Frozen Watermelon Margarita

Frozen watermelon margarita
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Ratings (10)
  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Freeze Time: 3 hrs
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
533 Calories
4g Fat
113g Carbs
19g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 533
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 29mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 113g 41%
Dietary Fiber 13g 47%
Protein 19g
Calcium 88mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Traditional margaritas call for ​triple sec, tequila, and lime or lemon juice. Fruit-flavored margaritas are a staple. These watermelon margaritas are a sweeter way to keep cool in the summer, but if you like the taste of summer, you can have this margarita all year long. 

Ingredients

  • 5 cups watermelon (about one 3 to 4-pound melon, cubed, seeds and rind removed)
  • 1 cup silver tequila
  • 1/2 cup Cointreau or triple sec
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (or frozen lime concentrate)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Watermelon slices for garnish (optional)

Steps to Make It

  1. Create a simple syrup by whisking together the sugar and 1/4 cup of water.

  2. Heat the mixture in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once the sugar has completely dissolved, remove from heat and let cool. 

  3. Add the simple syrup into the blender with the frozen watermelon. Blend until smooth.

  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and blend until the consistency of a slush.

  5. Pour into margarita glasses and garnish with a wedge of watermelon if you like.

Tips

  • Freezing the watermelon beforehand creates a slushy, frozen cocktail without the ice.
  • Follow the directions below on how to rim the margarita glass. The extra kick from the salty (or spicy) rim will make your cocktail much tastier.

Recipe Variations

  • Fresh fruit is a great way to make the traditional citrusy margarita a little sweeter. Mango, watermelon, strawberries, pineapple, and cantaloupe are perfect fruits to add to a traditional margarita recipe. They all blend well and are sweet on their own. Add the simple syrup to the frozen fruit and blend, pitch in the alcohol and you've got a party in a glass.
  • If you want to add a spicy kick to your margarita, consider a chili salt combination to line the rim of the glass. Or use a mandolin and slice super thin slices of a jalapeño pepper to add to the glass.

Sugar, Salt, and More: How to Rim a Cocktail Glass

From the first margarita you've had, the salt rim was a signature, but garnish has gone beyond simple salt. Sugar rims with lemon zest, Sriracha salt rims, and everything in between, there is now an endless possibility of colors and flavors to rim your margarita glass. 

Once you've settled on your choice of rimming sugars or margarita salts, here's how to actually rim a glass:

  1. Pass a lime wedge around the outside edge of the glass. The goal is to only have the salt or sugar on the outside of the glass so that it doesn't interfere with the taste of the drink itself.

  2. Once you wet the outside of the glass, top the glass on its side and roll the stem of the glass between your fingers to cover the entire outer edge.

  3. Shake off the loose grains of salt or sugar and pour your fruity margarita into the glass.