Watermelon Margarita

Total Time


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Zest from one orange
  • 4-5 cups cubed and seeded watermelon (I used a small seedless and it was just about the perfect amount for the mixture and some cubes for garnish)
  • 1 pint strawberries, cleaned and hulled
  • 1 and 1/2 cups tequila
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice

For Garnish

  • Salt and sugar for rimming (I mix equal parts together)
  • Lime slices, watermelon cubes and blueberries for garnish (skip the blueberries if you want for non Independence Day cocktails!)


  1. Bring water, sugar and orange zest to a boil in a small saucepan, boiling just long enough for the sugar to dissolve, 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat; strain out the zest and cool completely.
  2. Combine watermelon and strawberries in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour over a strainer into a large bowl to remove solids.
  3. Return fruit juice to blender and add tequila, orange simple syrup, orange liqueur and lime juice and blend thoroughly.
  4. Put pitcher into refrigerator for at least 2 hours allowing flavors to meld and mixture to get cold.
  5. Put salt and sugar mixture on a plate. Rub the rim of glasses with a quarter lime slice and dip them into the salt/sugar.
  6. Fill glasses with ice and add the watermelon margarita mixture; top with garnish of watermelon cubes, berries or lime slices.
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