This is the non-frozen version of my watermelon margaritas. These are so amazing and refreshing on hot summer days. To make a virgin version, omit the tequila and use a lemon-lime soda.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
5 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring 1/2 cup sugar, water, and orange zest in a small saucepan to boil, stirring constantly. Simmer until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove simple syrup from heat and allow to cool completely.

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  • Place watermelon in a blender or food processor. Pulse until pureed.

  • Stir watermelon puree into a large pitcher with simple syrup, tequila, and lime juice.

  • Place a small amount of salt or sugar into a saucer. Rub edge of margarita glasses with a lime wedge to moisten. Lightly dip the rim of the glass into the saucer to rim the glass; tap off excess salt or sugar.

  • Fill rimmed glasses with crushed ice; pour margarita mixture into glasses and garnish with lime wedges to serve.

Cook's Notes:

Fill sugar or salt rimmed glasses with crushed ice, then pour margarita mixture over top. Garnish with a lime wedge.

To make a frozen version, crush 1.5 cups of ice in a high-quality blender. Add watermelon, tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup and blend until smooth.

Nutrition Facts

241 calories; protein 0.9g 2% DV; carbohydrates 37.5g 12% DV; fat 0.2g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 41.9mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2012
ok, I make these too, however, skip the ice! Cube your Melon the night before and freeze it on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet. Make it into a slushie in a blender the next day with all the other ingredients. AWESOME Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/13/2015
I make mine simple and sugar free. No need for extra sugar when fruit is naturally sweet. I cube my watermelon and freeze. I hull and freeze strawberries and other berries I have and keep them handy for poolside drinks in the summer. Tequila to taste some crushed ice Cuervo zero calorie margarita mix in bottle some lime juice and whip it up in my Nutri machine. Sooooo good! Read More
(11)
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  • 2 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2012
ok, I make these too, however, skip the ice! Cube your Melon the night before and freeze it on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet. Make it into a slushie in a blender the next day with all the other ingredients. AWESOME Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2012
YUM SOOOO REFRESHING! I followed the other reviewer and cubed/froze my watermelon and skipped the ice. Hubby and I both really REALLY enjoyed these...They are gonna be a summer staple for sure YUM! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2012
These are BOMB. Make em all the time in the summer. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2012
I have to be honest when I first saw this I thought - Why would you mess up a good margarita with watermelon.... and I LOVE watermelon. But then I accidently froze chopped up watermelon that I was trying to cool quickly. So I thought of this recipe. Made it yesterday while sitting by the pool. I did not have Orange Zest so I threw in some Orange Luquire (sp) I had already made a previous picture of Blue Maragaritas - and thought why not use this for the orange flavoring. They were GREAT; and so cool and refreshing. YUMMY - Great summer Maragarita. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/24/2014
Drinking one right now so I thought I would review before I pour another. Freezing watermelon in cubes is the perfect idea. Bought a watermelon today and froze cubes in 2 cup containers. Added fresh orange juice instead of peel and a little triple sec. I make my simple syrup with stevia and leave in the refrigerator so I don't feel too guilty about adding as much as needed for a sweeter drink. May throw some fresh mint in next time and with all the melon I froze today there definitely will be a next time. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2012
These were very refreshing and very tasty! I made the simple syrup and put in the freezer for about 10 minutes. I then put a few ice cubes in there to help cool faster. Put everything including the frozen watermelon in the blender and blended. I was really cold so I did not have to add ice to the blender. Served over crushed ice. TIP you can't blend frozen watermelon without some kind of a liquid. Just throw everything in there at once and there you have it... no need to dirty a pitcher and the blender. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2012
I loved this! Granted I was that annoying person who did tweak just a bit...I did as others suggested omitting the ice and freezing the watermelon. I also drastically cut back on the simple syrup (I made the amt called for but only used about 1/4 c...didn't want to ingest all that sugar in a couple of drinks. Granted my friend opted to stir more simple syrup into her drink as it was quite a bit more potent but it suited me fine: ) I sliced more watermelon as we were sipping away popped it into the freezer so I'll have it ready when the craving kicks in! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2012
DELICIOUS!!! Thanks to other's suggetions I froze the watermelon and used no ice (great idea!). Also added Triple Sec. My guests and I all thought it was the best margaritas we have ever had! My new favorite summer drink! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/13/2015
I make mine simple and sugar free. No need for extra sugar when fruit is naturally sweet. I cube my watermelon and freeze. I hull and freeze strawberries and other berries I have and keep them handy for poolside drinks in the summer. Tequila to taste some crushed ice Cuervo zero calorie margarita mix in bottle some lime juice and whip it up in my Nutri machine. Sooooo good! Read More
(11)
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