 at 3:31 am

    How have I never heard of watermelon margaritas? You may have just changed my fridays nights for all the evers that I am alive! These look FAB girlfriend! Pinning!

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    Cookbook Queen — April 30, 2014 at 5:56 am

    So, yes. These will be a thing at my house very SOON!!

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — April 30, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Soooo pretty!! I think these might be the best thing I’ve seen all week. Totally digging the bright pink color! Love those glasses too!

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    Gaby — April 30, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    So gorgeous, I can’t resist a margarita!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 1, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Gorgeous!! I definitely need to whip one (or two) of these soon!

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    Annalise @ Completely Delicious — May 1, 2014 at 7:52 am


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    Maggie — May 11, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Forgot the lime but these were still delicious!

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    Erika — August 11, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I made these on Saturday and they were soooooo good! I loved the watermelon “ice” cubes. I forgot to add triple sec but it was still good. I actually added a few mint leaves to the shaker and 1-2 for garnish. There was just a subtle hint of mint…sooo awesome!

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      Tessa — August 12, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      Love the addition of mint! Glad you enjoyed the recipe, thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment!

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    Juice — February 19, 2020 at 10:52 am

    I tried this today, i used strawberry instead of watermelon. I love the result so much. Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

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