Juicy chunks of watermelon infused with margarita cocktail ingredients make for a refreshing, tequila-spiked summertime treat.
I will go ahead and say that I am not really that into watermelon. I mean, it's better than cantaloupe for sure but I don't typically keep it in my fridge unless I'm entertaining. A few weeks ago, I cut up and chilled one for a few folks that came over the Memorial Day weekend and it was really popular--extremely juicy and super sweet. I even enjoyed a few slices myself. I needed a contribution for a pool party about a week after that and this got my wheels turning. The result was a juicy, boozy batch of margarita-infused watermelon. This is something you will absolutely want to make as soon as summer hits. It's quite amazing.
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What is Margarita-Infused Watermelon?
Margarita-infused watermelon is basically pieces of watermelon soaked in a mixture of tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and a little sugar. To make it, you simply pour the mixture over the watermelon and let it chill in the fridge for a while. The result is an almost effortless spiked fruit snack that you'll definitely want to try for your next cookout, pool party, picnic or whatever. Ice cold watermelon is the ultimate summertime treat and adding this easy twist will make it even more popular at a gathering. I've served it a few times now and it is a consistent hit. Even my non-watermelon-eating self enjoys margarita-infused watermelon. Must be the booze.
The recipe calls for a bit of fresh mint, which is optional but adds a refreshing twist that I recommend you try. It might even combat tequila breath? I can't make any promises. To make the best margarita-infused watermelon, you'll want an exceptionally sweet and juicy watermelon. There are few tricks to picking a good watermelon, which I've included below. Keep this list in your back pocket for summertime because knowing how to pick a good watermelon is useful regardless of how you plan to eat it. This frozen watermelon mint lemonade is another good way to enjoy watermelon, by the way. 🙂
How to Pick the Perfect Watermelon
- Thump it. Then listen. The sound should be hollow.
- Look for the "field" spot. This is where the melon sat on the ground while growing and it should be yellow to golden orange in color.
- Look for brown "webbing" on the skin of the melon. It may not be pretty but is a sign of more pollination when the melon was a flower and, thus, more sweetness.
- Look at the "tail" or remnant of the vine. It should be brown. A green one indicates the melon was picked too early.
- Hold it. The melon should feel heavy for its size.
I hope these tips help you pick a few winners this summer. And sharing is caring so pin this boozy watermelon recipe on Pinterest. Thanks for reading!
How to Make Tequila-Infused Watermelon
- 1 medium watermelon cut into cubes
- 2 cups agave tequila
- ¼ cup liqueur such as triple sec or cointreau
- 6 sprigs of mint leaves chopped
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- Arrange watermelon in a single layer on a baking pan.
- Whisk together remaining ingredients in a bowl until sugar is completely dissolved then pour over watermelon.
- Refrigerate at least one hour up to overnight (the longer the better). Serve cold.
Life with Larissa says
I love watermelon, especially in the summertime. It's such a nice and crashing treat. I also have a very strong sweet tooth, so this is a great way to satisfy that craving in a healthy way. Watermelon & mint go good together! Now I just need to try it with the alcohol ?
I agree! Thanks for stopping by.
This is genius!! My mouth was watering just looking at your photos!! I LOVE watermelon - what a cute idea for the summer holidays! (Or just because!) Haha, have a great week!! XO
Jessica Lam says
This is such a cool idea for a summer appetizer! They look delicious 🙂
Amanda @ The Light Owl says
This sounds like the perfect summer weekend snack. Can't wait to try it!
Jenna | The Urben Life says
Great tips on choosing the perfect watermelon! I love infusing mine too 🙂
Nostalgia Diaries says
This is the perfect combination for summer! Perfect for a day on the beach!
This sounds delicious! I can't wait to try this at a picnic this summer!
Sara Garska says
I DO love watermelon and I love the idea of infusing it and turning it into a party food. This looks perfect for the next get-together. Beautiful pics too!
Thanks so much.
I've seen this a couple times but never tried it! This makes it look nice and Easy. Just in time for the heat of the summer and pool parties
Yes, it's very easy to do! Thanks for reading.
Honestly, I'll take any fruit infused with margarita, lol! But watermelon is absolutely refreshing! I love the idea! This is perfect for Summer! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
now this is freaking awesome!
Latasha (@ArtsandBudgets) says
Wow, this sounds amazing! I love watermelon! 🙂
Befitting Style says
I'm always down for drinks with real fruits in it... makes it feel less fat LOL
Watermelon and tequila - sold!!!!
This looks amazing! Can't wait to try it this summer!!
I've been meaning to make infused watermelons for ages so this recipe has come just in time! Thanks so much, I look forward to serving this at my next BBQ.
Watermelon is already my all-time favorite fruit and tequila is my drink of choice, so I was super excited to try this recipe! I used your tips and found the perfect watermelon! The recipe was so easy to make and I had boozy watermelon slices ready in no time! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!
You're so welcome, Lilly. Thanks for your feedback.
I had to try this boozy watermelon to contribute to a barbecue this weekend, and it was a huge hit! Your tips on picking the best watermelon helped so much -- the one we picked was SO good!
Like you, I was never a watermelon enthusiast until I tried this recipe. You definitely changed the game!
Working on our yard had us sweating! These bites of cool watermelon certainly helped us enjoy the fruits of our labor. Delicious!
Shanna Jones says
You had me at watermelon, then I saw "margarita," and I was sold! I made this for a small gathering last weekend, and everyone was asking for the recipe; so easy and so good!
So so refreshing and the kick of booziness really elevated the flavors!