This watermelon jalapeño margarita recipe isn’t your every day frozen concoction!
If you’re looking for something different in the frozen margarita department, try our Watermelon Jalapeño recipe!
Frozen Margarita Recipe
We are coming up on a 3 day weekend – Labor Day weekend to be exact!
AND, in my family, we have several birthdays to celebrate!
So, we will be having some family gatherings – and with family gatherings there is great food and drink.
I’ve been thinking about what I can contribute to the festivities, and I thought how much I’d love to include something seasonal!
The hot summer days are coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean that fresh fruit and veggies can’t still be on the menu!
Maryland’s Department of Agriculture has a site with a great chart that details which months each fruit and vegetable are in season!
I always thought that watermelon was strictly a summer fruit but, to my surprise, watermelon is in season from July to October! I love it!
So, I happened upon a frozen Margarita recipe on a cool site called Spicy Southern Kitchen – Watermelon Jalapeño Margaritas!
BUT, I made these spicy margs “my own” by making them a frozen spicy watermelon margarita recipe.
Frozen Margarita Recipe From Scratch
Cocktails with fresh herbs (think Mojito) and other funky things in them are so en vogue!
So, I just HAD to try this!
Plus, it doesn’t involve a pre-made frozen margarita mix.
I honestly prefer homemade over a pre-made mix any day of the week!
- Fresh Jalapeños
- Silver Tequila – also called White or Blanco Tequila
- Fresh Watermelon
- Lime Juice
- Triple Sec
- Simple Syrup
- Margarita Salt (Sea Salt or Kosher Salt)
- Chili Powder
Steps for Making This Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita Recipe
Step 1: Create Your Own Spicy Tequila
A spicy tequila is simply a jalapeno-infused tequila.
To make your own spicy tequila, combine about 4 slices of jalapeño (with seeds will make it spicier) with your white tequila in a glass measuring cup.
Then, place it in the refrigerator for 1 to 4 hours depending on how spicy your jalapeños are and how spicy you want the tequila to be.
Taste-test it after 1 hour and decide whether it is spicy enough.
If so, remove jalapeños.
If it’s not spicy enough, leave the jalapeño slices in for a longer period of time OR add more jalapeño slices.
Step 2: Blend Fresh Watermelon
To make your own watermelon juice, add fresh watermelon cubes (you may need to do it in batches) to a blender and blend until liquefied.
Then, pour watermelon through a fine mesh strainer, pressing on it with the back of a spoon to get all the liquid through.
Measure out 3 cups of pureed watermelon juice.
Step 3: Blend Watermelon Juice, Tequila, Lime Juice, Triple Sec & Simple Syrup
Now, combine the 3 cups of fresh watermelon juice, tequila, lime juice, Triple Sec, and simple syrup and ice to your blender and blend well.
Because this is a frozen drink, a blender is your better option vs. a cocktail shaker since you’ll want your ice to be crushed up in the drink.
Step 4: Prepare Your Glasses with Salt & Chili Powder and Serve
Place salt with a little chili powder mixed in on a small plate.
Then, coat the rims of 4 glasses with lime juice and dip in salt mixture.
Finally, pour your blended cocktail into your rimmed glasses.
Garnish each glass with a small slice of watermelon (I used a cookie cutter to make fun shapes), a lime wedge and a jalapeño slice if desired.
Great Summer Signature Cocktail
My verdict? These spicy watermelon margaritas are definitely a refreshing change from the run-of-the-mill cocktail! Wow!
There is no need to guess the ingredients in this spicy margarita – each one of the ingredients jumps out at you with every sip!
And the chili salt rim adds that initial little kick to this delicious cocktail.
This would be the perfect signature drink for your next gathering on a warm summer day.
I absolutely LOVE trying new things! So this fun cocktail did not disappoint.
As you can see in the photos, I used a large mason jar to serve my margaritas in.
However, you can also use a cocktail glass or of course margarita glasses.
What seasonal fruits and veggies do you like to take advantage of this time of year?
Whatever you do, though, please drink responsibly, and have a fun, long weekend!
Watermelon Jalapeno Frozen Margarita Recipe
Watermelon Jalapeño Frozen Margarita!
- 1 Jalapeño, thinly sliced
- ¾ cup White Tequila, I used Cabo Wabo
- 8-10 cups Watermelon cubes
- ½ cup Fresh Lime Juice
- ⅓ cup Triple Sec
- ¼ cup Simple Syrup, see instructions below
- Salt, Chili Powder, and Lime Juice for salting rims of glasses
- Place tequila and about 4 slices of jalapeño in a glass measuring cup and place in the refrigerator for 1 to 4 hours depending on how spicy your jalapeños are and how spicy you want the tequila to be. Take a taste after 1 hour and decide whether it is spicy enough. If so, remove jalapeños.
- Place watermelon (you may need to do it in batches) in a blender and blend until liquefied.
- Pour watermelon through a fine-meshed strainer, pressing on it with the back of a spoon to get all the liquid through. Measure out 3 cups of watermelon juice.
- In the empty blender, combine the 3 cups watermelon juice, tequila, lime juice, Triple Sec, and simple syrup. Add ice to achieve desired texture of your frozen drink. Blend well.
- Place salt with a little chili powder mixed in on a plate. Coat rims of 4 glasses with lime juice and dip in salt mixture.
- Pour blended cocktail into glasses. Garnish with lime slices and jalapeño slices if desired.
- **To make the simple syrup** Combine equal parts sugar in water in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring frequently until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool. Can be stored in refrigerator for future use.
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