I hope you’re ready for the best watermelon margarita recipe of your life. It was inspired by my trip to Cabo about 5 years ago, and wow I’ve loved reminiscing on that trip:
I’ve been laying on the beach in Cabo reading books I’ve collected from Amazon over the past few months. It’s a terrible habit — you know, buying books, reading a few chapters then getting caught up in all my to-do lists.
But here’s something I recently learned about myself: I must take the time to read and listen to other human beings life perspectives on a consistent basis. I know this seems silly and maybe a little obvious, but the insight another person’s life experiences bring me keeps me grounded and thoughtful in my day to day adventures. It keeps me in tune to my emotions, to others and the ability to see outside of my everyday box of life.
So, finishing all those books is now at the top of my to-do list.
The other day I was reading a book that said those who succeed don’t really set out to succeed. They fail, they do things wrong, they never begin the right way — most important though, is that they try again and again. They learn from their experiences and mistakes and that my friends, allows them to grow both personally and professionally. It is the non-conformists who succeed.
Lately I feel like everywhere I turn, there’s an app or an article telling me how to be more productive or how to accomplish everything in the world as quickly as possible. Sometimes I wonder if what we need more of is SLOWING DOWN and appreciating the time we have.
Recently I read this article about wasting time and it struck a chord with me. It says that being unproductive and wasting time re-charging your battery, is in fact, time well spent. Read the article. Embrace it. And then drink a sweet and spicy watermelon margarita and say F your crazy to-do list for a little while.
I’ve been relaxing all week with margaritas and it’s been incredibly wonderful. Toes painted, book in my hand, tennis, plenty of chips and guac, and quality time away from the world wide web. Life is simply what it should be in this very moment.
Watermelon margarita ingredients
The best part about this sweet & spicy watermelon margarita recipe is that you’ll just need a handful of fresh ingredients. They can, of course, be made without jalapeños, but what’s the fun in that? A little spice in life will do you good. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Silver tequila: I prefer using a silver tequila for the flavor in this easy watermelon margarita recipe.
- Fresh lime juice: add a little tart flavor to balance the sweetness of the watermelon.
- Watermelon: yes, you’ll use fresh watermelon to make this gorgeous cocktail!
- Agave nectar: a little bit of agave helps to sweeten them up a bit, but feel free to omit if you find your watermelon sweet enough. No triple sec or simple syrup needed!
- Jalapeño: I love to add a kick of spice from a few jalapeño slices, but you can adjust and/or omit if you’d like.
- Coarse salt & ice: salt those rims, baby! And shake with plenty of ice.
How to make fresh watermelon juice
You’ll simply blend ½-1 cup seedless watermelon cubes in a blender, then pour over a fine mesh strainer into a glass. Measure out what you need for the margaritas.
Spicy watermelon margaritas in 2 simple steps
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add the tequila, lime juice, watermelon juice, jalapeño slices, and agave nectar. Put on the lid and shake for 15-30 seconds.
- Strain the liquid into a glass and garnish with fresh lime wedges. You can also add a few jalapeño slices to the bottom of the glass, but only if you like it extra spicy! Taste and add extra sweetener if necessary.
Don’t forget to salt the rim!
Before you pour your margarita into a glass — salt it! Simply add salt to a small plate. Use a lime wedge to wet the rim of the glass; dip the top of the glass in the salt, rolling from side to side until well coated.
Can I make it frozen?
YES! To make a frozen watermelon margarita:
- Freeze the 1/2-1 cup of watermelon cubes on a parchment-lined baking sheet for about 4-6 hours or overnight.
- Once frozen, add the watermelon cubes with the rest of your watermelon margarita ingredients (except the jalapeño slices) to a high powered blender and blend until smooth and thick. If the margarita mixture is looking thin, blend in some ice cubes.
- Pour the mixture into glasses, garnish with jalapeño slices and enjoy!
Make a pitcher of watermelon margaritas
For 8 drinks you will need: 2 cups silver tequila, 1 cup lime juice, 2 cups watermelon juice 1-2 jalapeños (sliced), 2 ½-3 tablespoons agave nectar. Pour into a large pitcher, add ice and stir well with a wooden spoon until well combined.
Our favorite cocktail making tools
- Shake it up with a cocktail shaker
- A simple strainer in case your shaker doesn’t have one
- I love using this hand juicer for all things juicing
- Cute cocktail glasses like these or these
- A pitcher for serving a party
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More cocktail recipes
- Frozen Strawberry Margarita
- Spicy Blood Orange Margarita
- Watermelon Frosé
- Rebecca’s Pomegranate Margarita
- Palm Springs Cocktail
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So drink up, enjoy life, relax and drink a marg this weekend. Cheers friends! xo
I hope you love this easy watermelon margarita recipe! If you make this recipe, leave a comment & rating below or tag #ambitiouskitchen on Instagram!
Jalapeño Watermelon Margaritas
The best watermelon margarita recipe naturally sweetened with watermelon juice and a touch of agave. These sweet and spicy jalapeño watermelon margaritas are easy to make for the ultimate summer cocktail! Options to make a small batch or a pitcher to share.
- ¼ cup silver tequila
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (about 1 small lime)
- ¼ cup fresh watermelon juice*
- 2-4 jalapeño slices, depending on how spicy you like it.
- 1 teaspoon agave nectar
- Ice, for shaking
- Coarsely ground sea salt
Add salt to a small plate. Use a lime wedge to wet the rim of the glass; dip the top of the glass in the salt, rolling from side to side until well coated.
Next fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila, lime juice, watermelon juice, jalapeno slices, and agave nectar. Put on the lid and shake for 15-30 seconds; strain the liquid into a glass and garnish with a fresh watermelon wedge. (You can also add a few jalapeno slices to the bottom of the glass, but only if you like it extra spicy!) Taste and add extra sweetener if necessary.
You can double, triple or quadruple this recipe.
To make fresh watermelon juice: Simply blend ½-1 cup seedless watermelon cubes, then pour over a fine mesh strainer into a glass. Measure out what you need for the margaritas.
To make a pitcher: For 8 drinks you will need: 2 cups silver tequila, 1 cup lime juice, 2 cups watermelon juice 1-2 jalapenos (sliced), 2 ½-3 tablespoons agave nectar. Pour into a large pitcher, add ice and stir well with a wooden spoon until well combined. Enjoy!
Photography: Sarah Fennel
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YUM!!! Spicy margs are the best. I love the watermelon twist…I’m jumping on the bandwagon!
These look awesome! I am totes making these tomorrow for Cinco de Mayo! I LOVE spicy margs and with the combo of refreshing watermelon…yumzz. I love your blog and your insta, keep up the good work 🙂
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Made them last night, amazing! Little stronger than I thought they would be, but we loved them!
I love this idea of slowing down. Especially in a world where it feels like everyone needs a side hustle to get by! Very inspiring. And I love that you posted a light version of a margarita! Because wow, drinking can get you into trouble!!!! Thanks for sharing.
Yes! Feels like there’s always something to add to our plates. Hope you get a chance to try these!
Looks yummy. You put the lime in the juicer upside down, though. Put the lime in the other way (cut edge towards the holes) & you’ll get way more juice out of it.
Great tip! 🙂
I noticed that too. The lime goes in the squeezer the opposite way. Those squeezers were designed for the fruit to go in dome side up.
Our mistake! 🙂
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These look so good! I love the combo of spicy and sweet!
Best combo! Perfect for summer entertaining 🙂
Thanks for sharing! Can I make a concentrate ahead of time?
I’m not sure what you mean by concentrate? Could you be more specific?
Made with Mezcal instead…definitely found a summer favorite! I’ve already shared this recipe with family and friends 🙂
Love that! So delicious 🙂
Yum! Easy to make and super refreshing on a warm summer day
Absolutely! Glad you enjoyed 🙂
This was the best skinnny margarita recipe ever!!! I loved it! It was such a hit!
So happy to hear that, Emily!
These were such a crowd pleaser at our family 4th of July bbq! I added a little extra agave for my mother in law who likes sweet drinks and then added extra jalapeños for my father in law. So yummy!
Amazing! So happy to hear that 🙂
This is the best Watermelon Margarita recipe I have tried. I have a few comments though. The written recipe does not say to strain into a glass with ice. It is written as if it is served straight up, but the pictures show ice. The other thing is thatthe person squeezing the limes in the vid is doing it wrong. That type of lemon/lime squeezer is meant to be used with the fruit, dome side up, so that the squeezer presses into the convex side of the fruit. (The fruit sits in the squeezer the opposite way than shown in the vid. But the recipe is fantastic, it is so delish~~I used .75 oz simple syrup instead of agave.
I’m glad you enjoyed! You can feel free to drink this with or without ice (it will be cold from shaking it with ice anyway). And we made a slight mistake with the juicer 🙂 oh well!
Delicious, easy to make and refreshing! I did Tajin on the glass rim instead of regular salt and it was great!
Oooh such a brilliant idea to use Tajin on the rim–yummm! Glad that you loved these 🙂
These are simply amazing. If you enjoy a good Tequila drink that is not sticky sweet or for a change from Margarita mix try this. I do not use the agave, it is so refreshing just with lime and watermelon and of course the jalapenos if you like a little heat. On exceptionally steamy days I add a little soda water.
I’m SO happy you love these, Julie! So refreshing, right?! Love the idea of adding a splash of soda water, too 🙂