Bradford Watermelon Margarita


For Freezing:

1/2 medium Bradford seeded watermelon, chopped into 1″ cubes
1/2 cup tequila
1/4 cup orange liqueur (Triple Sec, Grand Marnier, etc.)

For Blending:

2 shots tequila
1 shot orange liqueur
juice of 1 lime
1 tsp agave

For Serving:

coarse salt
extra lime wedges


Place chopped watermelon in a large, freezer-safe container. Poor tequila and orange liqueur evenly over chopped watermelon. Cover and freeze for 12 hours or overnight.

Transfer frozen watermelon and any liquid remains from your alcohol to a high-quality blender. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. If mixture is still too thick, slowly add a little more alcohol until you’ve reached your desired consistency.

Run a lime wedge around the rim of each glass. Place salt on a small, flat plat and press the top of each glass into the salt. Fill each glass with frozen margaritas and serve immediately.


You may freeze your watermelon up to 3 days if you wish to prepare ahead of time.

If all of the frozen watermelon does not fit into your blender, start with 1 shot of tequila and 1/2 short of orange liqueur and slowly add from there. All blenders and watermelons are different, so start slowly with the alcohol and add as you go.

Photo and recipe courtesy of Heather Grilliot