This frozen watermelon margarita is like summer in a salty sugar-rimmed glass! For the kids and teetotalers, a non-alcoholic version is included!
Who out there can’t get enough 🍉watermelon🍉 in the summertime (🙋🏻)? Interestingly, I married a man who will eat watermelon if he is forced to, but since he’s never forced to, he doesn’t eat watermelon. He’s never liked cantaloupe or honeydew, and honestly, though I like them, I get that. Watermelon though? He used to like it but now he doesn’t. What gives?
Because of this, I have been forced to buy these little mini watermelons. I have seen them called “personal” watermelons and that always makes me laugh. It’s my own personal watermelon…it really is. It’s really kind of convenient, because even if Philip were eating it too a big watermelon would be way more than we’d ever finish before it went south and I don’t think I have any storage containers that big anyway.
Funny story about the watermelons used to make this recipe…I’ll admit that while I usually try to get my produce, at least in the summer, from local stands and what not, I bought these at Costco, which had these baby watermelons in pairs in a little mesh bag. My friend was grabbing dog food over by the wall and I told her that I was going to go grab some watermelons, and went traipsing back to the cart carrying two small watermelons right. in front. of my chest. Ooooooops. Also, how many of you can’t carry a watermelon without thinking about Dirty Dancing? I know I can’t (can you believe that Philip has never seen that movie?!?!).
Mostly I’m a watermelon purist. I really don’t care to eat it in a salad or anything like that, and I would never, ever put salt on my watermelon. But…there’s something about a watermelon margarita that gets my heart pumping (especially a frozen watermelon margarita!). Watermelon and lime go really well together, and frozen watermelon is basically like melon flavored ice. I literally just chunk my watermelon up and freeze it – so easy. Instead of lime juice, I use frozen limeade concentrate here. You all know I usually go for fresh but I read a lot of articles about frozen lime margaritas and they all recommended limeade concentrate because it retains its flavor better. I’m not one to argue.
This frozen watermelon margarita comes together super-quick in your blender, and a non-alcoholic version is as simple as subbing in lemon-lime soda for the tequila and triple sec. And, I’m going to commit heresy against myself here, but a rimmed glass is an absolute necessity when you are having a margarita, virgin or not (I like a mixture of sugar and salt). I rolled my eyes at myself when I realized that I had put a straw in a rimmed glass, but then I realized that this drink does well with a good stir from time to time, so I recommend you follow suit!
Yield: 1 drink
10 minPrep Time:
10 minTotal Time:
- 1 cup frozen watermelon chunks
- 2 tablespoons frozen limeade concentrate
- 1 1/2 ounces (one shot) silver tequila (gold is fine too, but I always prefer silver)
- 2 teaspoons triple sec
- OR sub 1/4 cup lemon-lime soda (Sprite, 7Up, or Sierra Mist) for the tequila and triple sec
- 3-4 ice cubes
- lime wedges for garnish
- lime juice or water
- 2 tablespoons kosher or sea salt
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Pour the lime juice or water into one small plate and the sugar and salt into another plate. Mix the sugar and salt together with your fingers. Dip the rim of your glass into the water or lime juice then twist into the sugar/salt mixture. Set aside.
- Combine the watermelon, limeade, tequila and triple sec (or lemon-lime soda), and ice cubes in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into the rimmed glass and serve garnished with a wedge of lime.