How to Make a Watermelon Tequila Cocktail this Summer

In this post, you will get the recipe for a refreshing watermelon tequila cocktail. Plus, tips for easily making watermelon juice you can enjoy alone or in a drink.

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Watermelon is the quintessential summer fruit. It’s abundant, sweet, and crowd-pleasing. There are so many ways to enjoy this fruit in addition to just biting into a big slice.


Watermelon is mostly water, which is ideal in summer when it’s hot and we need to cool down quickly and stay hydrated. Slices of this melon are a perfect snack or side dish for any meal.

You can also make watermelon puree or juice and drink it straight or serve it in a cocktail like this one.

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How to make watermelon puree

There are 2 ways to make watermelon puree. Both are fairly easy, the most time-consuming part is cutting up the melon itself. For this recipe, I’m showing you how to use a blender to puree watermelon.

You can also use a muddler or the back of a spoon to achieve the same effect. In this vodka watermelon cocktail, I used the muddler method with great results.

Pureeing watermelon with a blender is a breeze. The first step is a good blender. Invest in one with multiple blades that can chop, puree and blend just about anything. This Nutri Ninja is my favorite, it will puree watermelon as easily as it chops ice for a slushie. This blender will last a long time and your drinks will be smooth every single time.

Try this non-alcoholic frozen watermelon drink, it’s a tasty summer treat.

This particular blender comes with multiple cups in addition to the large pitcher. I like using these cups for single-serve drinks and smoothies. The small blade attachment for the cups is just as powerful as the large blade and the small size means every part of your smoothie or cocktail is pureed and perfect.

ninja blender for watermelon puree

Once the watermelon is blended into a nice puree, you will need to strain out the juice. You can absolutely drink this with the pulp, in fact, it’s delicious and healthy and full of fiber. For this cocktail, we’re just using the juice to create a smooth finish.

Place a fine fine mesh strainer over a measuring cup and strain out the juice. You’ll need about a cup of juice for this recipe. Use a spoon to push down the pulp in the strainer and help remove all of the liquid. Discard the pulp when it’s fully drained.

This juice can be strained and stored in the fridge for a few days to enjoy on its own or in other drinks.

strain watermelon juice

What to mix with watermelon juice

Watermelon is deliciously sweet! Anything mixed with this juice should complement that flavor and not overpower it. Clear low flavor alcohol like vodka is great for bringing out the full flavor of this summer melon.

Vodka watermelon cocktail cooler
Easy Refreshing Vodka Watermelon Cocktail

Citrus is the perfect compliment to watermelon, a little lime juice balances out the sweet with a bit of sour. Try orange juice for a sweet citrus pairing.


For this recipe, I’m using silver tequila which has a nice flavor and pairs beautifully with watermelon and lime. There are many types of tequila and some have more robust flavors that would clash with such a sweet juice.

Silver tequila is a wonderful mixer for all kinds of drinks. A class is the tequila sunrise, another drink mixed with sweet and citrus to create a delicious cocktail.

Discover more cocktail recipes like this watermelon margarita.

How to make a watermelon tequila cocktail

Fresh mint enhances the sweetness of the watermelon even more. Add a few leaves of mint to a glass then pour in the lime juice. Use a muddler to break up the leaves just a little, this releases the flavor. Then add tequila and top with ice.

muddling mint

Fill the rest of the glass with the fresh watermelon juice you just made and top with a sprig of mint. You can also garnish with a lime slice or a watermelon wedge. Whatever you want to add to create a fun presentation.

watermelon tequila cocktail recipe

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watermelon tequila cocktail recipe

Watermelon Tequila Cocktail

Yield: 1
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

A refreshing summer cocktail made with fresh watermelon juice


  • 2 cups watermelon, cubed
  • 1.5 oz silver teuila
  • .75 oz lime juice
  • Mint leaves


Make watermelon juice

  • Add cubed watermelon to a blender and puree
  • Strain puree through a mesh strainer into a glass measuring cup

Watermelon Tequila Cocktail

  • Add mint leaves to a glass with lime juice
  • Muddle gently to release the mint flavor
  • Add tequila
  • Fill glass with ice
  • Add watermelon juice and stir to combine
  • Garnish with mint leaves


Straining the watermelon puree and using only the juice will create a smooth drink. You can use the full puree to retain all the fiber of the melon, the consistency of the drink will be a little thicker.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 2gSugar: 19gProtein: 2g

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