Watermelon Margaritas taste like summer and are best using easy-to-make homemade Watermelon-infused Tequila! You’ll want a batch in your refrigerator all summer long.
Originally published July 2011; updated July 2018
Margaritas are a summer cocktail favorite but none quench the thirst or the palate as much as Watermelon Margaritas. Cool and refreshing, watermelon margaritas seem to instantly take the heat out of the steamiest of days.
My favorite way to make watermelon margaritas is by home infusing tequila with fresh watermelon. It gives the tequila a true watermelon flavor with only a few days of infusing.
When it’s ready some of the watermelon-infused tequila and boozy watermelon chunks are added to other delicious ingredients to make the best watermelon margarita you’ve ever had!
Infusing tequila is very simple and will take about 5-10 minutes to set up. Trust me, after doing this just once, you’ll have a batch at the ready in your fridge all summer long!
How to Make Homemade Watermelon-Infused Tequila
Making homemade watermelon-infused tequila is easy and gives a fresh flavor to watermelon margaritas. Fresh chunks of seedless watermelon are added to quality blanco or silver tequila and allowed to steep for 2 days to a week.
When the infusing time is over, leave the watermelon tequila in the refrigerator to have ready for fresh batches of watermelon margaritas whenever you want them.
Why Use White (Blanco) or Silver Tequila for Homemade Watermelon Tequila?
White (blanco) and silver tequila are not aged and hence do not have a strong flavor profile making them perfect for this recipe. Additionally, 100% agave tequila will include no additives.
Supplies for Making Watermelon Tequila:
The watermelon margarita recipe I make and shared here uses the chunks of watermelon too so requires removing some from the jar with each batch (something to consider when selecting the jar).
The watermelon tequila should be made in a glass container (not plastic or metal).
Steps for Making Watermelon Tequila
Step 1: Wash and dry the glass container to used for infusing the tequila.
Step 2: Cut a small seedless watermelon into 1-inch cubes (doesn’t need to be precise)
Step 3: Add the watermelon to the prepared jar and pour in a 750-ml bottle of Blanco or Silver Tequila.
Step 4: Allow to sit in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 days, preferably 1 week.
Step 5: Once the infusing is complete, keep the jar with the watermelon and tequila in the refrigerator always on the ready for making watermelon margaritas!
How to make Watermelon Margaritas
Once the watermelon tequila is ready, making watermelon margaritas is easy and can be done in a few minutes!
Two ounces of the watermelon tequila, a few chunks of the boozy watermelon, some frozen limeade, orange liqueur (Cointreau or Citronage) and ice are added to a blender and processed until slushy.
NOTE: the ingredient quantity in the recipe can be multiplied to make multiple margaritas in one blending.
Supplies for making Watermelon Margaritas
If you love these watermelon margaritas you’ll want to be making these watermelon cocktails too: Watermelon Basil Gin Cocktail, Watermelon Tequila cocktail, Watermelon-Banana Rum Coolers, Watermelon White Wine Spritzers, and Watermelon Gin Punch. That should keep you busy for the rest of the summer!
Please always drink responsibly!
If you’ve tried this Watermelon Margarita recipe please RATE THE RECIPE below!
How to Make Watermelon Margaritas & Homemade Watermelon Tequila – Step by Step:
Watermelon-Infused Tequila + Watermelon Margaritas!
The TOTAL TIME reflects a two day infusion time for the tequila.
Ingredients for Watermelon-Infused Tequila:
- 1 750-ml bottle of white or silver , 100% agave tequila
- 1 small seedless watermelon (yielding about 2 pounds of 1 inch cubed watermelon)
- A sealable jar with will hold the above (I use an 8 cup/4 pint Mason jar with lid)
Ingredients for Watermelon Margarita:
- 2 ounces watermelon tequila (above)
- 1 ounce frozen limeade
- 2 cubes of the watermelon from the tequila jar (above)
- ¾ ounce Cointreau or Citronage
- 1 cup crushed ice
Instructions for Watermelon-Infused Tequila:
Wash and dry jar. Add watermelon and tequila and seal. Allow to sit in the refridgerator at minimum of 2 days, preferably 1 week. Once complete keep in the refrigerator to have it chilled and ready for use.
Instructions for the Watermelon Margarita:
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until slushy.