A light and flavorful watermelon margarita recipe made with fresh watermelon in just five minutes. Get the skinny on this amazing watermelon margarita that comes in at less than 112 calories! 

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Oh, I love a fruity cocktail so. There’s just something about those delicious sips that is so refreshing and just pure celebratory joy, whether it’s a Cinco party or any summertime gathering of friends.

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One dream I thought for sure died with my twenties was a fruit cocktail like this watermelon margarita. I just knew I would never be able to “afford” that many calories again. Thankfully, I was wrong!

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Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • There are just 112 calories in a Watermelon Margarita! That’s just one of the things that make them so amazing! It’s so fresh and flavorful yet naturally sweet.
  • Honestly, I didn’t even realize how incredible a fresh Watermelon Margarita could be after years of drinking pre-mixed margaritas at restaurants!
  • Puréed fruit is sweet enough to limit the amount of agave nectar. It’s so much more amazing than the super sweet pre-mixed margaritas.
Watermelon Margarita

I was getting ready to make a batch of skinny margaritas for the weekend, and realized I needed to share one of my favorite variations with you. A fresh Watermelon Margarita. It’s a taste of summer. It’s so refreshing, especially without a salt rimmed glass.

It is perfectly presentable with a little watermelon wedge to garnish the glass.

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Tips

  • Use Crushed Ice – So simple, but really makes a difference. It waters the margarita down taking out a hint of sour. In the name of research, we tasted a margarita made with cubed ice next to a margarita with crushed ice. The difference is astounding.
  • Fresh Lime Juice – Purchasing lime juice will do, too. I have a juicer attachment for my mixer that makes fresh juice a breeze, but I also frequently use bottled lime juice. Either way it’s significantly better than a mix.
  • Great Tequila – Any will “do”, but the better the tequila, the better the flavor. I love using Patron Silver, Camerena Reposado, Camerena Silver, Casamigos, or Altos. The tequila you choose can enhance or detract from the flavor.
  • Agave – Agave naturally sweetens these watermelon margaritas, without all the calories! If you prefer, you can use simple syrup.

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5 mins

How to Make a Watermelon Margarita

  1. Purée Watermelon – Add watermelon in a food processor. Blend until smooth.
  2. Combine – Combine watermelon juice with tequila and agave nectar. Stir vigorously or combine in a cocktail shaker or jar and shake.
  3. Serve – Serve over ice cubes or crushed ice in prepared glasses if you prefer salt on the rim.
  4. Garnish with fresh lime wedges or a watermelon wedge.

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Variations

Make it a Frozen Margarita – After puréeing the watermelon, add tequila, agave nectar and blend with ice.

It makes an amazing frozen watermelon margarita that’s perfect for poolside get togethers, barbecues, boating and more. Either way, it’s low calories and tastes fabulous!

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Skinny Watermelon Margarita garnished with a watermelon slice

How to Rim a Margarita Glass

  1. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of a glass.
  2. Dip rims in thick flakes of kosher salt or margarita salt.
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Watermelon Margarita

A light and flavorful Watermelon Margarita recipe made with fresh watermelon, in minutes!
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
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Ingredients  

  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • 3 tablespoons watermelon purée
  • ice

Instructions 

  • Add tequila, lime juice, orange juice, agave and puree to a glass, cocktail shaker or mason jar with lid. Shake or stir vigorously until well comebined.
  • Strain over ice, garnish with a lime or watermelon wedge and serve.

Julie’s Tips

Tips and Substitutions

Use Crushed Ice

Using crushed ice is so simple, but really makes a difference. It waters the margarita down taking out a hint of sour. In the name of research, we tasted a margarita made with cubed ice next to a margarita with crushed ice. The difference is astounding.
Sometimes, it’s the little things. However, at home, we often make them with cubed ice out of ease. Either way, you’ll love these margaritas!

Fresh Lime Juice

Purchasing lime juice will do, too. I have a juicer attachment for my mixer that makes fresh juice a breeze, but I also frequently use bottled lime juice. Either way it’s significantly better than a mix.

Agave

Agave naturally sweetens watermelon margaritas, without all the calories! If you prefer, you can use simple syrup.

Great Tequila

Any will “do”, but the better the tequila, the better the flavor. I love using Patron Silver, Camerena Reposado, Camerena Silver, Casamigos, or Altos. The tequila you choose can enhance or detract from the flavor.

Make it Frozen

After puréeing the watermelon, add tequila, agave nectar and blend with ice. It makes an amazing Frozen Watermelon Margarita that’s perfect for poolside get togethers, barbecues, boating and more. Either way, it’s low calories and tastes fabulous!

How to Rim a Margarita Glass

  1. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of a glass.
  2. Dip rims in thick flakes of kosher salt, margarita salt or sweeten it up with sugar. 
Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 102mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 24.9mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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  1. 5 stars
    I found this watermelon margarita recipe after having one on vacation and falling in love with them. Yours is even better and I couldn’t believe how easy they are to make.