Easy Salted Watermelon Margarita

This fresh Watermelon Margarita is simple to make, fruity, sweet, and refreshing. It’s the perfect fruity cocktail with a salted rim for those hot days when watermelons are in season.

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
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Watermelon Rita with salt rim

This Salted Watermelon Margarita recipe is juicy, sweet, slightly tart, and fruity. It’s the perfect fruity cocktail to make for happy hour or whenever you’re craving that perfect refreshing drink with a salted rim for a hot summer day. It’s a fruity version of our classic margarita, with Blanco Tequila and fresh homemade watermelon juice. You could make a watermelon margarita on the rocks or a frozen watermelon margarita. It’s truly a tasty cocktail, and y’all are going to love this easy and simple recipe!

What goes in this Watermelon Drink:

This margarita does not need triple sec or Cointreau, aka, that orange liqueur, because we want the fruity watermelon juice to shine here. When watermelons are in season, we typically will take about 2 cups of cubed watermelon to make fresh juice and save it to make the perfect summer cocktail, like this one here.

Here are the key ingredients you need to have to make this perfect margarita for those warmer months:

  • A ripe watermelon is blended into fresh watermelon juice.
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice. When making a margarita, always use fresh lime juice versus pre-juice lime.
  • Homemade Simple Syrup. It’s super easy to make simple syrup from scratch, and it takes only a few minutes to make it. While you do have to wait for it to cool, placing it in the freezer for 5 minutes to chill/cool is the quickest route.
  • High-quality tequila. We prefer using a Blanco tequila for this recipe because it has a nice salty flavor. But, if you love sweet drinks that taste like candy, we recommend using a Reposado Tequila. The robust, bold flavor of Reposado makes this drink even sweeter to taste, and the taste reminds us of Jolly Ranchers. Our favorite tequila to use is Casamigos or Teremana.
  • Salt. Either kosher or flaked sea salt will do. This is to rim the glass before adding your margarita.

What’s the best tequila to use

Many people usually opt-in for Blanco Tequila when they make margaritas, but we recommend exploring the other tequilas. For example, you may prefer Reposado tequila in this margarita if you have a sweet tooth and enjoy a sweeter drink or Mezcal for a smoky flavor. We like to make this fruity margarita with Blanco tequila because watermelon juice has a lot of natural sweetness. We also recommend choosing high-quality tequila (mid-price range) when you make a watermelon margarita.

How to make a watermelon margarita with simple syrup

This is such a simple recipe. Here are the basics on how to make this tasty summer drink:

  • Make Simple Syrup. Using: 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup Cane Sugar.
  • Make the Watermelon Juice. Cut watermelon into cubes (about 2 cups) and add to a blender. Blend until smooth, and pour the watermelon puree through a fine-mesh sieve to separate the juice from the pulp and any seeds.
  • Add ingredients and ice. In a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, combine watermelon juice with Blanco tequila, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup.
  • Rim the glass: Rim half of a highball glass with a lime wedge and dip the glass in a bowl with kosher salt or flaked sea salt.
  • Shake and strain. Shake vigorously and strain the drink into the rimmed highball glass filled with a cup of ice.
  • Garnish and serve. Add a fresh lime wedge or a watermelon cube. Make it fancy and enjoy.

How to make a frozen watermelon margarita

Instead of adding the fresh watermelon juice to a cocktail shaker with all the other ingredients, you will want to transfer the fresh juice to an ice cube tray to freeze. Once frozen (about 3 hours), add about 5 cubes of the frozen watermelon juice to a blender with and the other ingredients. Blend until smooth and transfer to a garnished and salted rim glass.

How to tell if a watermelon is ripe

This watermelon margarita “rita” recipe requires a ripe watermelon for that natural sweetness of fresh fruit. Here are a few tips for when you are picking out a ripe watermelon:

  • On the watermelon, look for a light-yellow spot where the watermelon rested in the field. If the spot is white, it’s unripe: if the spot is, it’s ripe and you’re good to go.
  • The watermelon should also feel heavy, indicating it’s filled with juice.
Fresh Watermelon Rita

How to make a Skinny Margarita or Spicy Margarita

  • Skinny Route: Instead of adding simple syrup, omit it and add more watermelon juice or agave nectar in its place. You will still get that sweet watermelon flavor going this route. We prefer to add simple syrup because it adds a nice balance of sweetness.
  • Spicy Route: To not overpower the drink with too much heat, we recommend slicing a jalapeno or habanero pepper and add 1 slice along with the seeds to the cocktail shaker. The seeds will enhance the drink and give it a nice spicy kick.

FAQs:

Can I make this drink into a Mocktail (with no alcohol)?

Yes, simply replace the tequila amount with equal parts of water. It will taste very fruity, refreshing, and delicious!

How long does fresh watermelon juice last in the fridge?

We keep it in the fridge for 1 week. When we have leftover watermelon, we will freeze the juice to make frozen watermelon margaritas. Frozen watermelon cubes can last a couple of months.

Salted Rim Variations to try:

We enjoy a classic salt rim for this drink but if your looking for a little heat, will recommend adding a teaspoon of chili powder, tanjin, or old bay seasoning to a bowl with kosher salt.

Another great option is to add fresh lime zest to a bowl with salt.

These salted Watermelon Margaritas are simple to make, fruity, sweet, and refreshing. It’s the perfect fruity cocktail for those hot days when watermelons are in season. We hope you enjoy our recipe! ♡

Easy Salted Watermelon Margarita

5 from 4 votes
This Watermelon Margarita is juicy, sweet, slightly tart and refreshing. The perfect cocktail to make when the warm weather hits.
Rita Margarita with fresh watermelon
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Yields 1 drink

Ingredients

Homemade Simple Syrup

  • ½ cup cane sugar
  • ½ cup water

Fresh Watermelon Juice

  • 2 cups watermelon, cubbed * see notes

Watermelon Rita

  • 3 oz blanco tequila (we used Casamigos blanco tequila)
  • 4 oz fresh watermelon juice
  • ¾ oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup

To Serve

  • Lime Wedge or Watermelon Cube
  • Kosher or Flaked Sea Salt for Rimming the Glass
  • Ice or Frozen Watermelon Juice Cubes

Instructions

  • Make Simple Syrup. Using: 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup Cane Sugar.
    Option 1: Using a tea kettle, pour equal parts of hot water with sugar in a glass. Stir until sugar is dissolved. 
    Option 2: Add equal parts of water and sugar to a sauce pan and heat up until sugar is dissolved.Chill in Freezer for 10 minutes before using, or in the Fridge.
  • Make the Watermelon Juice. Chop the watermelon into cubes (about 2 cups) and add to a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour the puree through a fine mesh strainer to separate the juice from the pulp and any seeds.
  • Add ingredients and ice. Add Blanco tequila, fresh lime juice, watermelon juice, simple syrup and ice to a cocktail shaker.
  • Rim the glass: Optional  – Rim half of a highball glass with a lime wedge and dip the glass in a bowl with kosher or flaked sea salt.
  • Shake and strain. Shake vigorously and strain the drink into the rimmed highball glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish and serve. Add a fresh lime wedge or a watermelon cube. Make it fancy and enjoy.

Notes

* 2 cups of watermelon cubes will give you about 1 3/4 – 2 cups fresh watermelon juice.  
To make frozen watermelon cubes, you could make more watermelon juice and freeze the juice in ice trays. Use frozen cubes as an ice substitute or, blend up 4 cubes with rest of ingredients to make a frozen margarita. 
 
 
Course: Beverages
Cuisine: American-Inspired
Diet: Gluten Free
Keyword: Casamigos Margarita, Margarita, Watermelon Margarita, Watermelon Rita

Nutrition Facts

Serving1gCalories265.42kcalCarbohydrates18.58gProtein0.61gFat0.14gSaturated Fat0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat0.04gMonounsaturated Fat0.03gSodium10.35mgPotassium130.76mgFiber0.43gSugar16.01gVitamin A494.56IUVitamin C13.27mgCalcium10.77mgIron0.76mg
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