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Watermelon Basil Margarita | Chili Sugar Rim

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Gosh, you look thirsty. Are you thirsty? I’m thirsty just thinking about how you thirsty I think you are. Good news! I have just the treat for you. Watermelon Basil Margaritas.

So good, right?  Waaaait for it…

Chili Sugar Rim. [mic drop]

overhead view of watermelon basil margaritas

It’s cool to talk about margaritas on a Monday morning, right?? If talking about this Watermelon Basil Margarita the Monday before Cinco de Mayo is wrong, well…I just don’t want to be right I suppose. Refreshing, hydrating watermelon + fresh sweet basil + a little taste of spicy, smokey, sweet with each sip.

Might as well make a pitcher because these are going to disappear quick! Like that time I needed to ‘test’ the recipe again 😉

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watermelon and basil muddled in a glass

fresh fruit for all

So you’re the go-to bartender at home, right? I bet you are. Though you may not be chiseling ice cubes by hand (bonus hipster points if you are) but if you are using fresh fruit and herbs in your cocktails at home, well, cheers to you my friend. You have unlocked the secret to superb homestyle libations.

Not only are you bring ultra vibrant flavors to your homemade creations, but the natural colors make these Watermelon Basil Margaritas a treat for the eyes too.

fresh watermelon around watermelon basil margaritas

If you were around for my recent Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita post, you enjoyed a brief little rabbit trail about bar utensils. Just in case, here are some of my most used bar equipment – the cocktail tea strainer being an important factor to this recipe!

Here are those links again:

Sweet, spice and all the nice

Once you have your sweet basil, watermelon tequila dream in a glass ready you are welcome to pour it on ice and dive right in. But if a little spice is what your searching for I have just the thing. This Chili Sugar Rim is all the things.

Sweet and a little crunchy from the turbinado sugar texture. Smokey chili powder and spicy heat finish on the back of the tongue from a touch of cayenne pepper.

Things were good before and they just. got. better.

So here’s a toast to Mondays not need to be quite so ‘Monday’ after all. Especially when the involve Watermelon Basil Margaritas with Chili Sugar Rim.

Watermelon Basil Margarita close up

Watermelon Basil Margarita

Watermelon Basil Margarita | Chili Sugar Rim

Refreshing, sweet watermelon with herbaceous basil are the perfect flavors for a summertime margarita!  The Chili Sugar Rim brings the spice and nice!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Cocktails, Drinks, Margaritas
Cuisine: Cocktails, Mexican
Keyword: fresh fruit cocktails, fruit margarita, herb infused cocktails, watermelon margarita
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 344kcal
Author: Lauren


Watermelon Basil Margarita

  • ¾ cup watermelon pieces cubed
  • 8 leaves fresh basil
  • 3 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 ½ tbsp agave nectar
  • 3 tbsp triple sec
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice

Chili Sugar Rim

  • ¼ cup turbinado sugar such as Sugar in the Raw
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper


Watermelon Basil Margarita

  • In a cocktail shaker, add watermelon, basil and a few pieces of ice.  Muddle until watermelon is well juiced and basil is torn.
  • Add agave, triple sec, and lime juice and fill with ice.  Cover and shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds.
  • Rub the edge of the glass with a fresh lime wedge or lightly dip the glass in fresh lime juice.  Dip in Chili Sugar Rim mixture and move glass around to fully coat.
  • Double strain using the cocktail tea strainer into the freshly rimmed glass.  Finish with fresh ice.

Chili Sugar Rim

  • In a small bowl, combine sugar, chili powder and cayenne pepper.  Stir to combine.  Empty onto a small plate.


Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 946IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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Wednesday 4th of September 2019

Missing the tequila in the recipe? How much did you put in?


Thursday 5th of September 2019

3 ounces - this recipe will make two drinks!


Monday 29th of May 2017

This looks delicious, I'm very intrigued about the chilli sugar rim!


Tuesday 2nd of May 2017

This is perfect for Summer! I absolutely love anything with watermelon. I can't wait to try this.


Monday 1st of May 2017

Yum! These are some of my favorite ingredients! I bet this drink is tasty.

xo, Elizabeth //

Cait Weingartner

Monday 1st of May 2017

This cocktail is as pretty as I'm sure it's delicious! I bet the watermelon and basil flavor is so refreshing on a hot summer day. I'm really looking forward to trying this drink!


Tuesday 2nd of May 2017

So so refreshing! Perfect for summer days! Thanks :)