Watermelon Margarita

The watermelon margarita is a fresh and delicious cocktail, ideal to be enjoyed after dinner or during a beach party. A sweeter and lighter variant of the classic Mexican tequila-based cocktail, the homemade watermelon granita can be served as an aperitif, although it is more fruity and delicate than the original.

There is nothing easier and faster than preparing a watermelon margarita! And you won’t necessarily need a shaker: since the watermelon is going to be blended, you can put all the ingredients in the blender and it’s done!

As the original Margarita, this cocktail calls for white tequila, but you can also use the dark one. The amount may vary depending on your taste, just like in the original recipe: however, like the classic version, the watermelon granita should be served in glasses rimmed with salt, in order to better appreciate its flavour.

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  • DifficultyVery easy
  • CostVery cheap
  • Preparation time10 Minutes
  • Serving1 serving
  • Cooking methodNo cooking
  • CuisineMexican
  • SeasonalitySummer

Ingredients for a glass of watermelon margarita

For the cocktail

6.3 oz watermelon (180 g – peeled)
1.7 oz white tequila (50 ml)
0.8 oz lime juice (25 ml)
2 cubes ice

For garnish

q.s. salt
1 slice lime
q.s. ice
128,65 Kcal
calories per serving
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  • Power 128,65 (Kcal)
  • Carbohydrates 9,19 (g) of which sugars 7,15 (g)
  • Proteins 0,85 (g)
  • Fat 0,03 (g) of which saturated 0,00 (g)of which unsaturated 0,01 (g)
  • Fibers 0,57 (g)
  • Sodium 393,96 (mg)

Indicative values for a portion of 270 g processed in an automated way starting from the nutritional information available on the CREA* and FoodData Central** databases. It is not food and / or nutritional advice.

* CREATES Food and Nutrition Research Center: https://www.crea.gov.it/alimenti-e-nutrizione https://www.alimentinutrizione.it ** U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. FoodData Central, 2019. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov


1 Chopping Board
1 Knife
1 Blender
1 Strainer
1 Plate with a diameter wider than the glass diameter

How to make an homemade watermelon margarita

To prepare a watermelon margarita, start by cutting a slice of watermelon, then remove the peel. Cut it into cubes. Remove all the seeds with the tip of a knife.

cut wtermlon in cubes and remove seeds for margarita

Weigh 6,3 oz (180 g) of watermelon pulp and put it in the blender (or mixer) jar. Add the juice of half a lime (about 0,8 oz), and pass it through a strainer in order to eliminate the seeds. Add a couple of ice cubes and the tequila in the jar.

add all ingredients in the blender for watermelon margarita

Blend for about half a minute, to ensure that both ice and especially watermelon are well blended. At the end you’ll get a smooth mixture.

the homemade watermelon margarita is ready when it's smooth

Keep it in the fridge the time needed to preparing the glass for the watermelon margarita. As well as for the classic one, you can garnish the glass with salt following this method: sprinkle a couple of spoons of fine salt on a dish with a diameter a little wider than the glass one.

oisten all the edge of the glass with a lime wedge. Flip the glass and dip it on the dish, until its edge is completely covered with salt.

covr the edge of the glass with salt for a perfect watermelon margarita

Pour the watermelon margarita in the glass and serve at once. Place a few ice cubes in the serving glass and garnish with a slice of lime and watermelon if desired.

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Why do we garnish the margarita glass with salt?

The margarita, as everybody knows, has its origins in Mexico, where it is very warm. The salt has capability of retaining liquids, allowing to drink more cocktails without sweating. And it enhances the other typical tastes of margarita, of course.

Tips and variation

If you prefer a clearer cocktail, I recommend to extract the watermelon juice with a juice processor or an extractor. You can also blend it and then drain it with a strainer. And once you get the juice, you can prepare the watermelon margarita using a shaker instead of a blender.
Increase the amount of tequila if you prefer a more alcoholic cocktail. Alternatively you can add 0,07 oz (20 ml) of triple sec, an orange flavored liqueur.
If you are looking for more homemade cocktails, take a look to the Virgin Mojito recipe and to the pomegranate sangra recipe!

Translation by Giacomo Meucci

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