Frozen Watermelon Margaritas

By: Cassy Joy

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Frozen watermelon margaritas are the perfect summer cocktail! With just 4 ingredients, these margaritas come together quickly and will be a hit with any crowd on a hot day.

Bright pink frozen watermelon margarita in a blue-rimmed margarita glass with a lime wedge on a marble countertop.

It's no secret that I love a good margarita whether it's traditional on the rocks, a slightly spicy fresh lime and jalapeno rendition, or even this less-traditional version made with beet juice and ginger, it's safe to say that if tequila and lime are involved, I am IN. So, it wasn't a surprise that I also love these frozen watermelon margaritas – but let me tell you I was not prepared for just how good they would be!

These watermelon margaritas legitimately taste like a watermelon jolly rancher – equal parts sweet, tangy, and loaded with that fresh watermelon flavor that just screams summer time. This is the perfect drink to make for a BBQ, for sipping poolside, or just for cooling down on your patio after a long day.

Cubed watermelon frozen on a sheet pan.

Watermelon Margarita Ingredients

As I mentioned earlier, these margaritas are super simple to make and only contain 4 ingredients plus an optional salt garnish for the rim of your glass. Here's what goes into this frosty concoction:

  1. Fresh Watermelon – Yes, obviously! Watermelon is the star of our show here. This is a fantastic way to use up that giant watermelon sitting on your countertop, or you can go ahead and buy pre-cut cubed watermelon if you'd like – just make sure it's seedless so you don't have to spend a lot of time de-seeding or risk a crunchy drink.
  2. Fresh Lime Juice – I've said it before and I'll say it again: freshly-squeezed lime juice is a MUST for a good margarita. If your local store sells freshly squeezed (same day) lime juice, that'll do just fine, but please don't buy the stuff on the shelf, or, worse, the stuff in the little green lime bottle.
  3. Honey – Honey is my favorite margarita sweetener! It doesn't alter the flavor or the color of the drink, and it blends up perfectly every time.
  4. Tequila – After all, what's a margarita without tequila? For this recipe, I opt for a good-quality silver tequila so it doesn't overpower the drink too much. However, if you're avoiding alcohol right now this would also make a delicious mocktail!
  5. Coarse Sea Salt – If you are on team salted rim, make sure you have some good-quality coarse sea salt on hand and a few extra lime wedges.

How to Make Watermelon Margaritas

Now that you've got all your ingredients, it's go time! Just a few steps separate you from margarita bliss:

  1. Freeze 3 cups of watermelon. Since we wanted a frozen margarita without the watered down flavor, we decided to freeze the watermelon! To do this, spread 3 cups of watermelon out on a sheet pan, making sure the cubes aren't touching, and freeze for 2-3 hours, until hardened.
  2. Grab a high-powered blender. This is definitely the time to pull out your good blender, especially if you froze your watermelon in larger cubes! This will help ensure a smooth, frothy end-result.
  3. Blend! To make blending easier, you'll add 1 cup of fresh (not frozen) watermelon cubes to the blender along with the lime juice and honey and blend until smooth. Next, you'll add the frozen watermelon and blend again until the watermelon is fully broken down. Finally, you'll add in the tequila and blend one last time. Give it a taste and add more honey or tequila as desired!
  4. Salt your glasses. To salt your glasses, simply pour your coarse sea salt onto a small plate, then run a lime wedge around the edge of the glass and dunk it in the salt. Pour the watermelon margaritas into the glass then sit back, sip, and relax!

Bright pink frozen watermelon margarita in a blue-rimmed margarita glass with a lime wedge on a marble countertop.

There you have it – easy watermelon margaritas! We hope you love these as much we do!

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Frozen Watermelon Margaritas

Bright pink frozen watermelon margarita in a blue-rimmed margarita glass with a lime wedge on a marble countertop.

Frozen watermelon margaritas are the perfect summer cocktail! With just 4 ingredients, these margaritas come together quickly and will be a hit with any crowd on a hot day.

  • Author: Amber Goulden
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients

4 cups cubed watermelon, divided

1/3 cup lime juice

2 tablespoons honey

3/41 cup silver tequila (depending on how boozy you'd like it)

Lime wedges, for garnish

Coarse sea salt, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Spread 3 cups of watermelon out on a baking sheet and freeze for at least 2 hours, until completely frozen through.
  2. Add 1 cup fresh watermelon and lime juice to a blender and blend until smooth. Add the frozen watermelon and honey and blend again, then add in the tequila.
  3. Pour the salt onto a small plate, then cut a small slit in a lime wedge and run it along the edge of your margarita glass. Dip the glass in the salt, then pour the margarita in the glass and enjoy! Keep any remaining margarita in the freezer until you are ready to drink it.
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