Frozen Watermelon Margarita

If there’s an official cocktail of summer, I think the frozen watermelon margarita should be it. This easy, blended margarita strikes the perfect balance between boozy and sweet, and it’s a great way to use the other half of that huge watermelon you bought early this week. Garnish with a tangy, chili lime rim and a skewer of melon balls, just for fun.

Overhead shot of a margarita garnished with frozen watermelon balls on a cocktail skewer, garnished with mint leaves and a watermelon wedge.

Why you’ll love this frozen watermelon margarita

  • I based this recipe for watermelon margaritas on my frozen watermelon mule recipe, and if you like that recipe, I know you’ll love this one, too.
  • This drink is a great way to use leftover watermelon. You can cube it up and freeze it for later so you can make this cocktail whenever you want.
  • Blending frozen fruit gives the drink a smoother texture than ice alone, and the water content in the melon also contributes to the icy texture.
A watermelon margarita garnished with a watermelon wedge and mint leaves, rimmed with tajin.

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Watermelon – This is a great way to use leftover watermelon, but you can also just buy a small quartered piece or even some pre-cut watermelon to freeze. Whatever’s easiest for you.
  • Tequila – I like to use silver tequila for my margaritas, but you can use whatever tequila you have at home.
  • Orange liqueur – This can be triple sec, Cointreau or any orange liqueur, but it can also be replaced with other liqueurs for a variation on the recipes. One of my favorite variations is poblano liqueur to make this a spicy watermelon margarita.
  • Agave nectar – You can use simple syrup or any liquid sweetener in place of the agave, but I prefer it because of it’s caramel, honey-like notes and the fact that it’s ready to be used in cocktails right away.
Watermelon margaritas garnished with a watermelon wedges and mint leaves, rimmed with tajin.

How to make frozen watermelon margaritas

Freeze the watermelon. If you haven’t already, freeze your watermelon. This could take up to 4 hours, depending on size, so make sure you plan ahead.

Rim your glasses. This recipe makes 3 margaritas, so use a lime wedge to rim 3 glasses with Tajin (or just a sugar/salt mixture if you don’t have that). Set aside for later.

Blend your margaritas. Add the ingredients to a high speed blender. I like to put the liquid in first so it’s there and ready to help the blender in getting a smooth texture. Blend until smooth.

Garnish and serve. Divide the margaritas between your prepared glasses and garnish with a watermelon slice – or a skewer with watermelon balls.

I also like to pop a sprig of mint in the glass for color. This is especially necessary if you are only using a melon ball skewer for garnish.

A margarita garnished with a watermelon wedges and mint leaves, rimmed with tajin.

frequently asked questions: watermelon margarita

How much sugar is in a watermelon margarita?

Watermelon naturally has a higher amount of sugar for a fruit. These margaritas are as low on sugar as possible, using agave nectar to add just a bit more sweetness. Per serving this recipe has 34.2 grams of sugar.

What is a substitute for triple sec in margaritas?

Try using a lemon liqueur such as Chartreuse Yellow or Limoncello if you do not have any triple sec on hand. You could also use orange juice if you need to, but it will lower the alcohol content of the margarita though.

Close up of a margarita with 3 frozen watermelon balls on a cocktail skewer, with a mint leaf sprig and a wedge of watermelon.

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Watermelon margaritas garnished with a watermelon wedges and mint leaves, rimmed with tajin.
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Frozen Watermelon Margarita

If there’s an official cocktail of summer, I think the watermelon margarita should be it. This easy, blended margarita strikes the perfect balance between boozy and sweet, and it’s a great way to use the other half of that huge watermelon you bought early this week. Garnish with a tangy, chili lime rim and a skewer of melon balls, just for fun.

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3 margaritas 1x
  • Category: Tequila
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale
  • 4 cups frozen watermelon cubes (about 1 pound)
  • 2 ounces lime juice
  • 2 ounces orange liqueur
  • 6 ounces silver tequila
  • 2 ounces agave nectar
  • 1 cup ice
  • For garnish: watermelon slices/balls, mint sprig, Tajin rim

Instructions

  1. Using a lime wedge, rim 3 glasses with chili lime seasoning and set aside.
  2. Combine ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Divide watermelon margaritas between prepared glasses.
  4. Garnish with mint and a watermelon ball skewer, or a small slice of watermelon.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 261
  • Sugar: 34.2 g
  • Sodium: 36.5 mg
  • Fat: 0.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 46.3 g
  • Fiber: 0.9 g
  • Protein: 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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