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Watermelon Lemonade Margaritas with a kid-friendly version!

This Watermelon Lemonade Margarita is perfect for your summer BBQ or a Cinco de Mayo celebration! And the kids aren’t left out – they get a non-alcoholic version of Watermelon Lemonade!

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I have never been late to school pick-up, not once in almost 3 years. More, if you count preschool. Until last Monday.

I had to run an errand before pick-up, and I left in plenty of time to make the round-trip. Until I hit every red light both directions and followed every single slow driver across my city, literally.

By the time I got to the school, I had less than one minute until the bell. Of course, at this point there was no parking, so I ended up a block away. As I was getting out of my car, I heard the bell ring.

Now, Jordan’s class always gets out late. Always. But, you know it’s Murphy’s Law: the one time I’m late I figured she’d end up out early and be standing there, crying, because I “forgot” her. And the other moms at pick-up would wonder what shopping line I got stuck in or if my computer ate me or something (not all of them, just the ones that think I play internet games all day and eat bon bons on my couch).

I muttered an obscenity under my breath and did what any sane, rational person would do. I removed the thought-they-were-cute-at-the-time brown wedge sandals I was wearing and ran, barefoot, sprinter style all the way down the block, across the street while waving my arms to stop cross traffic, and over to the second grade classroom waiting area, where Jordan was nowhere in sight, still in her classroom.

And there I was, panting and sweaty from my second workout, waiting when she came out. I dusted off my feet and put my shoes back on. I made it in time. I wasn’t late. No harm, no foul.

Until we got home later that afternoon and I could barely walk. You know, from the sunburn the bottoms of my feet got from my barefoot sprint.

I don’t know about you, but all that calls for a Margarita. Yes?

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And because my kid wants one of everything I make, regardless if she’s allowed because it’s “for adults only”, I made her a kid-friendly (and non-drinker friendly) version.

You start the recipe with a seedless watermelon. Please, I beg of you – buy a seedless one. The first time I made these I didn’t. Do you know how long it takes to de-seed a seeded watermelon? A long, looooong time.

Cut up your watermelon and add it to a blender. Run the blender until it’s completely pureed. Pour the puree into ice cube trays and freeze. This can be done several days in advance. I like to keep cubes in my freezer in case the urge for a margarita hits at random.

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In the warmer months, I almost always have lemonade on hand, either a carton, freshly made, or my old standby: Crystal Light. You can make these drinks with whatever lemonade you have or like.

The margarita has the usual suspects: tequila and triple sec (orange liqueur). But it also has one of my absolute favorite liquors in it: midori. Midori is that green liquid in the liquor section – otherwise known as melon liqueur or melon schnapps. I love me a Midori Martini. Sometime I’ll make that for you. And tell you a really good story.

You blend the frozen watermelon cubes with the liqueurs, some lime juice, and lemonade and you get an amazing Watermelon Lemonade Margarita. These aren’t too strong (feel free to add more tequila if you like your drinks to punch you in the face) but they hit you all at once. Like, it tastes like juice and all of a sudden you realize…it’s not.

And never fear – if you don’t drink or your kids beg you for a margarita when you drink one, I’ve got you covered. Leave out the alcohol, blend up the watermelon with lime juice and lemonade and you will have your favorite lemonade yet. Seriously, it was SO good. Jordan couldn’t get enough of it!

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 And after my school yard sprint, neither could I!

Watermelon Lemonade & Watermelon Margaritas

Watermelon Lemonade & Watermelon Margaritas


  • 4 cups watermelon puree (from 1 small seedless watermelon), frozen into cubes
  • For each Lemonade, kid-friendly (serves 2)
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 cup lemonade
  • 2/3 cup frozen watermelon cubes
  • For each Margarita (serves 1)
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec (orange liqueur)
  • 1/2 ounce midori
  • 4 ounces lemonade (I used Minute Maid 15 calorie from a carton, use what you like)
  • 2/3 cup frozen watermelon cubes


  1. Cut the seedless watermelon into chunks, remove the rind, and puree in a blender. I used a mini watermelon and got 4 cups of puree. You can use a bigger watermelon, if you want! Pour the puree into ice cube trays and freeze, a few hours or overnight.
  2. To make a kid-friendly lemonade: Place lemonade, lime juice, and frozen watermelon cubes in a blender and puree until smooth. Serves 2.
  3. To make margarita: Place lemonade, all alcohols, and frozen watermelon cubes into a blender and puree until smooth. Makes 1 large or 2 small margaritas.

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101 comments on “Watermelon Lemonade Margaritas with a kid-friendly version!

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  5. I’m asking this out of genuine curiousity, so please help me out. If you’re going to cut the watermelon into cubes, blend them, then freeze them back into cubes, can you just freeze the initial watermelon pieces instead? They’re pretty much water anyway, right? Anyway, I’m going to try to make this for Cinco de Mayo if I can find a seedless watermelon in South Korea! Gotta love those Americans celebrating Mexican holidays in Korea!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 2nd, 2014 at 6:34 am

      You totally could Virginia, if you don’t mind the pulp. The blending then re-freezing was so I could strain out all the pulpy bits. It also depends on your blender. Back when I made this I had a blender that didn’t work very well, so I was never guaranteed that all the lumps would be out and white seeds would be dissolved (hence the straining, etc). Now I use a blendtec and it pretty much pulverizes everything, so straining wouldn’t be needed. 🙂


      • Virginia G replied on May 7th, 2014 at 12:47 am

        Thanks for the reply! I didn’t see a step about straining in your directions, so I didn’t realize that’s what you were doing. We have a Vitamix, so we just froze the watermelon cubes. Unfortunately, they stuck together, so it took a bit of patience to get them far enough down that the blender could do its magic. Anyway, our proportions of lemonade to watermelon were slightly off, but it was still fun and delicious for all of us non-drinkers! Thanks!

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  13. Thank you for sharing! It looks really delicious. I always drink normal watermelon juice, I will try it (kid-friendly version :D)


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