Simple Sundays | Watermelon Lime Margaritas

I guided the car up the hair pin turns, each curve of the road treating us to sweeping views of the valley below. It’s a drive that you make with care, and you can’t get too distracted by the gorgeous views, thanks to bold cyclists…

Simple Sundays | Watermelon Lime Margaritas

Watermelon Lime Margaritas | | Cool off with a margarita made with fresh watermelon!

I guided the car up the hair pin turns, each curve of the road treating us to sweeping views of the valley below. It’s a drive that you make with care, and you can’t get too distracted by the gorgeous views, thanks to bold cyclists and the lack of a guardrail separating you from the drops below. There was a time we used to drive up this local mountain a lot – we knew those twists and turns intimately – and we would camp there with the kids when they were tiny. But now that years have passed since the last time we drove to the summit, I found myself both tentative and in awe, all over again.

One of the wonderful things about having my mother in law over for a visit is getting to play tourist in my own town. When your days are filled with shuttling around to all the familiar places, it’s a treat to explore with fresh eyes. This week, we wandered through shops in our adorable downtown, sipped on smoothies as we strolled, and took in the views from above the low lying clouds on Mt Diablo to our sleepy valley below, the still-green hills reaching as far as our eyes could see.

Watermelon Lime Margaritas |

Watermelon Lime Margaritas |

All this time outside has made me eager for summer. We’re about half way through our landscaping project here at the new house, and I can’t wait until we can dust off the grill and eat our meals outdoors again. Summer is tempting me, and I decided to take the matter into my own hands by making these Watermelon Lime Margaritas.

Watermelon Lime Margaritas |

Fresh watermelons don’t last long at our house – my son can singlehandedly devour one all by himself – so I bought two the other day. The slices of sweet watermelon disappeared quickly, but I set some aside and gave it a whirl in the blender with some fresh lime juice to make these margaritas. Sipping on them brought summer just a little bit closer. It will be here before we know it. I can just taste it.

Watermelon Lime Margaritas |

Watermelon Lime Margaritas

Makes 2 cocktails. | Prep: 5 minutes

Cool off with this refreshing margarita full of fresh watermelon, tangy lime and of course, tequila.


1/4 cup kosher salt

2 limes

2 cups diced watermelon

3 tablespoons agave nectar (to taste)

4 ounces tequila

1 ounce Cointreau

1 cup ice cubes

watermelon slices, for serving

lime slices, for serving


Place kosher salt in a saucer. Prepare a glass by slicing one lime in half and rubbing the cut edge over the rim of the glass. Lightly dip it into the salt.

Juice the limes and pour the juice into a blender. Cut the rind of the juiced limes into smaller pieces and put it into a cocktail shaker. Pour the agave nectar into the shaker and use a muddler to squeeze the limes for a minute. Pour the juice through the shaker strainer into the blender. Discards the solids.

Add the watermelon to the blender and blend until smooth. Strain the juice into the shaker.

Pour tequila and ice cubes into shaker, cover and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Pour through the strainer into prepared glass. Serve immediately, garnished with a watermelon and lime slice.


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  1. Mary+R.

    Sooo good. We used your recipe for our Cinco de Mayo party last week. Huge hit. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Raquel

    Yum, watermelon and lime is always a good combination and I love an excuse to make a good margarita (hello Cinco de Mayo)! 

  3. Liz

    So gorgeous and refreshing! I’d love to make a big batch for our annual 4th of July party!

  4. Kankana

    We are going crazy over watermelons and mangoes. And some watermelons are so ginormous is size, that it freaks me out. My lil one loves it too, will even bite with his four baby tooth :) 
    This reminded me of this spicy watermelon drink I used to make long back and then add vodka to it ;) Time to repeat i guess! 

  5. Veronica

    I can’t wait to sip this watermelon lime Margaritas. Easy yet tasty drink. Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Liz+@+Floating+Kitchen

    The color of these is just to die for. Love! And I agree – you have to be a tourist in your own town. But it’s hard. Always great when friends and family visit because you get to play along! :-)

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