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Watermelon Margarita~ the Perfect Summer Cocktail Recipe

Watermelons and margaritas are two refreshing ways to stay cool in the hot days of summer. Combine the two to make a watermelon margarita cocktail, and it is summer in a glass! What I also love about this recipe is that you can keep frozen watermelon in your freezer and enjoy this treat anytime you like.

watermelon margarita in glass with lime garnish and sunflowers
Watermelon Margarita / Photo by Lydia Menzies

We can thank my friend MK Hannigan, at In the Curious Kitchen, for sharing this delicious jewel of a drink with us. MK is known for her way with cocktails and appetizers, and I’m thrilled that she passed along this watermelon margarita recipe just for us. I highly recommend adding MK’s blog to your rotation as she is always adding a creative touch to any recipe she makes. I love her easy cocktails and delicious appetizers! Here’s my current favorite- the Watermelon Margarita!

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Watermelon Margarita Recipe

4 cups frozen watermelon (cubed)

3/4 cup good tequila

1/3 cup orange liqueur (I used Patron)

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

1/8 – 1/4 cup simple syrup*

3-4 limes

Margarita Salt

DIRECTIONS

Place frozen watermelon pieces in blender and add in all other ingredients.

Blend until smooth.

Using lime wedge, line the rim of the glass with lime juice and then dip rim of glass in margarita salt.

Add ice to 8 oz. glass (recipe yields about 32 oz. or about 4 servings)

Pour drink into glass.

Garnish with a slice of lime.

Enjoy!

*Simple Syrup is easy to make and store for when needed.

SIMPLE SYRUP RECIPE

1 cup water

1 cup granulated sugar

Mix both together in a pot over heat. Boil the mixture until sugar dissolves.

Let simple syrup cool.

Store in refrigerator for up to one month.

You can also watch my video on Instagram/IGTV.

A quick tip from Lydia…

If the watermelon is frozen together into a block, let it thaw on the counter for a few minutes until you can break apart with a knife.

watermelon margarita recipe

For more recipes and party ideas with watermelon, see these posts…

Star Spangled Lemonade with Watermelon Stars

Watermelon Party Ideas

Watermelon Picnic

Watermelon Roundup

lemonade with blueberries and star shaped watermelon american flag and paper straw with stars on it
Star Spangled Lemonade with Blueberries and Watermelon Stars
lemonade with blueberries and star shaped watermelon american flag and paper straw with stars on it

Lemonade with blueberries and watermelon makes this iconic summer drink even more fun and refreshing! The good news is that this lemonade is easy to make and packs a big festive punch with friends and family!

I like to kick off summer by serving it on Memorial Day and then bring it out again on Independence Day. You can always turn it into a cocktail if you like- but it is really good as it is! My kids would drink it by the gallon if I would let them!

This star-spangled lemonade is easy to make- or you can always substitute your favorite store-bought lemonade! Here is the recipe…

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Star Spangled Lemonade

Lydia Menzies

Ingredients
  

  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon choice
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 oz. vodka for cocktail version
  • watermelon for stars
  • blueberries for stars

Instructions
 

Star Spangled Lemonade

  • Combine the sugar and water over heat to dissolve the sugar.
  • Add lemon juice.
  • Chill and enjoy!

Star Spangled Cocktail

  • Add 2 oz. of vodka to an 6-8 oz. serving of lemonade.

Watermelon Stars

  • To make watermelon stars, slice a piece of watermelon into a triangle slice. Use a mini cookie cutter in the shape of a star and cut out star shapes from watermelon slice.
  • Add fresh, washed blueberries.
  • Top with a miniature flag and a festive straw!
  • Serve on a tray with cocktail napkins and enjoy!

Cheers,

Lydia xo