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Watermelon Basil Margarita

This Watermelon Basil Margarita is the perfect cocktail to enjoy this summer! It super refreshing and comes together in just a few minutes. I like to use a jalapeno tequila for a subtle kick of spice and added flavor.

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two watermelon basil margaritas in glass cups that are garnished with a lime wedge and watermelon slice.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Watermelon Basil Margarita comes together in just a few minutes with just a few ingredients!
  • It’s refreshing, sweet and full of flavor.
  • You can use plain tequila or jalapeno tequila like I did for added flavor and a touch of heat.
  • This recipe using fresh ingredients like watermelon slices and fresh basil.
  • Simple muddle all ingredients together and serve over ice.
  • If you loved this recipe, be sure to check out my spicy cucumber margarita too!

Ingredients And Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Watermelon Basil Margarita. Scroll down to the recipe card for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

Use fresh watermelon slices for best results. Alternatively you can use watermelon juice from the store, or make your own by blending watermelon and straining the pulp.

Don’t use dried basil, this recipe needs to have fresh basil. Alternatively, you can also use mint.

Agave adds a touch of sweetness, you can omit this or swap it out for honey or maple syrup.

I used a jalapeno infused tequila which added to perfect touch of heat. You can use regular tequila instead.

Use fresh lime juice for best results.

Rim your glass with tajin or salt.

all the ingredients that you need to make this cocktail in individual containers

How To Make

ONE: In a shaker, add in fresh watermelon slices and fresh basil. Use a muddler to combine all ingredients until there are little to no chunks of the watermelon. Next, add in the tequila, agave, lime juice and a handful of ice. Add the lid back on and shake for 30 seconds.

THREE: Add mixture into a fresh glass that is lined with tajin and filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge and watermelon slice and enjoy.

Tips And Tricks

If you don’t have a cocktail shaker or muddler, then it’s best to blend the watermelon juice separately and remove any pulp or seeds.

Use fresh ingredients for best results.

If you want it to be spicy, use jalapeno infused tequila and add in fresh jalapeno slices.

Use a chilled glass to keep your margarita cool for longer.

If you want your margarita even sweeter, add in more agave.

How To Serve And Store

Serve this Watermelon Basil Margarita in a chilled glass that is rimmed with tajin.

You can make watermelon juice ahead of time and prepare cocktail quickly and efficiently. Make watermelon juice in a blender, strain to remove and pulp or seeds and store it in an airtight container.

an overhead shot of the margaritas

Taste

This Watermelon Basil Margarita is filled with fresh ingredients. It tastes very refreshing from the watermelon, has a slight herby taste from the basil and a subtle kick from the infused tequila.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use vodka instead of tequila?

Yes, you can! but this will have a different taste.

Which jalapeno infused tequila did you use?

I like the one from Tanteo or 21 Seeds.

Can I use mint instead of basil?

Absolutely!

Other Recipes You May Like

If you make this Watermelon Basil Margarita, I would really appreciate a comment and rating down below, under the recipe card. Don’t forget to take a picture and tag me over on InstagramTiktok or Pinterest!

Watermelon Basil Margarita

This Watermelon Basil Margarita is the perfect cocktail to enjoy this summer! It super refreshing and comes together in just a few minutes. I like to use a jalapeno tequila for a subtle kick of spice and added flavor.
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PREP TIME:
2 minutes
COOK TIME:
3 minutes
TOTAL TIME:
5 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

  • 4 medium watermelon cubes, about 1/2 cup
  • 4 basil leaves, ripped into pieces
  • 1 tsp agave
  • 1.5 oz jalapeno infused tequila
  • juice from 1/2 lime

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

1 margarita

Directions

  1. In a shaker, add in fresh watermelon slices and fresh basil.
  2. Use a muddler to combine all ingredients until there are little to no chunks of the watermelon.
  3. Next, add in the tequila, agave, lime juice and a handful of ice.
  4. Add the lid back on and shake for 30 seconds.
  5. Add mixture into a fresh glass that is lined with tajin and filled with ice.
  6. Garnish with a lime wedge and watermelon slice and enjoy.

Notes

  • If you don't have a cocktail shaker or muddler, then it's best to blend the watermelon juice separately and remove any pulp or seeds.
  • Use fresh ingredients for best results.
  • If you want it to be spicy, use jalapeno infused tequila and add in fresh jalapeno slices.
  • Use a chilled glass to keep your margarita cool for longer.
  • If you want your margarita even sweeter, add in more agave.

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