Watermelon Margarita

This is the best margarita you'll make all summer! With no added sweetener and just 5 ingredients, it's a fun, healthy cocktail.

Watermelon Margarita Recipe

I have three really great reasons why you should make this watermelon margarita recipe this weekend: 1. It’s summer!  2. These are so easy and require no additional sweetener aside from the watermelon so they’re borderline healthy(?) and 3. You made the Spicy Tomato and Watermelon salad on Thursday and now you have leftover watermelon hanging out in your fridge. Waste not want not! Let’s make a watermelon margarita!

Spicy Watermelon Margarita ingredients

How to Make a Watermelon Margarita

  1. Start making your watermelon margarita by blending the watermelon with lime juice. This juice will keep in the fridge for most of the week, so you can easily do this step ahead of time.
  2. Then, mix the watermelon-lime juice with tequila (or spicy tequila!), and that’s it! Watermelon margarita time!

Watermelon Margarita Recipe

I like to make this recipe with jalapeño tequila, which you can make as spicy as you like. Infuse it for 15 minutes, and it’ll be mild. Alternatively, infuse it for 1/2 to one day, and it’ll be pretty spicy. Or, infuse it for 3 days and, well, that was too spicy even for me, and I have a pretty high spice tolerance. If you over-spice your tequila, just dilute it to taste with plain tequila. Looking for a classic margarita recipe? See this post.

Cheers friends!

Spicy Watermelon Margaritas

rate this recipe:
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Serves 4
This watermelon margarita is the perfect summertime drink! With no added sweetener and just 5 ingredients, it's an easy, fun, and healthy cocktail.


  • ½ cup tequila
  • 1 small jalapeño, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 5 cups cut watermelon
  • ½ cup lime juice, plus 4 sliced lime rounds for garnish
  • Handfuls of ice
  • Sea salt for glass rims, optional


  • Combine the tequila and half of the jalapeño slices, if using. Set aside for 15 to 30 minutes to infuse (the longer you infuse, the spicier it will be). If you're not using the jalapeño, skip this step and proceed with the recipe.
  • In a blender, combine the watermelon with the lime juice and a handful of ice.
  • Salt the rim of 4 glasses, if desired, and fill each with ice. Pour the watermelon lime juice into the glasses and stir 2 tablespoons of tequila into each glass. Garnish with the lime rounds.



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  1. Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite

    I love it when I already have all of the ingredients on hand to make a recipe! So refreshing and fun for summer 🙂

  2. Sabrina

    great idea and beautifully presented! Perfect compliment to summer heat, thank you for this cocktail recipe!

  3. Gaby Dalkin

    OMG, I need to try this margarita ASAP!

  4. Davi

    looks refreshing, must be try.
    thanks for the idea.

  5. Ahaan from slimnhappy.com

    5 stars
    So beautifully presented! Must say. In love with this healthy juice recipe and going to try it with my morning breakfast.

  6. Gil

    5 stars
    Was a hit tonight. We just thought it to be in need of a little additional *something*. First off, doubled the amount of Tequila and added Couintreau…Bingo ! 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Ha glad it was a hit (and also adjustable 🙂 )

  7. matt

    5 stars
    The watermelon puree base is amazing! I filled a pint glass with ice, 50% spicy tequila and 50% puree. Capped with a metal shaker cup and shook it until cold. Strained into a salted glass filled with ice. Two tablespoons of tequila just wasn’t enough for me 🙂

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