Frozen Watermelon Margarita
Don't let watermelon season pass you by! Treat yourself to this refreshingly tasty Frozen Watermelon Margarita.
- 2 cups frozen watermelon cubes , from 1/2 a large watermelon
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 4 ounces (1/2 cup) tequila , silver
- 2 ounces (1/4 cup) orange liqueur
- 2 ounces (1/4 cup) lime juice , fresh squeezed
- 1-2 tablespoons agave nectar
- Salt , sugar or chili powder for lined rim
- Fresh mint leaves
- Lime wedge
- Fresh watermelon wedge
To make frozen watermelon cubes, cut a large watermelon in half and remove the rind. You can use half the watermelon for a few drinks, or the whole watermelon for more (save some fresh pieces for a garnish). Now cut into 1-inch pieces. *See note
Place watermelon pieces on a non-stick baking tray (make sure it fits in your freezer). I lined it with wax paper for easy cleanup. Place pieces about 1" apart so they don't stick together. Freeze for 3-4 hours. When you are ready to make the cocktails, place drinking glasses in the freezer to chill. Place your watermelon, ice, tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and agave into a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. If your blender is stuck, you can move everything around a bit with a tamper or spoon (while turned off). You can also add a few splashes of water to help keep things moving. You can even use a few pieces of fresh watermelon.
Taste the mixture and add more lime, agave or tequila if needed. If the mixture is too thin, add a few more pieces of frozen watermelon or ice and blend.
Spread a bit of salt or sugar on a small plate. You can also mix equal parts chili powder & salt together to add a little kick. Rub each chilled glass with a lime wedge. Dip the rim into the salt at a 45-degree angle and turn gently, until glass is coated (this avoids too much salt going into the glass).
Pour the frozen mixture into each glass, being careful not to disturb the prepared rim. Fill about 3/4 of the way. Garnish with a piece of fresh watermelon, lime wedge and a sprig of mint. You can also place a piece of frozen watermelon on top for fun. CHEERS!
* Instead of making cubes you can use a melon baller or a measuring spoon to make watermelon balls (this is what I did). With this method, you don't need to remove the rind. Just cut the watermelon in half and scoop pieces out.
* If you're not making the drinks right away, place the frozen cubes in a Ziploc bag to keep them fresh.
* The nutritional information is calculated without the salted/sugared rim.
* If you'd like to make mocktails, just omit the tequila and orange liqueur. Replace with coconut water.
Serving: 1drink | Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 205mg | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 865IU | Vitamin C: 21.4mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.4mg