Watermelon Pitcher Margaritas

Buy tequila that has been aged for two months and is marked "100% de agave.” Tequilas that aren’t labeled with this are usually cut with fermented cane juice, resulting in a lower quality tequila. (Check out our Tequila Guide for more info.)


  • Swap out tequila for mezcal, tequila’s smokier, wilder cousin.
  • For a frosty, thicker treat, freeze the watermelon before throwing it in the blender and skip the strainer.
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 5 to 6 cocktails


  • 1 1/2 cups tequila blanco (also called plato or silver tequila)
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur, such as Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 4 cups chopped seedless watermelon
  • Simple syrup or agave nectar, if needed to sweeten
  • Kosher or other high quality salt, for garnish
  • Lime wedges, for garnish


1 Blend the ingredients: Place tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and seedless watermelon in a blender and give ’em a good whirl. (You may have to do it in two batches depending on the size of your blender.)

Note: If you happen have a juicer, simply juice the watermelon and stir it with the other ingredients in a pitcher.

2 Strain out the watermelon solids: Pour the ingredients through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher, pressing the solids to get as much liquid out as you can.

Watermelon margarita for a crowd strain the puree

3 Prep the glasses: Assuming you imbibe with flair, take a small plate or bowl and fill it with the salt. Next, rub the rim of a cocktail or coupe glass (or a canning jar) with a wedge of a wedge of lime. Dip the glass into the salt and give it a small turn or two.

Watermelon margarita recipe prep the glasses

4 Serve and garnish: Pour the cocktail into the prepared glasses and garnish with a lime wedge.

Watermelon margarita recipe