The Frozen Watermelon Cocktail That’ll Take You from Summer to Fall


In a tizzy and need to make drinks for an evening with friends? This frozen watermelon cocktail is seriously so flavorful and can be made in just minutes!
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Watermelon is one of the tastiest, most refreshing treats of summer. After all, the word water is even in its name! In my opinion, long, summer nights are best spent with good friends and sweet treats, so I’ve mixed up a frozen watermelon drink that can be enjoyed throughout the season, and even into fall!

This beverage uses tequila, but could easily be made and enjoyed without alcohol. In an effort to play off the flavors found in a traditional margarita, I’ve added a little orange zest into the mix. The result is a sweet, but not sugary, warm-weather beverage that will have you wanting seconds!

Frozen Watermelon Cocktail

Serves: 1 person


  • 2 cups frozen watermelon cubes
  • 2 oz. silver tequila (optional)
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • zest from 1/4 orange
  • salt (optional)

Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size: 12 oz (serving is shown in a 14 oz glass)


1. Plan ahead:


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This frozen watermelon recipe requires a little more forethought than some, so it’s most practical for when you know you’ll be entertaining in advance. The night before, or at least 8 hours in advance, cut up the fresh watermelon into approximately 1 inch cubes. Store these on a baking sheet or cutting board that you don’t mind putting in the freezer. Once frozen, remove the watermelon from the board, measure out two cups of frozen watermelon and toss them in a blender.

2. Salt rims:


If you want to make this drink with a salted rim (which I highly recommend) quarter a lime and distribute lime juice around the top of the glass. Then, turn the glass upside down and lower it onto a plate of salt. Rotate the glass in the pile of salt until the rim is fully covered. Make sure you remember to do this before you make the drink!

3. Zest:


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Zest about a quarter of an orange over the blender. Zesting is one kitchen trick that sounds much fancier than it actually is—if you have a zester, just remember to zest the very top layer of the orange peel. If you zest too deep into the white part of the rind, it can be tarter than you’ll want.

Don’t have a zester? Since the orange flavor in this recipe is pretty subtle, you can just skip this step.

4. Lime Juice:


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One step that you shouldn’t skip is the lime juice! Just 1 oz. of lime juice mixed with the watermelon adds a really fresh, fun summer flavor.

Add 1 oz. of lime juice and 2 oz. of tequila (optional) into the blender and you’re ready to start mixing! Mix for about a minute on high speed or until completely blended, and you’re ready to serve.

Garnish with a slice of lime and enjoy!