Watermelon Jalapeño Margaritas – Refreshing Cocktail Recipe


  • Watermelon: 4-5 cups cubed, seedless watermelon
  • Tequila: 1 cup silver tequila (good quality makes a difference)
  • Lime Juice: 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (approximately 4-5 limes)
  • Jalapeño Simple Syrup: (See below)
  • Orange Liqueur (Optional): 1/4 cup (like Cointreau or Triple Sec) for extra citrusy sweetness
  • Ice
  • Garnishes: Jalapeño slices, lime wedges, watermelon wedges, coarse salt (optional)

Jalapeño Simple Syrup:

  • Water: 1/2 cup
  • Sugar: 1/2 cup
  • Jalapeño: 1 medium, sliced (adjust amount for desired heat level)


Make the Jalapeño Simple Syrup:

  • In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar, and jalapeño slices.
  • Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. If you want extra spice, let it infuse longer.
  • Remove from heat and let cool completely. Strain out the jalapeño slices.

Prepare the Watermelon Juice:

  • In a blender, puree the watermelon until completely smooth.
  • Strain the watermelon juice through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher, pressing with the back of a spoon to extract as much juice as possible.

Assemble the Margaritas:

  • In a large pitcher, combine the watermelon juice, tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur (if using), and 2-3 tablespoons of the jalapeño simple syrup (adjust to taste – it will get a bit spicier as it sits).
  • Stir very well to combine.

Salt the Rims (Optional):

  • Run a lime wedge around the rim of your glasses.
  • Dip the rims in coarse salt.


  • Fill your glasses with ice.
  • Pour the margarita mixture over the ice.
  • Garnish with jalapeño slices, lime wedges, or watermelon wedges.


  • Spice Level: Adjust the amount of jalapeño and simple syrup for your preferred spice level.
  • Large Batch: Easily double or triple the recipe for a party!
  • Make-Ahead: Prep the watermelon juice and simple syrup in advance and store in the refrigerator. Assemble right before serving.

Enjoy your refreshing and flavorful Watermelon Jalapeño Margaritas!


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