Spicy Watermelon and Jalapeno Margarita

A spicy take on the classic margarita, this refreshing cocktail is made with watermelon juice, lime juice, jalapeno, and tequila.

Spicy Watermelon Jalapeno Margarita

I’m not usually much of a cocktail girl. More often than not, if I’m going to have a drink, it’ll usually be beer. But this summer, I’ve been really enjoying cocktails. I think I used to steer clear because of past experiences with bad bars making sub par cocktails with gross syrupy mixes. But, if they’re made right, cocktails can be delicious! And when I say made right, I mean with good quality, fresh ingredients – like this Spicy Watermelon Jalapeno Margarita.

Spicy Watermelon Jalapeno Margarita

This is not the first time I have made my margarita on the spicy side – I do it with my lime margaritas sometimes too. I love how the fiery jalapeno compliments the smoky tequila. Just be careful you don’t go overboard and use too much jalapeno, or muddle it too aggressively, or let it soak for too long. Otherwise you’ll end up with a burning hot margarita that will be unpleasant to say the least.

Spicy Watermelon Jalapeno Margarita

This drink is ideal to make when you have leftover watermelon that is unlikely to get eaten before it goes bad. Not going to happen – ever? That’s okay, because it also works when you get a non-so-great watermelon. You know the ones – maybe they taste okay, but they have a mealy or kind of rubbery texture. They will blend up into juice super fast, and that gross texture will no longer be an issue. Just strain the solids out, and you’ve got a great, nutritious and hydrating, no-sugar-added juice that you and your family can drink – or make cocktails – to your hearts desire.

Spicy Watermelon Jalapeno Margarita
Spicy Watermelon and Jalapeno Margarita
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

A spicy take on the classic margarita, this refreshing cocktail is made with watermelon juice, lime juice, jalapeno, and tequila.

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 drink
  • 1/4 jalapeno (3-5 slices, depending on your taste and how hot the pepper is)
  • 1.5 ounces tequila
  • 1 Tablespoon superfine sugar (see note)
  • 1/2 cup watermelon juice (see note)
  • 2 Tablespoon lime juice (from 1 lime)
  • ice (crushed or cubes)
  • salt, for rimming the glass
  1. Lightly muddle the jalapeno slices with the tequila in a sturdy glass or measuring cup. Note that the longer/more firmly you muddle it, and the longer you let the jalapeno sit in the tequila, the more spicy your drink will be. Stir in the superfine sugar until dissolved.

  2. Lightly wet the rim of a short glass with lime juice. Dip the wet rim into a layer of kosher salt on a plate (Optional - If you decide not to rim your glass with salt, add a pinch of salt to the tequila mixture). Fill the glass halfway with crushed or cubed ice.

  3. Pour the tequila mixture, triple sec, watermelon juice and lime juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into your prepared glass. Garnish with a slice of jalapeno, lime or small wedge of watermelon.

Recipe Notes

Make watermelon juice by blending cubed fresh watermelon and straining out the solids. I like to use watermelons that are starting to get soft, or have a mealy texture to make juice.

To make superfine sugar: pulse granulated sugar in a food processor or spice grinder until it forms a powder. Keep excess in an airtight container. Granulated sugar can be used instead, but it takes much longer to dissolve.

Watermelon Jalapeno Margarita Nutrition Info

Watermelon Jalapeno Margarita Nutrition Notes:

Like most cocktails, the watermelon jalapeno margarita contains added sugar. If you need to cut down or avoid added sugars, use a safe non-nutritive sweetened like stevia instead.

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  • Reply
    July 20, 2017 at 11:33 PM

    Hellooooo, weekend. This looks absolutely AMAZING! The perfect balance of heat and sweet!

    • Reply
      July 24, 2017 at 7:38 AM

      Yes, it’s pretty much the perfect summer cocktail 🙂

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