“Inside a Watermelon” Margaritas – Fresh & Perfect For A Crowd

Watermelon Margaritas Recipe made inside the watermelon and blended | @whiteonrice

Our love for fresh watermelon this time of year grows as the watermelons become more sweet as they ripen on the vine. We went as far as to share our tip on spanking a watermelon to find the ripest and juiciest one. This technique has definitely helped us during our raging watermelon cravings while enduring this humid Southern California summer. But nothing is as fun and funny as this “inside a watermelon” juicing technique that we saw on buzzfeed and our friend Deb’s post on Facebook

Here’s a quickie video of our margarita version: 

This recipe for making watermelon margaritas is perfectly legit. Don’t let the electric mixer blades fool you. Guys are even using drills and coat hangers!

Watermelon Margaritas made inside a watermelon and blended together | @whiteonrice

Fresh watermelon, good tequila, homemade simple syrup, orange bitters and fresh lime juice is all you need. Why this technique is so fabulous because it’s actually really fun and it’s perfect for fueling a thirsty crowd. And best of all, it’s a conversation piece, a crowd pleaser and will bring a load full of belly laughs when everyone finds out how you made it. Food should always be fun with friends, especially when there’s margaritas involved.

Watermelon Margaritas made inside a watermelon and blended together | @whiteonrice

 You can also pour into a pitcher & serve from there
Watermelon Margaritas made inside a watermelon and blended together | @whiteonrice

 perfect to serve for a crowd 

Watermelon Margaritas made inside a watermelon and blended together | @whiteonrice

 refreshing for those hot Summer days 

Watermelon Margaritas made inside a watermelon and blended together | @whiteonrice

Have fun!

-diane and todd

Inside-a-Watermelon Margaritas

Yield: about 10 cups

Total Time: 15 Minutes

Chilling the watermelon the night before will give you a quick chill on the margaritas. The ingredients are to taste, so add as much as you like based on your personal taste preference. And, of course, adjust as needed for different sized watermelons. A watermelon about 10-12 pound will be a good size that will allow the beater blades from the hand mixer to reach all the way through and around the inside of the watermelon. If your watermelon is any larger, you might need to use an immersion blender with a longer reach or use the drill and coat hanger method. Watch the video on our blog write up to see how we made these.

If you want to use triple sec then don't use the orange bitters & simple syrup combination. Add your triple sec to taste.

Ingredients:

  • 1 seedless, ripe watermelon (about 10-12 pounds (4.5-5.5 kg). Anything larger, the beater blades won't reach inside to blend)
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) Tequila (or to taste)
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) fresh lime juice (or to taste)
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) simple syrup (see Notes at end of recipe)
  • about 1/2 teaspoon orange bitters (or to taste).
  • sea salt for rimming glasses (optional)
  • lime slices for garnish (optional)
  • ice
  • one 6-8 ounce paper or plastic cup

Directions:

  1. Carefully cut a hole in the watermelon large enough to fit your beater blade. Push the blade into the watermelon hole and slowly blend the watermelon interior into juice. Make sure to scrape all the way to the sides and bottom of the watermelon to maximize juice.
  2. Ladle out about 1 cup of watermelon juice to make room for the rest of the liquid ingredients. You can reserve the 1 cup of removed juice and make a separate margarita later.
  3. Add tequila, lime juice, simple syrup and orange bitters. Insert the beater blades back into the watermelon to mix the margarita and combine all the ingredients.
  4. Cut out the bottom of a paper/plastic cup.  Cut out a section of the cup so it fits into the watermelon hole to use as a spout to pour. If necessary, round out the hole in the watermelon so the cup fits smoothly against the edges and insert the cup into the watermelon hole.
  5. Rub some lime juice on rim of glasses and roll rim in sea salt (optional). Add ice to glasses and top with watermelon margarita and lime garnish. Enjoy!

Simple Syrup Recipe

Basically equal parts water and sugar dissolved together. We'll usually make a bigger batch and use as needed.

  • 2 cups (480ml) Water
  • 2 cups (400g) Sugar
  1. Combine water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat until sugar is completely dissolved. Set aside to cool. After cool, store in refrigerator until ready to use.
Recipe Source: WhiteOnRiceCouple.com.

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Recipe Note for Salt: All recipes containing salt are based on kosher or sea salt amounts, not table salt. If using table salt, reduce the amount used to taste.


 

 

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Stormie revalee

    Are you able to prepare it over night and leave it mixed and chill for the next day?

    1. Todd & Diane

      We haven’t tried that yet, but based on past experience with other similar cocktails, that should work fine. Have fun!

  2. edenpassante

    What a great idea to serve it out of the watermelon! I’ll have to try this next summer for sure!

  3. Dina

    Do you think a really high quality margarita mix would work in lieu of the simple syrup, lime juice & orange bitters? I’m going to be very short on time & energy, and wouldn’t use orange bitters again any time soon so would rather do that if I can.

  4. Paul jones

    What is simple syrup?

    1. Todd & Diane

      Good question. It is an equal part sugar and water dissolved together. Sorry, usually I’ll add that to the recipe note. Adding now. Thanks!

  5. Kevin @ Closet Cooking

    Love this idea!

  6. Phillip || SouthernFATTY.com

    This is just tooooo fun! Such a cute way to add a bit of flare to a get-together. Bravo!

  7. Abbe @ This is How I Cook

    Have a Mexican themed bridal shower coming up. This might liven up those bridesmaids!

  8. Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie

    Such an amazing and cute idea! LOVE this!

  9. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    This is so creative and margaritas are my go-to drink! I definitely need to try this!

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