Looking for an amazing watermelon margarita recipe? You’ve come to the right place! This EASY frozen watermelon margarita takes just 5 minutes to make and needs just 4 ingredients. Easy directions for making a watermelon margarita on the rocks, too!
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Looking for a super refreshing summer cocktail idea? This frozen watermelon margarita will definitely hit the spot on the hottest of days.
Made with just a blender, fresh watermelon, ice, tequila, Cointreau and lime juice, this easy watermelon margarita recipe takes just 5 minutes to make. In this post I’ll give you all the helpful tips, ideas and shortcuts to making the BEST watermelon margarita at home. Cheers!
What do I need to make a watermelon margarita?
- Fresh Watermelon
- Limes (for juice and optional lime slice garnishes)
- Tequila, the best quality you can afford
For exact ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post for the recipe. Thanks!
What is the easiest way to juice limes?
Using a hand-held citrus juicer is the easiest way to juice limes. Place a 1/2 lime into the juicer and squeeze over a receptacle.
This hand-held citrus juicer (pictured above) has proven to be durable and reliable. It’s fantastic for limes, lemons and even small oranges.
How much lime juice do you need for margaritas?
You’ll need 1 oz. (2 tablespoons) of juice for a margarita. When buying limes, budget at least 1 lime per drink, plus any slices you’ll want for garnishes and rimming glasses.
How do I make a watermelon margarita?
For a frozen watermelon margarita: add ice, fresh watermelon, tequila, Cointreau and lime juice to a blender. Blend for 30-45 seconds or until ice is completely pureed. Pour into prepared/salted margarita glasses and enjoy right away while cold.
For watermelon margarita on the rocks: add ice to prepared/salted margarita glasses, and set aside. To a blender, add fresh watermelon, tequila, Cointreau and lime juice. Blend for 15-30 seconds or until watermelon is completely pureed. Pour over ice in prepared margarita glasses. Enjoy right away while cold.
What kind of alcohol is a margarita?
Margaritas are a tequila based cocktail.
We like and prefer Herradura Reposado Tequila for our margaritas. There are many other brands out there – choose the best quality tequila you can afford.
What is better in a margarita, Cointreau or triple sec?
I prefer Cointreau in a margarita. Cointreau is a orange citrus liqueur, made with sweet and bitter orange citrus rinds. It adds some great richness and mild citrus flavor that pairs perfectly with the lime juice in a margarita.
Triple Sec is also appropriate for a margarita. It is not as strong – Cointreau is approximately 40% stronger than Triple Sec.
Ingredient Substitutions and Recommendations:
- Limes: if fresh limes are unavailable, you can substitute bottled lime juice. This can be found in either the juice aisle of the grocery store, or near the cocktail mixes.
- Tequila: now, more than ever, there is a huge selection of tequila on the store shelves today. Purchase the best quality tequila for your budget. We like Herradura Reposado and Cazadores Reposado.
- Cointreau: if Cointreau is unavailable, Triple Sec is a good substitute.
For exact ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions be sure to scroll down to the recipe at the bottom of the post. Thanks!
What is the best glass for a margarita?
There are two different options for serving a margarita. The standard glass for a margarita is a curved, up-style glass like what I used for these watermelon margaritas . This is a more traditional glass for a blended or frozen margaritas.
The second option for serving a margarita is a rocks glass. This is a more traditional vessel when enjoying a margarita on the rocks.
How do I salt a rim for margarita glasses?
To salt the rim of your glasses for margaritas, run a lime wedge around the rims of the glasses. Dip the glasses into kosher or margarita salt. Lastly, fill the glasses with crushed or cubed ice. Add some lime slices to the glasses, if you prefer.
I’m using Jose Cuervo Margarita Salt for these margaritas. It comes in a convenient round, flat container that makes it useful for rimming the edges of your margarita glasses.
Frequently asked questions about making watermelon margaritas:
No. Simple syrup is not necessary and not traditionally used in making margaritas.
The base ingredients for a margarita are Tequila, Cointreau (or Triple Sec), and fresh lime juice. The ratio for these is 2:1:1, 2 parts tequila, 1 part Cointreau, and 1 part lime juice.
This watermelon margarita has 290 calories and 0 grams of added sugar.
Restaurant margaritas are typically are very calorie and sugar heavy. For example, the Texas Roadhouse Raspberry Margarita has a whopping 470 calories and 76 grams of sugar. That is the equivalent of 19 teaspoons of sugar!
What snacks and appetizers can be served with margaritas?
Any delicious Tex-Mex fare is great served with margaritas. Here are some of our favorite recipes:
- Pineapple Mango Salsa
- Classic Pico de Gallo Salsa
- Aunt Denise’s Southwestern Corn Salsa
- Cream Cheese Jalapeno Popper Bean Dip
- Loaded Guacamole
- Hot & Cheesy Bacon Corn Dip
- Easy Taco Cups
- Cowboy Nacho Bites at Real Housemoms
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- Pineapple Daiquiri
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- 1 c. ice
- 1 1/2 c. fresh watermelon
- 2 oz. tequila
- 1 oz. Cointreau
- 1 oz. lime juice, fresh squeezed
- lime slices
- small watermelon wedges
For salted margarita glasses: (do this step first) Run a lime wedge around the rim(s) of your margarita glasses. Dip the wet edges in salt for salted rims. Set prepared glasses aside.
To a blender jar, add the ice, watermelon, tequila, Cointreau and fresh lime juice. Blend on medium-high speed for 30-45 seconds or until the ice is completely pureed.
Pour into prepared margarita glass. If desired, garnish with fresh lime slices and small watermelon wedges. Enjoy margarita right away while cold.
Directions for On-the-Rocks: Add ice to salted/prepared margarita glass(es). To a blender, add the fresh watermelon, tequila, lime juice and Cointreau. Blend just until watermelon is pureed - about 15-20 seconds. Pour over ice and enjoy right away.
When buying limes, purchase 1 lime for every margarita you plan to serve. Plus any additional limes for garnishes and/or salting rims. You can purchase bottles of lime juice in the juice/cocktail mix section of some grocery stores.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 (4 oz.) drink
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 290Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 26gNet Carbohydrates: 25.3gFiber: 1gSugar: 21.3gProtein: 1g