Margarita Watermelon

Margarita Watermelon from @creativculinary

Something old is new again! Yes, I’m reposting a dish that I first shared a couple of years ago; it’s been that kind of week! Launching a new blog design doesn’t stop at the blog; there are a bazillion places I have to update images on social media. A bazillion I tell ya! Still, I really wanted to share this again after having it the other night when I reminded myself of how much I love preparing watermelon like this. If you’re a new reader or if you’re not and either forgot it or never saw it I have to tell you, this Margarita Watermelon is SO good. Sort of a reverse cocktail. The fruit is not pulverized and combined with other cocktail ingredients, no…it’s left whole and infused with them.

Almost to a person when I mention Margarita Watermelon I hear, ‘You mean a watermelon margarita?’ I love those too (see below) but this is something more unique and so special. I like to serve it as a dessert for a summer barbecue. It’s light and refreshing but definitely has a bit of a kick. Just watch the kids; they need their own separate melon!

Margarita Watermelon from @creativculinary

I’ve had this watermelon treat on my blog for a very long time; it’s one of those I brought over from my first website and it has been buried deep in the archives with no photo and has remained pretty much invisible to any food blog reader’s eye. Without a photo it was not quite so loveable. When I realized that The Food Network weekly event was watermelon and I had an adorable little, sweet, baby watermelon on the counter that I had just picked up at a Farmer’s Market, how could I not make it the star? It helped that this was simply the best watermelon I’ve had in a long time…look at that color!

I just love this grown-up version of a favorite summer fruit with margarita fixings though my mantra remains the same – use the same quality ingredients that are in the margaritas I love. As always, use Reposado Tequila and Orange Liqueur in the mix to infuse the watermelon slices. Equally if not even more important as good booze? Get a great watermelon. They should be coming into markets now and have a rich, red fruit and be so sweet.

Margarita Watermelon from @creativculinary

The longer the watermelon soaks, the more flavorful it becomes. I don’t waste that liquid either…it gets poured over the slices in the bowl before they are finished with lime juice and salt. Be sure there are napkins or bibs available. I know your guests are going to do what we did…oh yes we did slurp that stuff out of the bowl! No? Really…you wouldn’t? Don’t be fibbing to me and don’t miss doing it; it might be the BEST part!

I love using watermelon in cocktails and I’ve included a couple others you might enjoy. Both the Watermelon Martini and the Watermelon Margarita are wonderful additions to your cocktail lineup. I say ‘try them all!’

OK, here is the real Watermelon Margarita!

Watermelon Margarita from @creativculinary

Last but not least, the lovely Watermelon Martini.

Watermelon Martini from @creativculinary

Did you know tomorrow is National Tequila Day? Be sure to join me for Friday Cocktails

when I will post my absolute favorite margarita ever!
Margarita Watermelon
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A fun alternative to an actual cocktail; watermelon slices are stepped in a mixture of tequila, sugar and orange liqueur and served plated.
Serves: Serves 4-6
  • 1-inch-thick wedges of seedless baby watermelon; I cut mine into 16 small wedges
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup tequila
  • ¼ cup orange liqueur
  • 2 limes, cut into fourths
  • Course or sea salt (I love the look of Maldon Flaked Sea Salt)
  1. Bring sugar and water just to a boil and cook just until sugar is dissolved; about 1 minute. Remove from heat and pour sugar syrup into a glass container.
  2. Add the tequila and orange liqueur and let cool slightly.
  3. Arrange the watermelon slices in a single layer in two large baking dishes.
  4. Pour the simple syrup over the watermelon slices and refrigerate until cold; at least 1 hour.
  5. Flip the watermelon over every 30 minutes.
  6. Remove the watermelon from the syrup, and either arrange for serving from a platter or on single serving plates. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the melon and lightly sprinkle with the salt..

food network logo Join my friends as we celebrate the best of summer with The Food Network and their #SummerSoiree. Each week a group of us will share a favorite dish using the theme of the week. This week it’s all about Watermelon. Perfect timing too because now is when local melons should be coming into market all juicy and sweet. I could seriously eat them with every meal! Be sure to check out the wonderful assortment of watermelon favorites from my friends!



Weelicious: Watermelon Cinnamon Granita
Homemade Delish: Refreshing Watermelon Salsa
Healthy Eats: Pretty in Pink: 6 Dishes Made Better with Watermelon
Creative Culinary: Margarita Watermelon
The Wimpy Vegetarian: Watermelon and Peach Salsa
Dishin & Dishes: Watermelon Jalapeno Agua Fresca
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Watermelon Salsa
Red or Green: Watermelon, Corn & Jalapeno Salad
The Mom 100: Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie
Taste with the Eyes: Unique Watermelon Salad – Pomegranate Syrup, Feta, Cucumber
FN Dish: 6 Party-Ready Ways to Take Watermelon Off the Rind


  1. Barbara says

    Just had the margarita watermelon for dessert. I have a suggestion – Make this with melon balls and serve in a bowl with the juice. It’s yummy

    • Creative Culinary says

      It is a fun treat to offer to friends; if you can keep from eating all the slices before they get there!

    • Creative Culinary says

      Let it cool a bit; room temp is fine but nothing more than that. It is SO good; we had a perfect watermelon too; gosh I wish I had another one now!

    • Creative Culinary says

      Absolutely huge hit Maureen…just make sure to get a really great watermelon; that was sure key to this one being so dang fabulous.

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thanks Cheryl; I just mentioned to someone else that I remember my oldest daughter’s first day of kindergarten and the area they reserved for moms to gather and yes, shed a few tears. Tissues, coffee and donuts. I’m thinking they should have had this. :)

    • Creative Culinary says

      Absolutely not just for mom’s…just not for kids. Truth is it doesn’t have a strong boozy taste at all; kids would gobble them up so they would have to be kept under lock and key and only served to those with an ID. :)

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thanks so much Jessica; the watermelon gets all the credit for being so juicy and fabulous. The photos? Your kind remarks are VERY much appreciated; I am absolutely a work in progress!

  2. says

    my mom always tells the story of first days of school. all the other moms in our neighborhood would celebrate by having a martini party all morning. my mom was the one sans drink, sobbing in the corner because she did not want summer to end. i will need to tell her about your clever and delicious sounding recipe. maybe she would have enjoyed the watermelon and not been so sad!
    diane/napa farmhouse 1885 Most Recent Post: back-to-school roasted chicken legs #pullupachair for food network

    • Creative Culinary says

      When my oldest daughter started kindergarten they had a special cry room for the moms with coffee and donuts. They should have had this.

    • Creative Culinary says

      I seem capable of finding a way to add booze to a lot of things…this was unique and I’m SO glad I tried it…we LOVED it.

  3. Doreen says

    I’ve got a melon sitting on my counter and it’s definitely going to made into this wonderful treat … :-)
    beautiful photos!!

  4. says

    If I don’t admit to wanting to slurp the juices out of the bowl I will admit to being all for grabbing a straw and sucking it out of the bowl until the straws makes that annoying noise:). You are so right when you said once that it’s not fair we don’t live closer.

  5. says

    Swooning! What a wonderful, refreshing treat for us moms who finally get our kids back in school. How perfect is this? I can only imagine how great these slices are…with the juice being slurped up at the end. Love it, Barb!
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