Ready for an amazing frozen blender drink? Then you need to try my watermelon margaritas! Lime, tequila, and plenty of sweet fruit are the stars in this summer cocktail.
How is summer treating you?
One thing I love about this time of year is picking up a local watermelon (or three) from a nearby farm that grows heirloom varieties. I can get deep red, a nice pink, or a bright yellow.
Yes, they come in yellow. 🍉 And you can tell which is which by the different markings on their rinds. Neat, huh?
Anyway, once I had a nice, deep red watermelon on my counter I knew I had to make an awesome cocktail with it. A little thought and a string of seriously hot days, and I had it! Frozen margaritas. Yum.
What do you need?
- Watermelon – As sweet and ripe as you can manage for max flavor.
- Limes – Sour to the sweet.
- Tequila – 100% agave and I go for a silver tequila though I enjoy gold here as well.
- Orange Liquor – Pick your favorite. You don’t need much but the drink is flat without it.
- Sweetener – We tried with and without and decided that adding a little simple syrup made the drink POP.
- Ice – One cup per batch to makes this frozen cocktail super frozen.
How to make this
To make frozen watermelon margaritas blend together frozen chunks of watermelon with tequila, liqueur, lime juice, syrup, and ice. Spoon the thick cocktail into sugar rimmed glasses and enjoy.
This is super simple and easy to make!
- Cut up and freeze watermelon.
- Add all the ingredients to a blender.
- Blend on low to start and then move to high.
- Continue blending until it’s super smooth.
If you try my recipe for Watermelon Margaritas, I would love to hear from you in the comments with your experience and rating! And I’m happy to answer any questions you might have.
– Stay Safe, Annemarie
Frozen Watermelon Margaritas
- 6 oz tequila
- 1 oz orange liqueur
- 2 oz lime juice
- 1-2 oz simple syrup, or agave syrup
- 3 cups frozen watermelon
- 1 cup ice cubes
- coarse sugar, to rim glasses
- Initial Prep: Cut up and seed (if needed) a watermelon and freeze it on trays for 2 hours. Once frozen, you can proceed with the recipe or move the chunks to sealed containers.
- Make the Drink: Mix together the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and simple syrup. Pour into a blender.
- Add watermelon chunks and ice.
- Puree, starting on low and increasing the speed, until the mixture is smooth and there are no chunks left.
- Optional: Rim glasses with coarse sugar by rubbing the rims with a cut lime and then pressing them into the sugar.
- Serve: Spoon the frozen cocktail into each glass and enjoy. If desired, garnish with watermelon slices, lime slices and/or drink umbrellas.
- For a Crowd: I would recommend making a large amount of the tequila/lime mixture ahead and then pureeing it in 4-drink batches as directed in the recipe so as not to overload the blender. (And you can measure out the frozen watermelon and ice into bags or bowls in the freezer to grab and go.)
- Orange Liqueur: Such as Grand Marnier, Cointreau, or Triple Sec.
- Seeding: If you are using a seeded watermelon you will need to spend some time sorting out the seeds when you are slicing it up for the freezer. I find having a few left doesn't make any difference so long as you puree it smooth enough but try to get most of them out.
- Simple Syrup: Mix together 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a small pot. Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool and store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one month.