Frozen Watermelon Rosemary Margaritas


This is a cocktail riff on a lemonade recipe we love ( The herb-melon combo is delicious, and watermelon's natural sweetness keeps added sugar low.

Frozen Watermelon Rosemary Margarita
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
9 hrs
Total Time:
9 hrs 30 mins
4 margaritas


  • 1 cup water

  • cup white sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary

  • 6 cups cubed seeded watermelon

  • 1 cup lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 8 fluid ounces reposado tequila

  • rosemary sprigs for serving

  • watermelon wedges for serving


  1. Bring 1 cup water and 1/3 cup sugar to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar. Stir in chopped rosemary. Let steep for1 hour.

  2. Strain rosemary syrup into a blender. Add watermelon and lemon juice. Purée until smooth, about 30 seconds. Strain lemonade mixture, then freeze in ice cube trays until solid, 8 hours or overnight.

  3. Mix together salt and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in a small shallow dish. Lightly dampen rims of 4 (12-ounce) glasses with a wet paper towel. Roll glass rims in salt-sugar mixture until coated.

  4. Working in batches, blend half of the frozen watermelon-lemonade cubes and 4 ounces tequila in a blender or food processor until slushy, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of water as needed to help blend mixture. Pour into prepared glasses. Repeat with remaining watermelon-lemonade cubes and remaining tequila. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and watermelon wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

291 Calories
0g Fat
42g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 291
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 1445mg 63%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 2g
Potassium 335mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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