Frozen Watermelon Margaritas

Recipe courtesy of Mary Nolan

I love margaritas. Obvi. But, I drink them too quickly and get annoyed that my drink is gone and don’t want to juice more limes. This recipe was designed to slow it down a bit. The problem is, these are so darn good and refreshing, that they disappear just as fast. That’s why the recipe makes 2!

They require a little planning since the watermelon needs to be frozen. But I just put some in the freezer whenever I’m cutting up a watermelon, so that I always have some on-hand and ready to go. Don’t just throw in ice as substitute, because watermelon is taking the place of ice here and it will render a watery drink. The only special equipment needed is a blender.


Make 2 cocktails

Kosher Salt

3 lime wedges

3 1/2 cups frozen watermelon cubes (you want these the size of ice cubes)*

3 ounces fresh lime juice (yes, freshly squeeze it–it tastes so much better)

3 ounces tequila blanco

1 1/2 ounces triple sec (orange liqueur), such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier

1 ounce light agave syrup (or simple syrup)


Pour some kosher salt into a small dish. Rub 1 lime wedge around the rims of the rocks glasses. Dip the rim of the glass into salt, shaking off any excess.


Put the frozen watermelon, lime juice, tequila, triple sec and agave in the blender. Blend until smooth (if your watermelon is rock hard, this might take a minute but be patient).


Divide among prepared glasses. Garnish with remaining lime wedges and a few pieces of frozen watermelon, if desired.


*Freeze cubes of watermelon in a single layer until firm, which is usually at least 3 hours (depending on your freezer).


Measurement note: 1 fluid ounce=2 tablespoons