Watermelon Margarita, a Refreshing Summer Drink

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As the warm summer days approach, there’s nothing quite as refreshing as sipping on a perfectly balanced cocktail that captures the essence of the season. Enter the Watermelon Margarita – a vibrant, flavor-packed twist on the classic margarita.

The Watermelon Margarita adds a big serving of pureed watermelon to the traditional margarita recipe. This recipe uses a lot of lime and not that much orange, which makes for a very refreshing flavor – watermelon with a zing.

Watermelon Margaritas with sugar rim against black background

This refreshing drink combines the natural sweetness of fresh watermelon with the tangy zing of lime and the smooth kick of tequila. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, enjoying a sunset on the beach, or simply looking to cool off on a hot day, the Watermelon Margarita is a perfect summer cocktail recipe.

Key Ingredients

At the heart of the Watermelon Margarita are a few key ingredients that work together to create the perfect balance of sweet, tart, and boozy flavors.

Watermelon: Fresh watermelon is the foundation of this cocktail. Look for ripe, juicy watermelon that’s bursting with natural sweetness. For the best results, blend the watermelon into a smooth puree before adding it to the cocktail.

Tequila: No margarita would be complete without the smooth, agave-based spirit of tequila. Choose a high-quality, 100% agave tequila to ensure the best flavor profile and a clean, crisp finish.

Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice is essential to providing the necessary acidity and brightness to balance out the sweetness of the watermelon. The lime juice helps to cut through the richness and create a refreshing, well-rounded flavor.

Triple Sec: This orange-flavored liqueur adds a subtle citrus note and helps to round out the flavors, creating a more complex and layered cocktail.

Sugar: A touch of sugar helps to temper the tartness of the lime juice and enhance the natural sweetness of the watermelon. You can use regular granulated sugar or try experimenting with other sweeteners like agave nectar or simple syrup.

Making the Sugar Rim

We have a whole page on how to put a rim on a cocktail glass, whether it’s sugar, salt or something else. It has text instructions with photos or you can watch a video, which should also be showing on this page.

When to Serve

The Watermelon Margarita, with its refreshing and zingy flavor profile, is ideal for a variety of occasions, including:

Summer Gatherings: As we mentioned above, it’s perfect for pool parties, backyard BBQs, or any outdoor gathering during the hot summer months. The refreshing watermelon flavor is a great way to cool down.

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations: As a twist on the traditional margarita, it’s a festive and colorful addition to any Cinco de Mayo party menu.

Brunch Events: The sweet and tangy taste of the Watermelon Margarita can be a delightful surprise at brunches, offering a vibrant alternative to the usual mimosas and Bloody Marys.

Beach Days: Ideal for sipping by the ocean or lake, its refreshing qualities are a match made in heaven for beach outings or picnics near the water.

Theme Parties: For tropical or Mexican-themed parties, this cocktail adds an authentic and flavorful touch that complements the theme wonderfully.

Date Nights at Home: A fun and easy cocktail to shake up for a romantic evening in, adding a touch of novelty and indulgence to your date night.

Night In With Friends: A perfect choice for a relaxing evening with friends, offering a sweet and refreshing option that’s sure to please a crowd.

Celebratory Occasions: Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or just celebrating the weekend, the Watermelon Margarita brings a festive flair to any celebratory occasion.

Cookouts: Complement the flavors of grilled foods with the sweet and sour profile of this cocktail, enhancing the dining experience at any cookout.

Watermelon Margaritas with sugar rim against black background

Watermelon Margarita

Yield: 1 drink
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

As the warm summer days approach, it's time for the Watermelon Margarita - a vibrant, flavor-packed twist on the classic margarita.


  • 1 lime wedge
  • 3 1/2 cups cubed seeded watermelon
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Triple Sec
  • Lime wedges or watermelon balls


  1. Rim a margarita glass with sugar, using the juice from a lime wedge around the edges to make it stick.
  2. Put the watermelon, tequila, sugar, lime juice and Triple Sec into a blender and blend until it's smooth.
  3. Fill up your glass with crushed ice and pour the mixture in over top of it.
  4. Garnish with lemon wedges or melon balls.

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Last Updated:

May 21, 2024