Watermelon Margaritas 3 Ways, Plus Shooters and Melon Ice Cubes
How to Make Watermelon Margaritas
Nothing tastes better on a hot summer day than a nice, thirst-quenching margarita—unless it's a watermelon margarita!
Here are a couple of great recipes along with some gazpacho shooters and a guide for how to make melon ice cubes.
If you are entertaining during those long, hot days of summer, think about adding watermelon margaritas to your drink arsenal.
As always, please be responsible when you drink—including when you serve others in your home. Don't let them drink and drive.
That said, enjoy a great recipe for a tasty light and refreshing cocktail!
Frozen Watermelon Margaritas
Yield: 4 drinks
Note: No added sugar in this recipe!
- 2 1/2 cups seedless (or seeded) watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes (no rind)
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- 4 ounces tequila
- 1 1/2 cups ice
- Lime slice or watermelon wedge, for garnish
- Place cut-up watermelon in a freezer bag and freeze for at least 2 hours. (If you do not have time for this part of the recipe, add some extra ice cubes when blending, instead.)
- Dip glass rim in lime juice or water and then dip into salt or sugar to coat rims.
- Put all ingredients into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
- Pour into glasses.
- Use a lime piece or watermelon wedge as a garnish on the glass.
- Serve immediately.
Watermelon Gazpacho Shooters
Yield: 16 shooters
- 4 cups seedless watermelon (about 3 pounds), diced
- 2-3 tomatillos, diced
- 1 tablespoon seeded and diced jalapeño (about 1/2 pepper)
- 1 lime, zested and juiced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Pinch cayenne pepper
- Lime slices, for garnish
- Shot glasses
- Alcohol if desired, such as Tequila, Midori, etc.
- Using a blender or food processor, place watermelon, tomatillos, jalapeño, lime juice and zest, salt and pepper in and blend until the mixture is smooth. You may have to do in batches. Combine all of the blended ingredients.
- Chill at least 1 hour before serving (you can chill for up to 1 day).
- Add alcohol if desired.
- At serving time, pour 2 ounces of gazpacho into each shot glass and garnish with lime slice or bit of watermelon.
More About Watermelon
Today, there are many different watermelons to choose from: seedless, mini, Mexican, southern, etc.
One of my favorites is the mini, personal-sized watermelons because they are so much easier to fit into the fridge!
I also am particularly fond of the seedless varieties. You can of course grow your own—which I would love to do.
How to Choose a Melon
When selecting a melon in general, look for the spot where it lay on the ground while it was growing: this is called the couche. If you don't see one, that means melon was not ripe when it was picked. Also, look for melons that are free of blemishes and soft spots.
Find the spot where the stem was attached at one time to the stem of the plant. If the melon was ripe when it was detached, it should have a clean indentation. Any other appearance to the melon end means that it was picked when it wasn't ripe.
Do Watermelons Ripen After Being Picked?
Melons will not ripen further after being picked, but they will accumulate lycopene and beta-carotene. One cup of melon contains more than that in 1 medium-sized tomato.
Watermelon Margaritas by Emeril
Yield: 1 margarita
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons coarse salt
- 1 lime wedge
- 1 cup watermelon puree (see below)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup 100% agave tequila
- 2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur (such as Grand Marnier or triple sec)
- 1 cup ice
- Make lime sugar syrup: In medium saucepan, combine lime zest, water and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook and stir until sugar dissolves.
- Remove from heat. Cool to room temperature and strain zest. (This sugar syrup can be made ahead and stored in covered container in the refrigerator.)
- Make watermelon puree: Remove seeds from fresh watermelon and cut into large chunks. Place in blender or food processor and process until smooth and pureed. Measure out amount needed for recipe.
- Chill margarita glass in the freezer for 30 minutes. Place coarse salt in shallow dish or saucer. Wet the rim of the glass with a lime wedge (or water) and dip the glass into the salt, coating the rim.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine 2 tablespoons of cooled lime syrup with the watermelon puree, lime juice, tequila, orange-flavored liqueur, and ice.
- Shake until frothy and well chilled, at least 1 minute.
- Strain into prepared glass and garnish with a lime wedge.
Watermelon Margaritas: A Light Version
Yield: 6 servings (about 100 calories each)
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 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, cointreau, midori, or gold tequila
- Crushed ice
- Lime wedges or watermelon wedges or balls
- Place 2 teaspoons sugar on a saucer or flat plate. Rub rims of 6 glasses with 1 lime wedge (or water). Spin/twist the rim of each glass in sugar to coat—or use margarita salt. Set glasses aside.
- Combine watermelon, tequila, sugar, lime juice and triple sec in blender or food processor and process until smooth.
- Fill each prepared glass with 1/2 cup crushed ice.
- Add 1/2 cup margarita mix to each glass.
- Garnish with a piece of melon, melon ball, or lime wedge and serve.
How to Make Melon Ice Cubes
Melons generally lose their freshness after a day or two. If you have leftover melon of any kind and you want a delicious use for it, here is your answer!
- Leftover melon, cut into chunks
- Puree chunks of melon in a blender or food processor. You could mix different kinds together and puree, but I think they look better if individually processed by type of melon for maximum color.
- Pour the melon mixture into ice-cube trays and freeze until solid.
- Put the melon cubes in lemonade or use the melon in drinks such as margaritas or minty mojitos!
I buy ice-cube trays at the Dollar Store that are tube-like in dimension so when you freeze the melon mixture, they turn out long straw-like melon cubes.
This is a great way to use up your fresh melon and dress up other drinks.
Summing It Up
Here are just a few of the many wonderful drinks you can create with watermelon! If that wasn't enough for what to do with watermelon, check out the beautiful carved watermelon below. Now that's a work of art!
As in all things concerning alcohol, be responsible but enjoy these wonderful summertime drinks. You can interchange shaker methods for blender methods - just be aware of the point that the margarita becomes slushy or the desired thickness for the drink.
Experiment with different tequilas—there are many on the market today. Also, experiment with different orange-flavored liqueurs as they each have their own flavor, as well.
Most of all, enjoy the bounty that summer brings with all the melons to choose from. Enjoy!