Watermelon Margarita

Sometimes all you need is a margarita and this watermelon-based version is a great summer alternative to the classic citrus-based drink. This recipe needs to be started a couple of days in advance to give the tequila and watermelon time to infuse.

It’s a refreshingly sweet, but not too sweet, drink with the bitter lemon balancing the sweetness without overpowering the delicate flavour of the melon.

Watermelon Margarita

Ingredients and Methods

12 min


  • 120ml watermelon infused tequila
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 60ml bitter lemon drink
  • 30ml Cointreau
  • 3 or 4 cubes of tequila marinated watermelon
  • Several small watermelon wedges, to garnish

For the watermelon infused tequila

  • 750ml blanco tequila
  • 1kg seedless watermelon, cubed


To make the watermelon infused tequila, pour the tequila into a 2 litre jar with a lid. Top up with watermelon cubes. Seal and set aside, gently shaking occasionally, for at least 2 days or up to a week. Strain, returning liquid to the original bottle. Reserve tequila infused watermelon for making the cocktail.

Combine the watermelon infused tequila with crushed ice, bitter lemon, Cointreau and marinated watermelon in a blender or vitamiser and blend until smooth.

Pour into chilled margarita glasses and garnish with watermelon wedges.

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