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This watermelon margarita is sweet, tart, and salty! It’s salted in the drink instead of the rim for a uniquely balanced flavor.

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Here’s a new favorite fruity version of our classic margarita that’s perfect for when melon is in season: the Watermelon Margarita! It’s shocking pink, tangy, sweet, a little bit salty…and completely irresistible. Each year that goes by, the more we appreciate seasonality. How special is watermelon when it’s near impossible to get a good one 10 months out of the year? When you get your hands on a perfectly ripe, juicy melon: use it to make these margaritas…stat.

Watermelon margarita recipe

Why make this watermelon margarita recipe?

Who else loved watermelon Jolly Ranchers growing up? (Me, me!) Today though, I prefer making watermelon recipes to eating a straight slice of watermelon. You’ll find me making our watermelon sorbet, watermelon salad or watermelon gazpacho. So when Alex came up with the idea of this melon margarita spin, I knew I’d be into it. But I didn’t expect that it would border on obsession! Here’s what we love about this watermelon margarita recipe:

  • Perfectly sweet tart. This watermelon margarita comes out with just the right amount of tang from the lime and sweetness.
  • The drink is salted, instead of the rim. The fun part about this cocktail is that the drink itself is salted. This gives it a irresistible complexity in flavor…so beware!
  • Gorgeous hot pink color. Watermelon makes the perfect rosy hue.
  • No added sugar. It doesn’t even require any added sweetener!

How to make a watermelon margarita

Ready to get started? Here are the basic steps for how to make this tasty summer drink:

  1. Blend the watermelon: Chop a watermelon into cubes, then blend into a juice in a blender. Pass the juice through a fine mesh sieve to remove particles.
  2. Blend with lime, tequila, and ice: Return 3 cups of the watermelon juice to the blender, and blend with ½ cup lime juice, 1 cup tequila, and ½ cup ice.
  3. Serve: Serve immediately over ice, or chill for a few hours and serve over ice.
How to make a watermelon margarita

How to tell if a watermelon is ripe?

There’s nothing worse than an unripe watermelon (we actually know from experience — and it’s bad!). This watermelon margarita requires a ripe watermelon to get the right flavoring, because the drink relies on the natural sweetness of the fruit. Here are a few tips for picking out a ripe watermelon:

  • To make sure you get ruby red, sweet flesh inside, look for a lighter spot where the watermelon rested in the field: it’s called a field spot. If the field spot is white, it’s unripe: if the spot is yellow, it’s ripe.
  • The watermelon should feel very heavy, which means there’s a lot of juice inside.

What’s the best tequila to use?

Many people suggest using tequila blanco for margaritas. But we prefer the robust flavor of tequila reposado; it adds another nuance to the flavor. Either way, try to find a mid-price range tequila when you make a watermelon margarita. You can definitely taste the difference! Here’s the breakdown of tequila ages:

  • Tequila blanco (or “new” tequila) has been aged less than 2 months and has a strong, straightforward flavor.
  • Tequila reposado (“rested” in Spanish) is aged longer, from 2 to 12 months. It has a more nuanced flavor, with notes of oak and vanilla.

PS Another tequila drink? The Paloma Cocktail is a cousin of the margarita, featuring tequila with grapefruit instead of lime!

Watermelon margarita

More margarita variations

There are all sorts of fun ways to mix up the margarita! Here are some of our favorite ways:

This watermelon margarita recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, refined sugar free, and naturally sweet.

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Watermelon margarita

Easy Watermelon Margarita

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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


This watermelon margarita is sweet, tart, and salty! It’s salted in the drink instead of the rim for a uniquely balanced flavor.


  • 6 cups cubed seedless ripe watermelon, chilled, enough for 3 cups juice
  • 1/4 + ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup lime juice, plus lime slices for garnish (5 limes)
  • 1 cup tequila reposado
  • ½ cup ice


  1. Chop the watermelon. Add the watermelon cubes to a blender and blend until a juice forms. Then pour the juice through a fine mesh strainer into a clean container.
  2. Measure out 3 cups of the watermelon juice, then add it back to the blender. Add the kosher salt, lime juice, tequila, and ice and blend until fully
  3. Serve immediately over ice, or chill for several hours* and serve over ice. Garnish with lime slices.


*We preferred the chilled version, so make this a few hours in advance if possible. 

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Mexican Inspired

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Last updated: March 2020

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Chris says:

    Where does the salt come in? I didn’t see it in the instructions. Thanks!

    1. Sonja Overhiser says:

      Good catch! We’ve updated the instructions accordingly. Thank you!

  2. Autumn says:

    Yup, this is my new fav summer drink! Sooo dang good! The watermelon I got was so perfectly sweet and ripe and I used my vitamix and didn’t even need to strain it! The color of this drink is also so appealing :) I made them for my girl friends paddle boarding birthday fun and it was the perfect refreshing drink while out on the water in the hot sun!
    I had so much watermelon that I ended up making tons of juice and freezing it in 2 cup portions so that I’ll be able to keep making this for awhile! :)

    1. Sonja says:

      We could not be happier to hear this! So, so glad you loved this drink: and we love imagining you enjoying them with your friends in thes sun! So perfect. Thanks for letting us know!