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Ever wondered what you can make with all that extra watermelon juice? The answer is skinny watermelon margaritas, y’all! They’re one of the most refreshing summer cocktails I’ve ever tasted, and you only need three ingredients to make a batch. They’re perfect for pretty much all summer gatherings, too, especially the 4th of July, since they can be made ahead and served in batches. I put together a fun patriotic bar cart to help serve mine, and it was a big hit. I had a hard time keeping Nala and Nellie away from the watermelon stars, though. Turns out they’re veryyy into watermelon. Anyways, keep reading for my easy watermelon margarita recipe, including a printable/shareable recipe card!
In the meantime, though, if you’re thinking about serving a batch of skinny watermelon margaritas at your next summer party or 4th of July barbecue, here’s everything you’ll need–
- Fresh watermelon juice– I scooped out an entire watermelon to create a DIY watermelon keg and let the pieces sit in a strainer over a large bowl for a few hours. Then, I used a fine mesh strainer and funnel to pour the juice directly into a carafe. Pureeing watermelon chunks in a blender is another option, too, and it’ll significantly cut down on prep time (more on that below).
- Tequila Silver– I use el Jimador, but any tequila will do!
- Lime juice– If you don’t have fresh limes on hand, ReaLime 100% Lime Juice is an awesome alternative. We always keep a few extra bottles in our pantry, just in case our limes go bad.
- Simple syrup (optional)– Kyle and I prefer ours without it, but if you need a little extra sweetness, a splash of simple syrup goes a long way.
- Watermelon stars (for garnish)
Skinny Watermelon Margaritas Recipe
To make a batch of four skinny watermelon margaritas (multiply by three or four if you want to fill a DIY watermelon keg), you’ll need a good amount of fresh watermelon juice. Either of the following methods works great for “juicing” a watermelon–
- If you want to actually eat your watermelon, cut it up into pieces and let them sit in a colander over a large bowl for a few hours in the fridge. The fresh juice will drip down into the bowl. Once you have enough in the bowl, pour it through a fine-mesh strainer (to strain out the pulp and any seeds that may’ve snuck in). Store in an airtight carafe and/or freeze any extra juice in ice cube trays .
- If you don’t care about eating it, fill a blender about 3/4-way full with seedless watermelon, working in batches, and blend until smooth. Pour the pureed watermelon into a fine-mesh strainer over a large bowl (to strain out the pulp and any seeds that may’ve snuck in). Store in an airtight carafe. You can also freeze any extra juice in ice cube trays.
Once you have enough watermelon juice (you need one cup per batch of four margaritas), combine it with one cup of tequila and a half a cup of lime juice in a large pitcher. Note: If the skinny watermelon margaritas are too strong for your taste, sweeten them up with a splash of simple syrup. Finally, add in a good amount of ice and stir thoroughly. Serve with watermelon stars as a festive summer garnish and enjoy!
Skinny Watermelon Margaritas
Made with fresh watermelon juice, lime juice, and silver tequila, these skinny watermelon margaritas are ultra refreshing and perfect for summer parties. Serve them in a pitcher or DIY watermelon keg and garnish with festive watermelon stars!
- Prep Time: 1:00
- Cook Time: :15
- Total Time: 1:15
- Yield: 4
8 ounces watermelon juice (strained)
8 ounces silver tequila
4 ounces lime juice
For Watermelon Juice
If you want to eat the watermelon after juicing it, cut it into pieces and allow them to sit in a colander over a large bowl for a few hours. Once you have enough juice (1 cup will serve 4), pour it into a carafe using a funnel and a fine-mesh strainer to get rid of any excess pulp or seeds. Refrigerate and set aside.
If you don’t care about eating the watermelon, fill a blender about 3/4-way full with a seedless watermelon, working in batches, and blend until smooth. Pour pureed watermelon through a fine-mesh strainer to get rid of excess pulp and seeds. Refrigerate and set aside.
For Skinny Watermelon Margaritas
Combine the tequila, fresh watermelon juice, lime juice in a pitcher or watermelon keg. Add in a good amount of ice and stir thoroughly.
Garnish glasses with watermelon stars.
If you prefer sweeter cocktails, add in 1-2 ounces of store-bought simple syrup. It’ll sweeten these skinny watermelon margaritas right up.
If you’re serving cocktails individually (as opposed to in a pitcher or watermelon keg), combine 1/4th of all ingredients in a cocktail shaker along with some fresh mint and ice. Shake thoroughly until chilled and strain into a cocktail glass.
Lime wedges and mint sprigs work well as garnishes, too! You can also salt the rim, as well, although I’m not personally a fan of how the salt mixes with the watermelon juice.
How to Make Watermelon Stars
Watermelon stars are the perfect summer cocktail garnish, especially for patriotic holidays like the 4th of July and Labor Day. They’re super simple, too, and kids absolutely love them. To make a batch of watermelon stars (as a garnish or as a festive snack), cut a watermelon into thin round slices, about an inch thick. Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut as many stars out of each watermelon slice as you can. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Finally, cut a small slit in each star and garnish your skinny watermelon margarita glasses. Be sure to have straws handy, too, so guests can avoid having watermelon pieces falling on their faces (or worse– white clothing). Easy peasy!
Other Refreshing Summer Cocktails Worth Trying
If skinny watermelon margaritas aren’t your thing– or if you’re looking for more summer cocktails to try, here are a few of my favorite recipes:
- Mango Jalapeno Margaritas
- Sparkling Citrus Punch with Lemonade Ice Cubes
- Skinny Peach Mojitos
- Boozy Coconut Lime Popsicles
As always, please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any trouble with this recipe or any of my others! I love hearing from you guys, and I’m happy to help!
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Photography by Catherine Rhodes