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This cucumber watermelon margarita is an easy and refreshing margarita recipe to make this summer! Enjoy watermelon season and make a batch of these margaritas to sip by the pool.
Classic margaritas are always a great choice, but in summer when fresh fruits (especially watermelon) are in season, flavored margaritas are even better.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Refreshing — Watermelon always makes extra refreshing, thirst-quenching drinks, and this cocktail is no exception!
- Easy to make — If you have a whole watermelon, you can make a large batch of these margaritas in just a few minutes, making it the perfect drink for a barbecue.
- Perfect for watermelon season — It’s hard to find inexpensive, quality watermelons out of season, so take advantage of summer season when watermelons are easy to find and make this delicious drink.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Watermelon: Use a fresh ripe watermelon. If you are just making a couple drinks, you won’t need an entire watermelon. Remove any seeds from the watermelon chunks before blending them.
- Cucumber: Use any type of cucumber you want. You don’t need to remove the skin before blending the cucumbers. Any chunks will be strained out after.
- Tequila: For margaritas, blanco tequila that is 100% agave works best. Use a midshelf brand of tequila, and save high-end tequila for classic margaritas or for drinking on the rocks.
- Cointreau: Typically margaritas have a dash of Cointreau or orange liqueur. You can substitute this with other orange liqueurs such as Triple Sec or Grand Marnier.
- Lime Juice: Use fresh lime juice for this recipe. It tastes much better than bottled lime juice, and although it is slightly more work, it is worth it.
- Agave Syrup: Agave syrup adds a bit of sweetness to these margaritas. As a substitute, you can replace this with regular simple syrup.
- Salt: A salted rim is optional. If you want a sweet rim, you can use sugar instead of salt. For a salted rim, you can use regular salt, or if you want to make your drink taste just a bit better, opt for margarita salt that adds in a bit of lemon/lime flavor.
How To Make A Cucumber Watermelon Margarita
Step 1: Run a wedge of lime around the rim of your margarita glass and press it into the salt until it sticks.
Step 2: Blend the watermelon and cucumber chunks together until smooth.
Step 3: Pass the mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove any pulp.
Step 4: Add the cucumber watermelon juice, tequila, lime juice, Cointreau and agave syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain.
- Add garnish. If you are serving these margaritas to guests, add some garnish to make them more presentable. Some ideas include a sprig of fresh mint, mini watermelon slices on the side of the glass, or cucumber slices inside of the glass.
- Make it spicy. If you want to make a spicy cucumber watermelon margarita, replace the agave syrup with jalapeno simple syrup for a bit of a kick. You can also use tajin seasoning for the rim rather than salt.
- Make a large batch. This is a great drink to make for a crowd. If you are serving a bunch of guests, mix all the ingredients together in a large pitcher (without ice) and chill in the fridge for up to 30 minutes until ready to serve.
- Make it a mocktail. This drink makes an excellent mocktail. Just leave out the tequila and triple sec. Optionally, add a bit of club soda for some fizz.
Yes! This makes a delicious frozen margarita. For a frozen drink, blend the ingredients together with a handful of ice rather than shaking them in a cocktail shaker.
These margaritas are best served fresh. If you do make them in advance, mix the ingredients together in a pitcher and store them in the fridge until ready to serve. Don’t store them with ice, otherwise the drink will become watered down.