How to Make Watermelon Margaritas

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 how to make melon ice cubes.

On those long, hot days of summer if you are entertaining, think about adding watermelon margaritas to your drink arsenal.

As always, please be responsible when you drink - including when you serve others alcohol 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

Makes 4 drinks - no 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 - garnish


  1. 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)
  2. Dip glass rim in lime juice or water and then dip into salt or sugar to coat rims.
  3. Put all ingredients into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
  4. Pour into glasses.
  5. Use a lime piece or watermelon wedge as garnish on the glass.
  6. Serve immediately. 

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Watermelon Gazpacho Shooters

Makes 16 shooters


  • 4 cups seedless watermelon (about 3 pounds), diced
  • 2-3 tomatillos, diced
  • 1 tablespoon seeded and diced jalapeno (about 1/2 pepper)
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Lime slices for a garnish
  • Shot glasses
  • Alcohol if desired such as Tequila, Midori, etc.


  1. Using a blender or food processor, place watermelon, tomatillos, jalapeno, lime juice and zest, salt and pepper in and blend until the mixture is smooth. You may have to do in batches.
  2. Combine all - chill at least 1 hour before serving - but up to 1 day.
  3. Add alcohol if desired.
  4. At serving time, pour 2 ounces of gazpacho into each shot glass and garnish with lime slice or bit of watermelon.


Watermelon and Melon Basics

Today, there are many different watermelons to choose from - seedless, personal sized, Mexican, southern, etc.

One of my favorites is the little 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.

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.

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

Makes 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. In a cocktail shaker, combine 2 tablespoons of cooled lime syrup with the watermelon puree, lime juice, tequila, orange-flavored liqueur, and ice.
  6. Shake until frothy and well chilled - at least 1 minute.
  7. Strain into prepared glass and garnish with a lime wedge.


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Watermelon Margaritas Light Version

Makes 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


  1. Place 2 teaspoons sugar in 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.
  2. Combine watermelon, tequila, sugar, lime juice and triple sec in blender or food processor and process until smooth.
  3. Fill each prepared glass with 1/2 cup crushed ice.
  4. Add 1/2 cup margarita mix to each glass.
  5. Garnish with melon piece, melon ball, or lime wedge and serve.

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Melon-coly 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!

Puree chunks of melon in a blender or food processor. You could mix different kinds together and puree but think they look better if individually processed by kind of melon - for maximum color.

Pour the melon mixture into ice-cube trays and freeze until solid.

I get ice-cube trays at the Dollar Store which are tube-like in dimension so when you freeze the melon mixture, they turn out long straw-like melon cubes.

Put the melon cubes in lemonade or use the melon in drinks such as margaritas or minty mojitos!

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!

How To Make a Watermelon Margarita

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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks for the read dobo700 - save one for me - they are yummy!

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dobo700 5 years ago from Australia

Mmm, sound delish! I can't wait to try this.

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Glad you liked them - and have one for me as well! Thanks for the read, tristand.

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tristand 6 years ago

Brilliant recipes - I'll have to try some this weekend!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

MMP - Exactly - nice to make them at home and not have to worry about driving! Thanks for the read.

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MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago

Wish I had found this one sooner! But I bet I can still find a watermelon or two at the Farmer's Market. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful way to relax right at home!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Azizzii - Thanks so much for stopping by! The melon ice cubes are a great idea and I'd never thought to do that before writing this hub - and they are delicious!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks alphonsians93 for stopping by - they are light and delicious! Enjoy - it is a great drink for the summertime.

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alphonsians93 6 years ago from Cebu Philippines

wow!! Man i wanna taste that! looks tasty and delicious!

this is one great hub i like it! I would suggest you give us more of this hubs...because it is not only informative it is also cool!!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks for stopping by, Dawn! Isn't that amazing? I wish I had that kind of talent....or better yet that kind of patience! Think I'm making these as the temps soar towards 100 degrees here.

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dawnM 6 years ago from Camarillo, CA

wow what an aticle, I want one of those now!! I am going to make one of these at my next pary. Love the picture of the flower watermelon

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Hi Katie - thanks so much for stopping in. I used to not like watermelon either but then I discovered how low in calories it is and how it can quench an appetite periodically - which is a great thing!

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katie54321 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

I don't really like watermelon but my family loves it. I never knew how to tell if one was good or not when you got it in the grocery store. Thanks for sharing that info.

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks, Katie - looking forward to having these next week when I have a couple of days off and get to make them for family visiting! It is supposed to be blazing hot so they will be a great addition to dinner.

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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

What a beautiful how to make watermelon margaritas guide, this is a fantastic reference and love Love LOVE all the great photography as well. A watermelon margaritas sounds heavenly, thanks for the recipe. :)

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

BkCreative - You are making me smile...this is a good thing! I know what you mean - nothing is worse than getting your expectations dashed into the ground by poor quality food that tastes like something NOT what you wanted. I love melons and love this time of year. If we had a longer growing season, I would attempt to grow my own...and no mals!

I just made the watermelon salads this week too and gonna try to save myself for the watermelon margaritas until my daughter arrives in a few weeks - although I'm tempted to have one every so often as I love watermelon.

I love that you can freeze it and use it later on - I may try and make myself keep some for winter - wouldn't that be a lovely change when it is dreary outside! Thanks so much for stopping in and for the kind comments - as always.

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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Lovely hub and these recipes look luscious! And this year I can do this.

I live for summer and watermelon - and last year all over NYC - they were awful! They were gummy and tasteless. Arrgh! And that was unforgivable. But this year - I found one place that has super perfect watermelon - like what I remember. So now that I have all the watermelon I want - I can have big watermelon fun!

Thanks too for the information about freezing it. I can do that too. I can do every recipe you have here. I can do everything - because...I have great watermelon. Life is good.

Rated up and more. Thanks so much!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks, Holle.

Thanks, Steph.

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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Its hot and sunny outside - perfect weather for a watermelon margarita! :)

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

YEAH! I could go for one of those right now!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Yes - virgin watermelon margaritas are just as refreshing and I just had to include that carving - someone has WAY too much time on their hands but it is beautiful.

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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

What an amazing carving, akirchner! These 'recipes' sound perfect even without the booze.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Judy - always glad to be of help!

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judydianne 6 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

Now I know what to do with the other half of the watermelon in my fridge. Thanks for the idea!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks for stopping in, msannec - hope you get a chance to have one...they are really good!

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msannec 6 years ago from Mississippi (The Delta)

Mmm, sound delish! I can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing the recipes and the watermelon selection tips.

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Myyawn - Think it's very refreshing and hope you like it, too.

Pamela - I know - it's kind of inventive. I love fresh margaritas and now I love watermelon ones for summer even better!

Micky - It'll open soon enough and then you can get cracking...just don't drink and bike!

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I wish the liquor store was open!

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

akirchner, I never thought of using watermelon in a margarita and it sounds great. Very interesting recipes.

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myawn 6 years ago from Florida

I LOVE watermelon this margarita sound's right up my alley the light one for me Never had one Thanks! Nice hub

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Too funny - and hope you have one for me! I need to go to the market and get a watermelon, too. I started making margaritas from scratch a year or so ago and they are SOOO good but when I saw a recipe for watermelon I thought - how healthy! Cheers!

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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

UM hello! How did you know I was thinking today was gonna be a Margarita day??lol You are right..nothing is better on a hot day....heading to the store. Funny...I've bartended 12 years of my life and I have yet to make a Margarita with fresh watermelon! What is wrong with me? lol We will fix this today! Super delicious hub!!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Too funny - yes - I should have done one on him although I don't get to watch much TV!

But of course - what good accordion player could not play meloncholy baby? In the key of B-flat no less!

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Be sure to include a hub about Christopher Meloni who plays the cop on that TV program - is it Law & Order? In the movies, he usually plays a bad guy.

Just had an inspiration (yearly) - can you play 'Meloncholy' Baby on your accordion?

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks oceansnsunsets - they just did hit the spot so to speak when I saw them! Bring on the summertime!

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oceansnsunsets 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Hi AKirchner, these sound fun! I love the color alone, so great for summertime. Great hub, beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing, Ocean

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

I do seem to be fixated on watermelon- it is because of the temperature rising here - or maybe that is my hot flashes! Summer is a great time to indulge myself in melons and I would be remiss if I did not fixate on them. I probably will do a hub once the cooking jazz is over on John Cougar Meloncamp - better known as John Cougar Watermelon!

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Audrey - what is this preoccupation or should I say fetish you have for watermelon. It's prevalent in your hubs lately. Are you taking those meds as advised. They will calm you down and replace your visions of watermelons with chocolate chip cookies. Ho, ho.

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Yes - I totally agree! Let's have one together over the virtual space! Cheers....I think I need one!

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

At long last we are getting to the right recipees

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