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June 30, 2021

by Alyssa

How to Make Watermelon Margaritas

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Learn how to make refreshing Watermelon Margaritas with fresh fruit, lime juice, tequila and jalapeños for a bit of spice. The perfect summer cocktail for celebrating. 

two glasses and a pitcher of watermelon margarita with lime juice and a salt rim

I first made this recipe to celebrate the one-year anniversary of my blog!

And years later, I still love making these fruity, summery drinks.

So I thought I'd update the post with new photos and tips so that you can enjoy refreshing watermelon margaritas all summer long. I know I will be!

collage of the steps to make watermelon margarita with jalapeno and lime juiceHow to Make Watermelon Margaritas

Get out your blender and find the juiciest watermelon you can, it's time to mix up some party drinks!

Here's what you need to make your watermelon cocktails:

  • Fresh watermelon. Choose one that's heavy and sounds hollow when you knock on it. That's a good hint it's full of sweet juice.
  • Lime juice. Lime is the tart, acidic flavor to balance the sweetness of the melon.
  • Tequila. The classic choice is white tequila for margaritas. Of course, these are your cocktails, so feel free to use whatever liquor you like. Or go alcohol-free!
  • Jalapeno. I recommend some peppers to add a kick to this summery drink. But if you're not a fan of spice, you can omit the jalapeños.
  • Ice. For the frosty, frothy texture you're looking for.

pitcher of watermelon margarita with fresh lime and fresh mint

How to Make a Salt Rim

Serve your watermelon margaritas in stemmed glasses if you like. Or, use your regular water glasses. The important thing is that the rim is coated in a thin layer of ice.

Here's how to salt your margarita glass rims:

  1. Place a layer of salt in a shallow dish or on a plate.
  2. Rub a lime wedge all the way around the rim of your empty glass.
  3. Immediately invert the glass into the salt, turning it to coat on all sides.
  4. Voila: you have an expertly rimmed glass ready to fill up with your chilled melon cocktail.

two glasses with fresh watermelon margarita on ice with mint

How Many Servings Does it Make?

This recipe makes four margaritas. You can double or triple it to serve a crowd!

Is There Sugar in Watermelon Margaritas?

Watermelon is so naturally sweet on its own, you don't need to add any sweetener to this recipe. While most margaritas have agave or simple syrup in them, this is a lighter and healthier version, sweetened naturally with watermelon juice.

two glasses of margaritas with salt on the rim

More Summer Cocktail Recipes

If you make this Watermelon Margarita recipe, be sure to let me know what you think with a comment below!

Watermelon Margaritas

These Watermelon Margaritas are unsweetened and made with four simple ingredients, including fresh fruit, lime and jalapeños.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 margaritas
Calories 93kcal
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two glasses with fresh watermelon margarita on ice with mint
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  • 2 cups fresh watermelon
  • Juice of 2 limes (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1 jalapeno , seeded (optional)
  • 6 ice cubes


  • Add all ingredients to a high speed blender. If you like spice, add the jalapeno!
  • Blend on high for 1 minute, until the ice cubes are crushed.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Serving: 1margarita | Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 470IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Love the idea of a sugar free cocktail; I have a Friday cocktail section on my blog and I need to include some cocktails made with a sugar substitute for readers who want to limit their calories. Perfect with watermelon!

    • Thanks, Barbara! I definitely enjoy sugar-free drinks. Plus the watermelon adds enough sweetness that you don’t need to add anything else. A low calorie version 🙂

  2. Happy blogiversary! My blog turned one year old a month ago and it was very exciting, I threw a party featuring all of my recipes (well not all of them but a bunch). You recipes are great and your photos look amazing so keep ’em coming!


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